64gr Speer Gold Dot 223 Ballistics Gel Test & Review

Discussion in '16+' started by plouffedaddy, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. plouffedaddy

    plouffedaddy New Member


    Just finished up the testing of the 223 Speer Gold Dot 64gr soft point round. Here's a summary of the conditions and results.

    Test conditions:
    -16'' PSA mid-length chrome lined barrel
    -70 degrees
    -300 feet above sea level
    -Test rounds fired from 7 feet
    -FBI spec Clear Gel ballistics gel block (more on this below)
    -4 layers of denim

    -2,753 fps average velocity
    -1076 ft/lbs energy
    -18.5'' penetration
    -Maximum expansion measurement: 0.48''
    -Minimum expansion measurement: 0.35''
    -Retained weight: 54 grains

    The manufacture of the gel block, Clear Ballistics, claims their gel meets FBI specs for testing. I calibrate my gel per their specs prior to testing and use 4 layers of denim per IWBA protocol.

    However, by no means am I saying this test is a substitute for the great work industry professionals like Dr. Roberts and others do. I'm just a shooter that likes to learn about the products I use.

    Here's the video showing the test, the permanent cavity, and a discussion of the results: