The Little Lever That Could: Hornady .357mag 140gr FTX Leverevolution carbine gel test

by Andrew

y it at Ventura Munitions:

We shoot Hornady .357mag 140gr FTX Leverevolution ammunition from a Rossi M92 lever action carbine with a 16″ barrel into Clearballistics ballistic gel to measure velocity, penetration, expansion/fragmentation, and retained weight.

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Bare gel

Penetration: 25.4″
Retained weight: 121.3gr, 121.7gr
max expansion: 0.586″, 0.560″
Min expansion: 0.464″, 0.475″

Heavy clothing

Penetration: 26.2″, 26.2″
Retained weight: 121.1gr, 121.7gr
max expansion: 0.541″, 0.582″
Min expansion: 0.441″, 0.478″

Velocities in fps:
Average: 1,747.80
StdDev: 9.93
Min: 1,734
Max: 1,762
Spread: 28

Rossi M92 lever action carbine

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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 ( 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

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  • Retfed Retfed on Jun 13, 2018

    Is shooting a carbine round out of a carbine at pistol ranges a fair test? Would the round perform better at 50 or 100 yards? Just curious. I think you're right about this being a hunting round, which might be a good reason to test it at longer ranges. (I know you run these tests as defensive round tests, but why pass up a chance to do more shooting?)

    As usual, an interesting test and a well-made video.

  • Jim22 Jim22 on Jun 13, 2018

    As a hunting round that would be used on medium game the penetration would possibly be less. A deer's rib would slow it down and start expansion earlier, think. Paul Harrell's 'Meat Target' would be a better test than bare gel. It appears that this combination of the Hornady FTX ammunition and a sixteen or eighteen inch barrel would be a very effective deer gun out to 100 yards o a bit more. Solid-top rifles with low power scopes attached would help with shot placement. Think Marlin 1894 or Ruger 77/357.

    • Alphawhiskey Alphawhiskey on Jun 13, 2018

      @Jim22 I was just thinking that same thing regarding the meat target. Also, I wonder if it's fragmenting on entry so much because the round is impacting the gel slightly above its optimal expansion speed. At what range would the penetration depth begin to decline?