Ammo Quest 380 ACP: Winchester PDX1 bare gel test


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(from Aug 2013)

Fourth in a series of a quest to find the overall best ammunition for a Taurus TCP 738 micro-compact 380 ACP pistol. Using the ClearBallistics gel as a test medium, I will be putting several of today's most popular hollowpoints to the test, determining how well they penetrate and expand into the ballistics gel when fired from the TCP. In this installment, I am testing the Winchester PDX1 95-grain bonded jacketed hollow points.

I am chronographing the rounds as well as firing five rounds per block so that we get a more statistically relevant result, rather than the typical ammo test where only one round is fired. Ammo can behave a bit unpredictably, and the results of any one bullet are in no way representative of how the ammunition performs overall. In this test, I got quite poor penetration results, but excellent, consistent expansion.

Note: I'm not making any claims for these videos other than that these are the results I achieved, in my own testing, from the stated pistol. I have no intention to make a blanket endorsement or indictment of any product, only to review and report what I found in a given instance. Obviously it is incumbent upon each individual to conduct their own research and make up their own mind about which defensive ammunition is best for their own purposes.

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