March 2005

Firing Line: 03/05

Bullet-Testing Disagreements
Re “‘Survivor’ Bullet Testing: .45 ACP 230-Grain Hollowpoints,” October 2004:

I was greatly disappointed to see this article. It contained several glaring errors, and is far below the standards I have come to expect from your magazine.

My first problem with the article is the statement that “water does an amazing job of generating the same results, vis-a-vis penetration and expansion, as 10-percent ordnance gelatin.” While properly prepared and calibrated gelatin does do a good job reproducing tissue, water does not. Water, tissue, and gelatin have similar densities and will generate similar expansion results, but because water cannot support...

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