357 Mag (1085 fps), Hollow Point, BHN 10.4, Bare Gel (PC HP Test)

(This video was first posted to YouTube on October 14, 2017.)

Shooting the 357 Magnum Hollow Point (loaded to ~1100 fps), 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


Find the entire playlist here: https://thereloadersnetwork.com/playlist/powder-coated-cast-lead-hollow-point-bullet-testing-lob/

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Jerry 1911
Jerry 1911

Looks like the “rule of thumb” 100fps/1BHN is holding true? Can you use the penta pins in your .358 mold? Your .44s with the penta HP seemed to have the best expansion without fragmentation. Just a thought from someone who doesn’t have a HP mold…. yet.
Great testing


I think those would probably still get the job done with the base going as far as it did. Not to mention the small pices would give a surgeon some over time. I am finding this very interesting. I have the same 357. Thanks for all of your hard work!


Nice penetrations. looks like it hit hard on the gel