Test Gun: Sig P229, Beretta Nano.
Barrel length: 3.9, 3 inches.
Ammunition: Remington 147gr BJHP Golden Saber
Test media: 10% Clear Ballistics Gel.
Distance: 10 feet.
Chronograph: Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph G2.
Five shot velocity average: 1036, 997fps
Gel Temperature 70 degrees.
In the fifth installment of the budget 9 series, we take a look at the lighter weight brother of the last cartridge we shot. The Remington 124gr BJHP Golden Saber. The price on this one comes in at $15.99 a box of fifty, a dollar less than the 147gr version.
From the Sig P229, I got an average velocity of 1036fps with a high of 1065fps and a low of 984.
In the Nano, I got a five-shot velocity average of 997 fps with a high of 1020fps and a low of 975fps.
From the Sig, the first round in the bare gel had a velocity of 967fps and penetrated to 16.5 inches. The expansion was .64 inches and recovered weight was 122.4 grains. The second round had a velocity of 1012fps and penetrated to 15.5 inches. the bullet expanded to .64 inches also and had a recovered weight of 123.3 grains.
When shot in the clothing covered gel the first round had a velocity of 1003fps and penetrated to 20 inches. There was no expansion but part of the hollow point had separated. Recovered weight was 121.4 grains. Round two hit the gel block at a velocity of 1093fps and penetrated to 18 inches. The bullet expanded to .64 inches and had a recovered weight of 120.1 grains.
From the Nano, the first round in the gel had a velocity of 1007fps and penetrated to 16 inches. It expanded to .63 inches and had a recovered weight of 123.9 grains. The last round traveled at 991fps and penetrated to 15.75 inches. The expansion was also .63 inches and the recovered weight was 123.4 grains.