357 Mag (950 fps), Hollow Point, BHN 10.4, Bare Gel (PC HP Test)

(This video was first posted to YouTube on September 25, 2017.)

Shooting the 357 Magnum (loaded to just over 38 Special +P), Hollow Point, 1:16 alloy with a BHN of 10.4 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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TreeTopFlier
TreeTopFlier

This really is top notch information. All of these tests you’ve done have really moved the ball for casting IMHO. I would recommend everyone bookmark your spreadsheets or even download and print for safe keeping. Looking through the data, I wonder if there isn’t a line you could draw for hollow point cast bullet expansion that would let you approximate the correct BHN for velocity?
Great stuff LOB. I really need a hollow point mold.

Mike Treen
Mike Treen

👍🏻👍🏻

Chicowize
Chicowize

Nice test, I think it’s time to turn up the gas to get them moving just a little faster. Wondering if lowering the bhn would help maybe with results you’re seeking. Good video thanks for sharing

Jerry 1911
Jerry 1911

Curious about the first pill breaking like that. But #4 was beginning to show promise. I really need get a HP 358 mold…. good series, Bacon!

CharlieBrassStuffer
CharlieBrassStuffer

Those little mushrooms sure put the brakes on don’t they. Mushrooms remained wide and for the most part didn’t fold back, for the speed I think they did pretty well. Of course the FBI guys would give’Ya a turned up nose but who cares about them anyway? This would be a good ‘in house’ defensive load if you worry about ‘pass throughs’ and ‘collateral damage’.