More AP ammo testing

As planned Caleb and I did some more tests with Ry’s test target. Video and commentary by Caleb.


We went to the Boomershoot site expecting to find little or no snow. We should have called ahead. There was about two feet of snow and we were unable to make it to the Taj Mahal with all our gear. We made do at the first berm. We used a paper target to zero the gun for this range (25 yards) then took a single shot with each caliber at the stack of steel plates at the base of the stump. The bullets at the steel plate went over the chronograph.


This was our setup.



In the following video you see the result of SS-109 and 30.06 blacktip ammo shot at the stack of steel plates each 0.25 inches thick. There is a gap of about 0.75 inches between each plate. Estimated velocity of the .223 bullet at the target is 2600 fps. Estimated velocity of the 30.06 bullet at the target is 2360 fps.


The .223 went through one and almost penetrated the second plate. The 30.06 went through three plates and partially into the fourth.



The .300 Win Mag pushing hand-loaded 162 grain military surplus black tip bullets was able to hit the target with a velocity of about 3315 fps. It went through all six plates:



Update: See also this paper on AP ammo. It’s just the first page (you have to pay for the rest of it) but it’s interesting reading.

7 thoughts on “More AP ammo testing

  1. Rob; I have one in 308. It’s the HBAR version. I believe they called it the “Varmint” model when I got it. I like it, though I haven’t tried loading it with AP, or any handloads at all. With Black Hills 175 Match it stays inside 1 MOA at 200. Factory trigger has a touch of creep, though one of the several after-market adjustable drop-ins would no doubt fix that.

  2. Cool post, but have I ever mentioned how much it weirds me out when you mention “Caleb”? My first thought was “wait, I haven’t been to Idaho since…oh, he’s talking about the other Caleb.”

  3. I’d imagine you hear other people being called “Joe” a lot more often than I hear the name “Caleb”. I guess I just learned to key in on it when I hear it/see it in print.

  4. The Hungarian milsurp 7.62×54 that I feed to Mosins makes a spectacular spark upon hitting the backstop at my favorite indoor range. I presume this means they have steel cores? I wonder what these would do to your plates?

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