Test Gun: Ruger LCP
Barrel length: 2.75 inches.
Ammunition: Fiocchi .380 ACP 90gr XTP
Test media: 10% Vyse Ballistics Gel.
Distance: 10 feet.
Chronograph: Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph G2.
Five shot velocity average: 808fps
BB Calibration: 3.75 inches.
In July I did a test of the Federal Hydra-Shok deep in .380 and its performance was very well. As I said in that post, Shooting the Bull did some extensive testing of .380 ammo and concluded the Hornady XTP and the best .380 round for carrying in small pocket pistols. I realize he later change his opinion to the Lehigh defense Extreme Penatrater but we are just comparing conventional hollow points.
Other then Shooting the Bull’s testing I have not seen anyone test the Hornady XTP in real organic ballistics gel. I did test the Fiocchi loading of the XTP bullet last December but it was in Clear Gel and as we have found out the difference can be quite considerable. Since I had some leftover from the last test I thought it would be a good idea to shoot them in Vyse organic ballistics gel so we could have a direct comparison of what may be the two best .380 rounds on the market.
Some of you are saying to your self, “but he picked the Precision One brand of ammo, not Fiocchi”. And while that is true, the reality is a Hornady XTP is the same bullet no matter who loads it. If you look at his test of the Fiocchi and the Precision One, you will notice the velocity was only a few feet per second different. Not enough to make a difference in performance. Tested with different lots or different days the results may have been different.
Not having a full box of ammo I use chrony and off hand target results from the last test.
I got a five-shot average velocity of 808fps with a high of 828fps and a low of 790fps.
Shooting the first round int the bare gelatin, I got a velocity of 796fps and penetration of 11 inches. The recovered expansion was .50 inches and the weight was 90.3 grains. Round two also made it to the 11-inch mark with a velocity of 817fps. It expanded to .51 inches and had a recovered weight of 90.6 grains.
When shooting through heavy clothing gel the first round hit at a velocity of 785fps and penetrated to 14 inches. It expanded to .46 inches and had a recovered weight of 90.4 grains. The second round had a velocity of 785fps and penetrated to 11.5 inches. It expanded to .52 inches and its recovered weight was 90.4 grains.
Since Shooting the Bull tested his through four layers of denim and I also tested the Federal Hydra-Dhoks in denim too I decided to shoot these through denim also.
Round one in the four layers of denim-covered gel had a velocity of 794fps. Its penetration was 12.75 inches and expanded to .53 at its widest point. The recovered weight was 90.2 grains. The second round had a velocity of 778fps and penetrated to 13 inches. The recovered weight was 90 grains and it expanded to .47 inches.
I think the 90gr XTP’s did pretty well but are they better. As Paul Harrell would say,”you be the judge”.
Again we see how different the performance was when compared to Clear gel. In the clear gel the bullets shot into the heavy clothing didn’t expand at all. This simply reinforces my choice to stop using Clear gel.