Magtech 10mm 180gr JHP in Clear Ballistics Gel.

Test Gun: Delta Elite
Barrel length: 5 inches.
Ammunition: Magtech 10mm 180gr JHP.
Test media: 10% Clear Ballistics Gel.
Distance: 10 feet.
Chronograph: Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph G2.
Five shot velocity average: 1188fps
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.

I picked up a box of these Magtach 10mm rounds on my latest shopping adventure through SG Ammo. The price was $15.95 before shipping for 50 rounds. An affordable 180gr JHP at 1200fps for that price sound like a great deal, If it performs. I previously tested the S&B 180gr and while it did well, it came in way under it’s advertised velocity. This ammo, while under it’s advertised velocity, was very close and only missed the mark by 29fps. My only complaint, if I had one, it it’s a little on the flashy side.

I got a five-shot average velocity of 1188fps with a high of 1193fps and a low of 1175fps.

Five rounds at 10 yards offhand.

The first round shot into the bare gel had a velocity of 1197fps and penetrated to 12 inches. The recovered diameter was .78 inches and the recovered weight was 179.1 grains. The second round’s velocity was 1195fps and its penetration was 12.5 inches. The recovered diameter was .74 inches and the recovered weight was 178.5 grains.

Now for the two rounds shot through the heavy clothing. I was not able to get the velocity on the two rounds. The first round penetrated to 17.75 inches and expanded to .66 inches. The recovered weight was 172.8 grains. Round number two also expanded to .66 inches and had a recovered weight of 179 grains with a penetration depth of 16 inches.

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One comment

  1. Great data. This isn’t one of the rounds LuckyGunner tested in their series, and comparing your data with their chart is interesting. They tested in a Glock 20 but none of their recorded velocities were higher than 1200 FPS except the Federal 180gn Trophy Bonded which had no expansion at .40″ and 32″+ of penetration. In fact this ammo appears to be the highest velocity 180gn round (that expands) and tied for largest expansion diameter at 0.76″ (though a smaller set, just 2 shots of data compared to LuckyGunner’s 5) compared to the Sig 180gn V-Crown at 0.76″ but only 1138 FPS, making it arguably the best 180gn load in the combined data set, or at least tied with the 180gn v-crown.


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