Winchester .45ACP 230gr JHP in vyse ballistics gel.

Test Gun: Colt 1911 Government, Defender.
Barrel length: 5 and 3 inches.
Ammunition: Winchester .45 ACP 230gr JHP.
Test media: 10% Vyse Ballistics Gel, Clear Ballistics Gel.
Distance: 10 feet.
Chronograph: Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph G2.
Five shot velocity average: 852fps, 770fps
BB Calibration: 3.5 inches.

Most reading this will be familiar with Winchester’s budget line of ammo often referred to as “Winchester White Box”. More commonly found in the Full Metal Jacket offering the brand also has a Jacketed Hollow Point version in most popular calibers.

I tested some WWB in 9mm in my budget9 series because it comes in under the $20 price limit. And this what the Winchester White Box line is best known for, low price quality ammunition. One thing I have noticed over the years is the price of this line from inexpensive to nipping at the heals of premium offerings. At the moment with the pandemic and civil unrest if you can find this ammo in stock somewhere you will find the price closer to the premium lines then budget.

I got a five-shot average from the 5 inch Government model of 852fps. With a high of 861fps and a low of 840fps. Giving us an extreme spread of 21fps.

Offhand at 10 yards with the 5 inch government model.

From the 3-inch Defender, I got an average velocity of 770fps with a high of 778fps and a low of 764fps for an extreme spread of 14fps.

Offhand at 10 yards 3 inch Defender.

Starting with the 5-inch Government model, the first round hit the bare gel block at a velocity of 843fps and penetrated to 13.25 inches. The bullet expanded to .76 inches and had a recovered weight of 232.6 grains. The second round had a velocity of 830fps and also penetrated to 13.25 inches. Its recovered weight was 234.8 grains and it expanded to .75 inches.

Now shooting through the heavy clothing. The chronograph did not record either of the two shots. The first round penetrated to 15.5 inches and expanded to .70 inches with a recovered weight of 231.8 grains. Round two penetrated to 14.75 inches and expanded to .71 inches with a weight of 233.3 grains.

Now shooting the 3-inch Defender in the bare gel I also did not get any velocity readings. The first round expanded to .74 inches and penetrated to 13 inches. Its recovered weight was 232.4 grains. The second round also penetrated 13 inches and the recovered weight was 233.4 grains with an expansion of .72 inches.

The next picture is a top view of the gel block. From top to bottom, 5-inch bare gel, 3-inch bare gel, and 5-inch heavy clothing.

View of the back in of the gel block. From left to right, 5-inch heavy clothing, 3-inch bare gel, and 5-inch bare gel.

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One comment

  1. Interesting. I bought some 230 grain Winchester Defend JHP and was wondering if someone had done a gel test on them. The bullet has the notches inside the cavity like the ones shown in your test, but the outside notches on mine aren’t as prominent. So maybe not the same bullet.
    I had heard the Defend series used a bonded bullet like the PDX-1 loads.
    The ones you tested sure did well.
    Thanks for doing the test.


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