Ballistic gelatin tests of wide variety of ammunition

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Jay emailed me a link to The Brass Fetcher Online. It looks like it has been around for years but I never came across it. It is amazing. They have gel test results, including photos, for a while range of cartridges, often more than one brand. Everything from .17 HMR to 5.7x25mm to 12 gauge.

Federal Tactical rifled slug

Observation from testing the above Federal slug:

The 16x6x6 inch block, upon being struck with the projectile, flipped 1.5 feet into the air and off of the test stand. Permanent cavity was 6” in diameter, until 10.5” depth.

That is why shotguns scare the crap out of me. When I am in a gun shop and hear the clack-clack of a 12 gauge pump, without noticing a customer handling one, I almost always get a fright!

They also offer a ammunition testing service. For a price they can test your favorite brand of defensive or hunting ammunition to ensure it performs as expected.

The site is AMAZING. You must check it out.

Thanks to Jay for the link.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Jdun1911 Jdun1911 on Jan 10, 2009

    It's an amazing site. I first came across it from a thread on (currently a dysfunctional forum) a few years back. The ammo thread on this blog remind me of it.

    The last time I went there was to check on the ballistic of the 7.62x25 for my CZ52. The handgun split out fireballs. it scare the living crap out of the people around me and to be honest I don't want to be anywhere near it when it goes KB!. If you have $150, I highly recommend the CZ52 in your collection. Fun handgun to shoot.

  • Jdun1911 Jdun1911 on Jan 10, 2009

    Just got this in. Guy survived a 9mm headshot from a MP5.

    AR15 trigger jammed? Forgot to switch the safety off? That kind of mistakes can kill you or worst your buddies.