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Ballistics-Gel Testing: What It Does and Doesn't Tell You

Though it has become an industry standard for testing terminal performance of ammunition, ballistic gelatin doesn’t tell you all you need to know.

.357 Mag. Federal 180-grain JHP

If a recovered bullet could be described as pretty, this one would win the beauty pageant.

.40 S&W Hornady Critical Defense 165-grain FTX

How does the Hornady Critical Defense .40 S&W load perform in terminal testing?

.40 S&W Hornady Critical Duty 175-grain FlexLock

How does Hornady's newest self-defense load perform?

.38 Spl. 140-grain Wilson Combat Hornady XTP

This load from Wilson Combat offers a fine alternative to .357 Mag. fodder without the punishing recoil.

.40 S&W Remington 180-grain Golden Saber BJHP

A look at the terminal performance of one of the best .40 S&W loads on the market.

.357 Mag. Speer 135-grain Gold Dot

How does this lighter-weight .357 Mag. load perform?

.357 Mag. Speer 158-grain Gold Dot

Don't overlook the .357 Mag., especially not this option from Speer.

.45 ACP Speer 230-grain Gold Dot (Short Barrel)

Speer offers a line of ammunition specifically engineered for short-barreled handguns. Here's how one of its .45 ACP loads performs.

.38 Super +P Buffalo Bore 124-grain JHP

If you can handle the power, this load may be ideal for .38 Super fans.

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