Remington 9mm 147gr JHP HTP in Clear Ballistics Gel

Test Gun: Sig P229, Beretta Nano.
Barrel length: 3.9, 3 inches.
Ammunition: Remington 147gr JHP High Terminal Performance
Test media: 10% Clear Ballistics Gel.
Distance: 10 feet.
Chronograph: Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph G2.
Five shot velocity average: 895, 868fps
Gel Temperature 70 degrees.

*Note* This test was conducted with Clear Ballistics Gel. Clear Ballistics is a synthetic gel and does not correlate with Organic gelatin like Vyse Ballistics gelatin.

Number ten and the last of the budget 9 stuff for a while. I’m not going to test the Geco Hexagon round. If I had of done some research before buying it, I would have noticed it wasn’t intended as a self-defense round. This one is the Remington 147gr JHP High Terminal Performance round. It cost $15.99 for a 50 round box but is currently $14.99 from Target Sports.

I handloaded this bullet early on when I started testing and had the same results. I only bought this ammo to see if the factory loaded stuff was the same bullet they were selling to handloaders. Turns out it is and performs just as poorly and I was pushing my handload at around 1000fps IIRC.

I got a five shot average velocity of 895fps from the Sig with a high of 905fps and a low of 885fps.

Five rounds at 10 yards offhand Sig P229

From the Beretta Nano, I got a five shot velocity of 868fps with a high of 888fps and a low of 859fps.

Five rounds at 10 yards offhand Beretta Nano

This part is going to be short. I fired two rounds from the Sig 229 in bare gel and both failed to expand. The velocity of the two rounds was 900fps and 902fps and penetration of 22.75 inches and 23.25 inches.

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One comment

  1. Not intended as a defense round? According to whom? It’s a jacketed hollowpoint, and I see notches in the jacket around the edge of the meplat. Long before the “High Terminal Performance” name change, Remington marketed this round to law enforcement.

    I am curious about how it would perform driven about 100 feet per second faster. Maybe it just isn’t going fast enough to split the copper jacket and allow for expansion. In your tests the Remington “HTP” 115gr JHP in 9mm seems to do well enough, perhaps because it’s traveling quite a bit faster.

    Or maybe not. Prior to the “Golden Saber” line, Remington hollowpoint bullets in semiauto pistol calibers had a very spotty record in terms of performing as advertised back then (early 1980s) and the best you could say about them was that the bullet had a round ogive and a shape and overall length that were a match for FMJ, so they’d probably feed in any old war surplus 1911, P38, Browning Hi-Power with the early “humped” feed ramp, etc. Which made them better suited for carry or duty than the ultra wide mouth hollowpoints from other makers that were pretty much guaranteed to come out of a GI 1911 “hardball” mag and hit a GI 1911’s feed ramp and nose-dive.

    And I know I’m in no position to make requests, but if you ever get a chance to test the Remington RTP45AP2, the 185gr “HTP” hollowpoint in .45 ACP, I’m wondering whether the current production version expands at all in gelatin. Thanks.


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