BALLISTIC GELATIN PERFORMANCE OF SELECTED .223 BARRIER ROUNDS

All information on this page provided by Doctor Gary Roberts

5.56 Black Hills load using the 50gr Barnes TSX

Barrel Length Velocity
8" 2634 fps
10.5" 2749 fps
14.5" 3105 fps
20" 3205 fps

5 shot averages fired at 3 meters from 14.5" M4 w/ave MV of 3012 fps:

BG: pen=14.7" RD=0.47" RW=49.9gr
Steel: pen=19.4" RD=0.22" RW=49.6gr
Wall: pen=16.7" RD=0.46" RW=49.9gr
Auto Glass: pen=17.0" RD=0.36" RW=43.4gr
 

  Penetration Recovered Diameter Recovered Weight
Bare Gelatin 14.7" 0.47" 49.9gr
Steel 19.4" 0.22" 49.6gr
Wallboard 16.7" 0.46" 49.9gr
Auto Glass 17.0" 0.36" 43.4gr

The following picture shows the performance of the 50gr TSX out of an 8" barrel (top) and a 20" barrel (bottom). As you can see, the performance out of a rifle with a very short barrel compared is the basically the same as with a standard rifle length barrel.

Pictures of bullets recovered from shots into bare gelatin out of an 8" barrel:

 

.223 BH loaded Nosler 60 gr Partition JSP, vel=2685 fps from a 16 1/7

  Penetration Neck Length Max TX diameter Recovered Diameter Recovered Length Recovered Weight
Bare Gelatin 18.5" 3.5cm 11.5cm @11.5cm (3.5-20cm) 0.41" 0.43" 52.5gr
Auto Glass 18.9" 0cm 8.5cm @10cm (0-15cm) 0.36" 0.34" 43.4gr

Nosler 60 gr Partition in bare gel at 10 ft from 16" barrel:

 

.223 Fed 62 gr JSP Tactical (LE223T3), vel= 2681 fps from a 16" 1/7

  Penetration Neck Length Max TX diameter Recovered Diameter Recovered Length Recovered Weight
Bare Gelatin 15.4" 1.5cm 11cm @10cm (1.5-18cm) 0.48" 0.36" 61.8gr
Auto Glass 14.0" 0cm 9cm @10cm (0-16.5cm) 0.46" 0.36" 46.9gr

 

.223 Rem 62 gr bonded JSP, vel=2704 fps from a 16" 1/7

  Penetration Neck Length Max TX diameter Recovered Diameter Recovered Length Recovered Weight
Bare Gelatin 13.0" 0.5cm 7.5cm @9.5cm (0.5-16cm) 0.57" 0.32" 61.6gr
Auto Glass 12.0" 0cm 7cm @9cm (0-15cm) 0.49" 0.28" 56.6gr

 

.223 Speer 64 gr JSP Gold Dot, vel=2549 fps from a 16" 1/7

  Penetration Neck Length Max TX diameter Recovered Diameter Recovered Length Recovered Weight
Bare Gelatin 15.4" 2cm 9.5cm @12cm (2-21cm) 0.50" 0.35" 59.2gr
Auto Glass 16.5" 0cm 8cm @7.5cm (0-16cm) 0.44" 0.33" 35.5gr

Speer 64 gr GD in bare gel at 10 ft from 16" barrel: