Saturday, September 21, 2013

Silver Bear 7.62x39 Soft Point Ballistic Gel Test



Finished up the testing of the Silver Bear 7.62x39 125gr soft point round.  Lots of folks say Russian soft point rounds don't expand; well I figured I'd test them to see if that's the case. Here are the conditions and results. 

Test conditions: 
-16'' SGL21
-Test rounds fired from 15 feet 
-"FBI spec" (Their term, not mine...) Clear Ballistics gel block
 
Chrono Data: 
-2403 feet per second
-1601 foot pounds of energy 

Results:

-Expansion started at 1'' mark
-Pretty nasty wound track
-Steel jacket separated from the core
-20.5'' penetration

Here's the video showing the test, the permanent cavity, both shots into the gel, and a discussion of the results:




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