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|Bullet Weight||180 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)|
|Ammo Caliber||.40 S&W (Smith & Wesson)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||991|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||393|
We wanted to know exactly what happens to a self-defense handgun bullet on impact, so following FBI protocols, we fired five rounds of Magtech 180 gr Bonded from 10 feet, through four layers of cloth (to simulate clothing), into synthetic ballistic gelatin. The photos below show the bullets recovered from the gelatin after being fired from a Glock 27 pistol. There’s also a high speed video that shows the bullet impacting the gelatin block.
All the data we gathered pertaining to expansion and penetration of this load can be found in the chart below, and the diagrams at the bottom of the page show how it compares to other .40 S&W (Smith & Wesson) self-defense loads from our tests.
In addition to the .40 S&W (Smith & Wesson) Magtech 180 gr Bonded, we tested over 100 other self-defense loads, so check out Lucky Gunner Labs for the full story.
|40 S&W 180gr JHP Bonded - Magtech - 50 Rounds|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||15.3||16.3||16.4||16.4||17.1|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.52||0.62||0.69||0.7||0.7|
|Bullet Weight after shot (gr.)||178.9||179.2||179.3||179.4||179.6|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||910||921||924||931||937|
Review by Rich H.
In these crazy days of COVID 19 and a national election less than 2 months away, it's difficult to judge the value of ammunition. If you can find any at all it's going to be inflated in price. I picked up 2 boxes of 50 Magtech 180 grain BJHP in a trade the other day and am very happy with it. It functions flawlessly in my VP-40 and early Shield 40. Accurate, clean and on a couple of filled 5 gallon water jugs totally devastating. Found one of these bullets in the dirt backstop where I was shooting and the expansion looked very similar to the ballistic tests shown above. All in all a quality round you can depend on to go bang and leave a nasty wound in a bad guy should your life be on the line.
(Posted on 9/20/2020)
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