I get a lot of folks inquiring about the ballistic tests I have done so I thought it would be easy to link them all in one post. For each test Clear Ballistics gel was used. Specific details are contained in the reviews.  Velocity and performance were compared over several rounds fired, from about 25 feet away. Guns used were test samples and links to those reviews are within the ballistic test.  I will continue to update and add to the list as more rounds and calibers are tested.

.22 Winchester Magnum rimfire pistol vs carbine 

.380 Automatic 

.380 Automatic pistol vs carbine 

9mm Luger 

9mm Luger pistol vs carbine 

.40 Smith and Wesson 

10mm Auto 

.44 Smith and Wesson Special 

.45 Automatic 

.45 Automatic pistol vs carbine 

.45-70 revolver vs rifle 

5.56×45/.223 Remington 7.5″ and 11.5″ SBR vs 16″ carbine.

.30 Carbine 

300 AAC Blackout/300 Whisper 

SIG Sauer air guns 

rangehot-1-6 rangehot-2 44 Special Ballistic test-1-4 RH-1

300 BLk Lehigh BPM SBR-5 _45 Auto-2-2 10mm Auto-3 RangeHot.com-3



By Hunter Elliott

I spent much of my youth involved with firearms and felt the call early on to the United States Marine Corps, following in my father's and his brother's footsteps. Just after high school I enlisted and felt most at home on the rifle range, where I qualified expert with several firearms and spent some time as a rifle coach to my fellow Marines. After being honorably discharged I continued teaching firearm safety, rifle and pistol marksmanship, and began teaching metallic cartridge reloading. In the late 1990s I became a life member to the National Rifle Association and worked with the Friends of the NRA. Around that time my father and I became involved with IDPA and competed together up until he passed away. I began reviewing firearms for publications in the mid 2000s and have been fortunate to make many friends in the industry. Continuing to improve my firearms skills and knowledge is a never ending journey in which we should all be committed. I am also credited as weapons master on a few independent films.

8 thoughts on “Compilation of ballistic tests from rangehot”
  1. Thanks for more data. I noticed some HST rounds in the 9 and 40 had really low velocities but more that adequate penetration/expansion. I see the article says several rounds. Just confirming because a 647 fps round is really slow. Thanks again just asking for comment/confirmation. Great Job!

  2. Very well done,

    If you’re up to it and if you have a handgun to do it, a carbine vs handgun comparison of the .30 carbine round would be interesting.

    So would a .38 Special handgun vs rifle comparison. It seems like the top .38+P might catch or maybe surpass the top 9mm if both were coming out of rifles.

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