Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Ken

    So, that looks… effective. Ya, let’s go with that.

  • Matt G.

    I never understand why stupid people insist on shooting small blocks of gelatin with highly destructive calibers. You know it’s just going to explode, and be useless, why waste gel? Just use some Koolaid or something in some milk jugs if you want to see shit explode. much easier.

    • bbmg

      In any case, I don’t see the point they were making. If you’re using 300 win mag, it’s because your target is harder or further that what an ordinary 308 round can manage – so demonstrate it either at extreme range or with that gel behind armour.

      • This was a block of ballistic gel that was being used to test .300 Blackout, 6.8 and 5.56mm. It was the end of the day and we decided that we should finish it off in style with the .300 Win. Mag., one of my favorite rounds.

  • John Doe

    As an owner of a .300 Win Mag Remington 700, I can attest to the ridiculous power of the WM. I bought it when I was 19, and being a bit stupid, I went deer hunting with it. At the time, I only went deer hunting at a range of around 150 yards, so that’s what I did. I’m now at ranges of roughly 600 yards. After all, I do want a trophy, not soup.

    • Other Steve

      I keep trying to explain to a co-worker that he probably wants a 308 and not a 300wm or 300wsm. He doesn’t get it. If a little of something is good, more must be better!

    • W

      “At the time, I only went deer hunting at a range of around 150 yards, so that’s what I did.”

      LMAO!!! I bet you had some nice hamburger 😀

  • Robby looks very excited about what’s about to happen.

  • Lance

    Doesn’t seem to work as planned LOL!

  • Much more thump n’ bump than most folk will ever need. But “magnum” sells.

    But then, when I was on Admiralty Island a few years back and saw how far up the bear claw marks were on the trees, my .338 WinMag suddenly didn’t seem like quite enough.

  • Pancho

    Did they use 10% or 20% Gelatin? 10% is topically used for pistol demonstrations. 20% gel reacts very differently and is more representative of the effects on denser tissue. Just about any rifle round will do the same exact thing to 10% gel. This might have been a very deceptive marketing ploy.

  • It’s cute when .Mil guys find a caliber designed to actually kill Big Game instead of just wounding it. They geek out about it and suddenly get an appreciation for power. Yeah, I did the same thing when I was young. You think that’s nifty? Go get a .30-378 Weatherby.

  • Brian in CA

    Might as well shoot watermelons, they’re fun and you don’t have to police up the bits and pieces.

    • Sid

      Why? Watermelon is peaceful! We have no weapons, you can’t possibly…

      You would prefer another target, a vegetable target? Then name the system! I grow tired of asking this so it will be the last time: *Where* is the Watermelon base?

      …Old Campaign Sign. They’re on Old Campaign Sign.

      There. You see, Lord Vader, she can be reasonable. Continue with the operation; you may fire when ready.

      WHAT?

      You’re far too trusting. Old Campaign Sign is too remote to make an effective demonstration – but don’t worry; we will deal with your Watermelon friends soon enough.

  • Alex-mac

    This is a good argument against those who doubt the stopping power of hydrostatic shock.

    • Komrad

      No it isn’t because, as you can see, much of the displaced gel returns to it’s original position without tearing.

      Much of the human body is designed to stretch (muscles, ligaments, tendons, smooth muscles) and is not affected too much by temporary stretching.

  • fred

    mmm which load was it?
    Not really for “big game”.
    The advantage of the wm is the wide variety of bullet weights, the range and the flat trajectory.
    Lots of more powerful rounds for “big game”.
    Full power rifles do stuff to gel..

  • Sid

    We were just preparing for our morning expedition when my best friend read the notice stapled to the Forestry Service bulletin board. He read aloud that the rangers had noticed a spike in the number of rabies infected water-filled milk jugs. I calmed him when I pulled up the Youtube footage of milk jugs being split wide open by my Barrett M107 pushing .50 cal bullets at over 2800 fps.

    I gave a my classic smirk that said “have no fear”. But in the back of my mind I knew our vulnerability. If those rabid milk jugs lined up in groups longer than 10…. or God forbid, had become zombies.

    Still, no sense in scaring him. He was just a young man wanting to walk a National Forest trail with peace of mind. I kept a facade on invisibility as adjusted the two point sling. I vowed that I would not go down without a fight.

    • Rangefinder

      They say as long as you keep them refrigerated…your safe. I don’t allow milk jugs to linger on the counter anymore though. I admit, I am not as fast as I use to be and the gun safe is in another room. At least in the field you have your magnum close by.

  • MW3

    Rofl that looks very epic. 😛

  • Ballistic gel didn’t stand a chance!

  • SGB

    You should see what a .300 does to water. Tears it apart.

    • Nat Edwards

      Has anyone used any of this synthetic clear ballistic gel? I just found a site by the name of ballisekgel.com that sells synthetic ballistic gel. I was thinking about buying some, it looks better than the stuff you make on stove.