- BB calibration: 607 fps, 3.4″
- Impact velocity: 1,182 fps
- Penetration: 22.1″
- Retained weight: 157.3 gr
- Max expansion: 0.398″
- Min expansion: 0.363″
A couple of interesting notes from the forum post on the test, the bullet yawed 180 degrees and ended up with the business end pointing back towards the point of origin. The tester believes it yawed near the end of its travel, not the beginning.
Obviously, this load has plenty of penetration. In fact, when I was young and broke, it’s what I carried in my .357 Magnum guns, because I was young and broke and believed that hitting someone with a .357 Magnum would instantly turn them into a shower of sparks. Of course, these days I know better, but I’d still not be too concerned if this was the only round I had available. Sure, it only expanded to .40 out of the pistol, and it probably overpenetrated, but if I’m choosing between this and a 125 grain FMJ? I’m picking the heavier bullet with some exposed lead.
There’s a real conversation to be had around this topic. You should carry the most effective bullet you can get in your gun, which is why I usually recommend Gold Dots, HST, or Ranger for concealed carry. Also, carrying the same round that your local police carries probably ads a layer of safety if you ever end up in court. But even more importantly than that, you need to carry something in your gun. And you need to be able to hit whatever it is you’re aiming at with that something. There are entire graveyards full of dudes that have been killed with 9mm ball ammo, or 158 grain LRN.
I’m not saying that you should ditch your Ranger T-Series and carry FMJ in your gun. Of course not. More to the point, I’m saying if you don’t have access to the best quality ammo, don’t sweat it. Buy some good FMJ ammo from a reputable company like Federal, and carry that instead. One thing I would say is that if you can’t get Ranger/HST/Gold Dot/Critical Defense, don’t compromise and get something weird like Glaser Safety Slugs or some of those strange boutique rounds. Carry ammo should be from a major manufacturer with a good reputation for quality control. That’s actually why if I had no other choice, I’d carry FMJ from one of those same companies.
In my opinion, it’s a much better idea to carry FMJ from a reputable company than it is to carry a JHP/boutique round from a small company.