Test Gun: Sig P229, P365
Barrel length: 3.9, 3 inches.
Ammunition: Hornady Handgun Hunter 9mm 115gr +P Monoflex in Vyse Ballistics Gel
Test media: 10% Vyse Ballistics Gel
Distance: 10 feet.
Chronograph: Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph G2.
Velocity average: 1135, 1083 fps
BB Calibration: 3.5 inches.
While this ammo is labeled as a hunting round, many seem to be interested in how they would perform as a self-defense loading. When I first saw this round, I found it odd that a 9mm would be offered for hunting. Not that it can’t be used as a hunting round, but it can’t be too popular. The Hornady website says it suitable for game up to 50 pounds, so we are not talking about deer size game here. The price at purchases was $25 and change, from $37.49 when I purchased it from Midway. The bullet is a 115 grain solid copper hollow point with a polymer insert. Anyway, I decided to test it using my normal procedure of two in bare gel and two through heavy clothing.
I got an average velocity of 1135fps out of the P229 with a high of 1142 and a low of 1127fps, giving an extreme spread of 15fps. From the P365, the only velocity reading I got was 1083fps.
The first round in the bare gel had a velocity of 1142fps and penetrated to 12 inches. Its expansion was .65 by .67 inches and the recovered weight was 114.3 grains. Round two’s velocity was 1127fps and penetration was 12.5 inches. The recovered weight was 113.9 grains and it expanded to .65 by ,65 inches.
Through the heavy clothing covered gel, the first round had a velocity of 1137fps and penetrated to 12 inches. The recovered weight was 114.1 grains, and it expanded to .64 by .65 inches. Round two’s velocity was also 1137fps, but it only penetrated to 11.5 inches. It recovered diameter was .61 by .63 inches and the recovered weight was 114.4 grains.
Out of the P365 in the bare gel, both bullets performed the same and penetrated to 12.25 inches. Recovered weight was 114.2 grains, and they expanded to .64 by .65 inches. No velocity was recorded.
The polymer plug in the bullets stayed in all the bullets. I pulled one of the plugs, and it weighted 1.3 grains.