Ballistic Gelatin Performance of the 130gr Barnes TSX as loaded by CorBon

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.308 Barnes 130 gr TSX loaded by Corbon fired from 18" barrel M1A; Average velocity = 2965 fps.

  Penetration Neck Length Max TX diameter Recovered Diameter Recovered Length Recovered Weight
Bare Gelatin 23.8" 1cm 14.5cm @ 11cm, extending to 24cm 0.54" 0.53" 130.5gr
Auto Glass 17.3" 0cm 10cm @ 9cm, extending to 17cm 0.45" 0.69" 116.0gr

Photo below depicts the Barnes 130 gr TSX in the left column (BG/AG) and the Swift 150 gr Scirocco bonded PT in the right column (BG/AG).

308 TSX

While the Barnes all copper TSX bullets are great projectiles and offer good penetration through barriers, when first hitting a laminated automobile windshield intermediate barrier, most TSX bullets exhibit less expansion than bonded JSPís. As demonstrated again in this test, the Barnes jacket either collapses at the nose, the jacket "petals" fold back against the core, or the "petals" are torn off; this results in a caliber size projectile configured a lot like a full wadcutter, leading to deep penetration at the expense of reduced tissue damage.

The current .308 rifle loads that offer the best terminal performance when fired from a 16" barrel semi-auto rifles, include the Remington 150 gr Core-Lokt Ultra Bond JSP, followed by the Speer 150 gr Gold Dot JSP, and Swift 150 gr Scirroco bonded PT.

Good barrier blind choices from a longer barrel or bolt gun include the Federal Tactical using the 165 gr Trophy Bonded Bear Claw JSP, Black Hills loaded 180 gr Nosler Accubond PT, Nosler 150 & 165 gr Partition, Remington loaded Swift Scirocco II 150 & 165 gr bonded PT, Swift A-Frame 165 gr JSP, Remington Core Lokt Ultra Bonded 150 & 180 gr JSP, Speer 150 & 168 gr Gold Dot JSP's (and identically constructed Federal 150 & 165 gr Fusion JSP's), Hornady 165 gr Interbond PT.