357 Mag (light load), Hollow Point, BHN 8.0, Bare Gel (PC HP Test)

(This video was first posted to YouTube on April 21, 2017.)

Shooting the 357 Magnum (loaded to just over 38 Special +P), Hollow Point, 1:40 alloy with a BHN of 8.0 into Clear Ballistics Gel from my Taurus 66. This series is a long experiment testing powder coated cast lead hollow point bullets made from various alloys and fired at various velocities.

Consolidated test results: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Tb_gBX5ALiPbMYg_qdvBiUV-fNaLln0r18MIqJXTjrM/edit?usp=sharing

The Lee 358-158-RF mold was hollow pointed by Erik Ohlen at http://www.hollowpointmold.com/
Eastwood Mirror Red Powder: http://www.eastwood.com/hotcoat-powder-mirror-red.html

 


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Walter Bunning
Walter Bunning

James..do you get any of the forcing cone lead/powdercoat going on with that load? I seem to get that with most of my cast/coated loads through my revolvers, though no leading in the rifling.

Catfish745
Catfish745

Interesting… Now gonna have to see if I can come close to that load for the 38.

Full.Lead.Taco
Full.Lead.Taco

357mag is a great, timeless, classic cartridge.

NickJ
NickJ

Glad to see your up and running again cause everything goes better with bacon :-))

JH586
JH586

yeah, man, that’s just cool stuff right there. I don’t care who you ae or how many times you’ve watched it. great testing, Bacon!

Georgiaboy44
Georgiaboy44

Wow, those were impressive. The 38 load sounded like a good one with some expansion and penetration👍🏻

KFW
KFW

Nice job. Nice looking bullets and excellent expansion.

Jerry 1911
Jerry 1911

I sure wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of those! 😮😬😣 I would bet if you increase BHN to about 12, you would be able to push these to 1050+- fps, and get more penetration with the same expansion. Good call on your velocity estimate. I believe that the higher velocity started the expansion sooner, and I think you’ve reached the maximum expansion, due to the design of the bullet, but those expanded better than some of the “store bought” bullets. My wife is going to kill me when I tell her that I HAVE to get that… Read more »

MCK
MCK

Great performance

CharlieBrassStuffer
CharlieBrassStuffer

They are almost double the size of the cast diameter of that round…yup, pretty impressive heh? Actually, that big parachute of a mushroom is 3.67 times larger than the ‘footprint, surface area’ of the .357″ cast HP. They put the brakes on fast but all the energy is transferred into the target, true, not fast enough to liquify organs but certainly putting lots of tissue tearing action and vessel breaking in the big stretch when she goes in. I wonder if ‘controlled expansion’ might get you more penetration, all things the same? Hmmmm…I been wondering about that for a long… Read more »