(from Jul 2013)
Third 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 Speer Gold Dot 90-grain 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 rather good penetration results, and quite consistent expansion.
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