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  1. AndrewWiggin

    Need Advice.

    The best advice I can give you is to find someone local to you let you reload on their equipment with your components and walk you through the steps. The second best advice I can give is to buy the latest Speer manual because it has step by step instructions that will walk you through everything. Take your time and make sure you feel comfortable and confident with each step before you go on to the next. As long as you really read and understand and don't get distracted or try to rush yourself, you'll be fine. It's not rocket surgery.
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    10mm gel tests

    Data for each test is in the description on the YouTube page.
  3. AndrewWiggin

    10mm gel tests

    Data for each test is in the description on the YouTube page.
  4. AndrewWiggin

    10 mm ammo

    From the little bit of testing that I've done so far, the factory loads that I'd recommend are Underwood 180 gr XTP & Buffalo Bore 180 gr with the Montana Gold bullet. Underwood's 165 gr Gold Dot should be good too, but at the bottom end of penetration requirements.
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    10mm gel tests

    I retested the 200 gr XTP at a lower velocity and with the addition of denim. Good news: it goes plenty deep at this velocity when fired through denim. Bad news: it REALLY doesn't want to expand. All three shots failed to expand and only one came to a rest inside the gelatin. Unfortunately, because of this and because one of the Gold Dots left the side of the block, both blocks had been shot up pretty badly and really didn't give the opportunity to take any good pictures. 200 gr XTP @ 1,037 fps: 10mm 200 gr XTP @ 1037 fps gelatin test - YouTube 180 gr Gold Dot @ 1,317 fps: 10mm 180 gr Gold Dot @ 1,317 fps gelatin test - YouTube Next up: 65 gr Sierra Game King hand load and 75 gr Prvi Partisan BTHP. Both from 11.5" AR. Unless I get distracted by something shiny.
  6. AndrewWiggin

    10mm gel tests

    I retested the 200 gr XTP at a lower velocity and with the addition of denim. Good news: it goes plenty deep at this velocity when fired through denim. Bad news: it REALLY doesn't want to expand. All three shots failed to expand and only one came to a rest inside the gelatin. Unfortunately, because of this and because one of the Gold Dots left the side of the block, both blocks had been shot up pretty badly and really didn't give the opportunity to take any good pictures. 200 gr XTP @ 1,037 fps: 180 gr Gold Dot @ 1,317 fps: Next up: 65 gr Sierra Game King hand load and 75 gr Prvi Partisan BTHP. Both from 11.5" AR. Unless I get distracted by something shiny.
  7. I've been working on testing 10mm and other ammo in ballistic gelatin and I've been posting the results in the reloading section but it occurred to me that some of you might not get over there so I'll post links here. A disclaimer first: this is not technically real ballistic gelatin in the sense that I've used grocery store gelatin rather than 250A bloom photographer's gelatin. I have taken care to ensure that it calibrates correctly and to post the BB calibration results along with each test. Theoretically, it might not be exactly perfect but it's a whole lot better than water or wet pack and probably better than the commercial mediums such as Simtest and Cleargel. I know this is the factory ammo forum but some of my hand loads are similar to available factory loads. Hopefully this will give you an idea of what performance to expect from factory ammo. 180 gr Buffalo Bore (Montana Gold bullet): 200 gr XTP hand load: 165 gr Gold Dot hand load: 180 gr XTP hand load: Next up will be a slower 200 gr XTP and a 180 gr Gold Dot. After that, I'll probably do a 180 gr Winchester JSP and probably a 155 gr Barnes TAC-XP. Let me know what you're most interested in.
  8. I've got some with the MT Gold bullet that I just tested last weekend. The rest of my tests are posted in the hand loading forum. Is it just me or does that propellant look an awful lot like 800X? I'll have to run over to Sportsman's Warehouse to see if they still have the older MT Gold bullet or not. For what it's worth, I think the Gold Dot is a far superior bullet but the fragmentation that MT Gold does is intriguing.
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    10mm gel tests

    180 gr Buffalo Bore: Retained weight: 167.8 gr Max expansion: 0.734" Min expansion: 0.670"
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    10mm gel tests

    200 gr XTP: Bullet #1 Retained weight: 182.3 gr Max expansion: 0.683" Min expansion: 0.622" Bullet #2 Retained weight: 187.8 gr Max expansion: 0.690" Min expansion: 0.601"
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    10mm gel tests

    BB calibration was 597 fps and 3.25" for one block and 602 fps and 3.75" for the other block. First up: 200 gr XTP over 8.1 gr of 800-X. I forgot to place the denim over the block for this test. At first I was pretty disappointed but I had intended for this load to be my woods load and critters don't usually wear clothes. From other tests I know that the XTP still performs through denim and generally JHPs seem to penetrate a bit less in bare gelatin. Anyway, it is what it is. Sorry I forgot. I'll definitely retest with the denim. The first shot had an impact velocity of 1,134 fps and penetrated 15.75". The second shot had an impact velocity of 1,142 fps and penetrated 15.5". Next is 180 gr Buffalo Bore. The first shot impacted at 1,335 fps and penetrated 14.5". The second shot impacted at 1,330 and I got distracted by something shiny and neglected to measure penetration. Next, I fired some Yugo M67 ball into a steel target, first with bare gelatin, then with denim covering. The first shot shows the effect of 3 shots on bare gelatin vs. one shot "protected" by denim. I'll post more pics, data, and video later after I have a chance to melt the blocks down and take measurements.
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    10mm gel tests

    You're right about that. They are crazy tough.
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    10mm gel tests

    Crappy video:
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