22plinkster Tests Lehigh Defense Xtreme Penetrators

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Earlier this month I posted about the new Lehigh Defense Xtreme Penetrator rounds, and among the questions raised was the fact that there didn’t seem to be many video reviews done thus far. Well, now there’s another one: 22plinkster, of YouTube fame, has done a video test of the Xtreme Penetrator rounds, putting them up against bulletproof glass.

A quick recap, courtesy of Lehigh Defense: “The magic happens with the nose design where the radial flutes force the hydraulic energy inward and then as the energy is restricted, it accelerates outward creating high pressure spikes damaging surrounding tissue. Kind of similar to sticking your thumb over a garden hose. You can see the radial pressure spikes in the gel pictures. Each crack showing in the gel represents a permanent wound. The permanent wound cavity of the XP is from two to four times greater than what a flat or ball nose bullet generates and often larger than traditional expanding bullets. So what you get is exceptional penetration coupled with a larger permanent wound cavity. Look at the data chart, no other bullet gives you this wound volume.

The nose also incorporates sharp cutting edges for defeating barriers. No, it is not a buzz saw like other manufactures would tell you as the bullet will only rotate at the same rate as the barrel twist; if the barrel twist is one turn in twenty inches, then the bullet will only make one revolution in twenty inches of penetration. Where flat nose and ball nose bullets tend to push material away, we have created a nose with minimal surface area increasing the force at the point of barrier contact. Pounds per square inch. Where the energy is a constant based on bullet weight and velocity, if you decrease the square inches of surface area, you increase the pounds.”

And now, the video review courtesy of 22plinkster:

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  • Jonathan Ferguson Jonathan Ferguson on Sep 18, 2015

    Radial cracks in gel are evidence of a *temporary* cavity, not a permanent one.

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    • Bosley Bosley on Sep 21, 2015

      @Bill True. Like all ball/non JHP you're restricted to CNS hits for good stops, so that's a plus.

  • Salty Salty on Oct 13, 2015

    you know, this ammo lethality fetishism is perverse.