Winchester Ranger penetration data
Remember how I said that when you get up into service calibers, the difference between 9mm, .357 Sig, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP was insignificant? Well, it turns out I was right. Science is cool. Winchester fired all their Ranger rounds through the FBI protocols: bare gel, denim, heavy clothing, wallboard, plywood, steel, and auto glass. The graph is pretty interesting for multiple reasons, for example the .380 ACP performed poorly in all tests. Possibly the most interesting part of the graph to me is that the “T”-Series 230 grain .45 projectile that is used in both the .45 GAP and the .45 ACP failed the plywood test completely. It failed to expand and acted like an FMJ after defeating plywood, and penetrated 18 inches of gel.
The graph is cool, even if you’re not that interested in terminal ballistics. But if you are, it’s especially interesting because all the service cartridges (9mm and up) have roughly the same terminal ballistic performance. Now, while Winchester tries to restrict the sale of the “bonded” Ranger to LE only, it’s still legal for non LE to own, and is available from some shops. Go to Gunbroker and search their ammo section for “Ranger”.