Can you identify these rounds? They are all mentioned in post/project. These are quality choices in 22LR and 25 ACP.
Give these rounds a hand.
The armor (test beds)! and rounds from session one will be viewed and or discussed also. As of now all photos are of session two.
Probably all test beds will be reused to test the 25 XTP versus the CCI Stinger and Velocitor. More below…. It is also likely the gray colored test bed may be used for 32 and 380 eventually. I may have to tweak design a tad but not much.
The metal test bed will not really need repair and I will shoot the Stinger and Velocitor against it too. I am curious to see how they fare against it. The 32 never really penetrated the metal design. The 25 XTP did as did 380. The XTP made cleanest home through four pieces of steel, two pieces of aluminum, and four vinyl tiles. It is a wonder that round. The 32 was PPU FMJ. The 380 Perfecta FMJ, which I am told is made by Fiocchi.
In fact at first, for data’s sake, I will leave gray design unchanged.
I will elaborate on these photos and my findings eventually. For now, you can read my initial write up for session two and they will start to make more sense.
Analysis of top picture: I could write a lot. But first I want to look at bullet composition in terms of how that composition performs. All FMJs are not the same. See that Crushed bullet? That is a PPU FMJ in 25ACP. The barrier exploded the round, round done.
Look to right, see gold colored round ? It is misshapen but intact. It is a Fiocchi FMJ in 25 ACP with same grain weight as the PPU. Fiocchi wins. Ballistic gel won’t show you this difference. The difference matters. It matters in terms of penetration.
“Jump” to the Picture below where gold round is “standing” on its point. It is standing because it did what the 22LRs and PPU 25 could not. It started to penetrate Lexan barrier. It penetrates best of the FMJs I have tested, but overall the 25ACP F-XTP outclasses all other 22LRs or 25s in 2.4 inch barrels. It ripped right through this barrier. The 32 ACP did too. I didn’t shoot it with 380.
The lead round you see in picture is the Eley Force. It stayed intact but did not penetrate. It is a good choice for Beretta 21 A.
Truth be told, 25 ACP is best choice for penetration in this parameter set.
It is not close when Fiocchi rounds are used. They blow others away.
I DO NOT RECOMMEND you use PPU 25 ACP as a self defense round. Use it only if you have no better choice.
I would recommend the following 22LRs over PPU 25ACP: Eley Force, CCI Mini Mag CPRN, and CCI Tactical.
I have not tested them against these barriers yet but probably CCIs, Stingers and Velocitors too. Although the XTP will still win overall. I have looked at the numbers and I don’t see anything beating XTP. The Stinger may come close but it will be 3 grains less and about 40 FPS slower.
I am going to test these. We never know for certain until we test. The composition qualities of Stinger will play a role and I won’t know until I test. It is possible one or both could do better than the XTP but I don’t think they will. They might.
I will add more analysis later. I have rebuilt two of the gray test beds, just need to seal them. The top test bed will be pitched and replaced as it is beyond reuse.
I may leave the other two gray test beds alone now for later reference.
I repaired the gray test beds from session 1 22LR tests. I want to go retest today from a I want to shoot deal but I am going to wait, do more analysis, building of test beds and planning for session 3.
I may even test gray test beds against my Beeman in .177 and .22. I can do that at home.