10mm Auto HSM 180 gr Gold Dot JHP Gel Test Review

10mm HSM 180 gr Gold Dot JHP provided by Ventura munitions is fired from 4.5″ EAA Witness at bare ballistic gel and through heavy clothing to assess penetration depth, expansion, and weight retention to determine suitability for defense.

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Andrew is a combat veteran of OEF and has performed hundreds of ballistic tests for his YouTube channel, The Chopping Block (https://www.youtube.com/user/chopinbloc). He is an avid firearm collector and competitor and lives with his family in Arizona. If you have any questions, you may email him at choppingblocktests@gmail.com


  • somedingus

    Video shows as “Unavailable” as of 12:45AM PST Tuesday morning.

  • Celine

    Yes ^-^/ 🖤, a new ballistics gel test~

  • Sunshine_Shooter

    Why is this video private?

    • Bucho4Prez

      Couldn’t get the gel to sign a release

  • 22winmag

    I’ve seen enough grossly underpowered 10mm to last me a lifetime. Thankfully 1,250fps SIG FMJ is usually available at somewhat reasonable prices.

    • Westwood

      yeah you should be pushing 1300fps with 180gr in 10mm

      • FightFireJay

        That’s less than a 4% difference. I’m gonna go ahead and call it good enough.

  • ActionPhysicalMan

    You have become a very pleasant presenter, IMO.

  • Bigg Bunyon

    My PAC2 shows my favorite 10mm load with Golden Saber bullets to be 1,248 fps average. My favorite .40 S&W load with the same bullet clocks 967 fps average. Why would I waste my time with a .40 S&W load in a 10mm gun? That’s like buying a Lamborghini to buy groceries.

  • gunsandrockets

    1,060 fps? Yep, that’s pretty weak all right. Good to know.

  • Ebby123

    Give me some of that Buffalo Bore – 1,430 FPS with a 180gr bullet!!
    That’s over 800 ft-lbs of energy compared to the Gold Dot’s 450 ft-lbs.

  • Big Daddy

    The whole problem with gold dots is that they are .40 S&W bullets not designed for the velocity of a 10mm. They would probably work best with the lower velocities of a 40 S&W.

    What’s needed is a bullet designed specifically for the higher velocities of the true 10mm. A bonded JHP designed for that would be devastating. As fas as I know nobody makes them. All the ammo out there that uses a bonded JHP are using the 40 S&W bullet.

    • 22winmag

      Maybe the SIG V-Crown made by Sierra? It’s marketed as a 10mm specific bullet and available in 100 packs for reloading.

      • Big Daddy

        I’d like to see some gel tests first. Many of the SIG rounds have been failures so far.

      • Big Daddy

    • FightFireJay

      Not bonded, but physically core locked, the Hornady Critical Duty 10mm rounds use a bullet specific to 10mm, not a recycled .40 S&W projectile (supposedly).

  • RetroG

    A generic thought occurs to me watching this. Bare gel and four layers of denim, neither is what I’ve ever seen people wearing (well, maybe at a beach for the bare gel). One layer of t-shirt, then add a layer of sweater, then maybe a layer of leather.

    It is pretty obvious the bullet is the same one from a 40. The velocities are nothing to write home about. An XTP going 1200-1400 would be a better load.

    • FightFireJay

      Ballistics gelatin is used because it can be calibrated to be consistent, so we have apples to apples testing protocol. Real penetration in badguys is 1/3 to 1/2 less.

      4 layers of denim is the toughest non-barrier standard. So if it expands with 4 layers of specific weight denim, then it’ll expand if the perp’ is wearing a canadian tuxedo or a carhart.

  • Marcus D.

    How is it possible for a projectile to increase in speed once it has slowed down? It is not. Reducing the drag when the petals fold back will only result in the velocity decreasing less rapidly, but it will tincrease. Not unless of course those bullets have rocket motors in their tails.