Prograde .357 Magnum 200gr Hard Cast “Bear Grade” In Clear Ballistics Gel.

Test Gun: Smith & Wesson Model 65
Barrel length: 3 Inches
Ammunition: Prograde .357 Magnum 200gr Hard Cast.
Test media: 10% Clear Ballistics Gel.
Distance: 10 feet.
Chronograph: Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph G2.
Five shot velocity average: 1097fps
Gel Temperature: 71

I’m not sure if this ammo is still available or not. They do have a website, but I can’t find any of their ammunition available for sale anywhere. I got this box from a co-worker and don’t know were he got it or what the price was. At any rate I thought this bullet would do very well and give deep penetration.

I got an average five shot velocity of 1097fps with a high of 1122fps and a low of 1073fps for an extreme spread of 49fps.

Five rounds at 10 yards off hand.

So, how did they do? Well, they didn’t disappoint. Just as I anticipated both rounds penetrated all four 16in blocks of gel and were captured by the body armor taped to the back. The velocity of the first round was 1105fps and the recovered weight was 199 grains. No velocity was recorded on the second round and the recovered weight was 198.3 grains. Obviously, there was no expansion of either one.


  1. Double Tap has a 357 load with a 180 grain WFNGC hardcast bullet. Not very scientific, but from my 2.25” SP101 it will penetrate one pine 4×4 and about half way through the second one. Would be interesting to see it tested

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