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Can it still expand? .45 Auto Federal 230gr HST Short Barrel Gel Test

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.45 Auto is short, fat, and slow. Shooting it out of a short barrel, doesn't help much. Can it still expand when the deck is stacked against it? We shoot .45 Auto 230gr HST from a Springfield Armory XDS 45 into clear ballistics clear gel to assess penetration, expansion, and retained weight.

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Bare gel
Penetration: 16.9", 16.5"
Retained weight: 230.5gr, 230.5gr
Max expansion: 0.922", 0.925"
Min expansion: 0.524", 0.532"

Heavy clothing
Penetration: 16.3", 15.6"
Retained weight: 230.0gr, 230.3gr
Max expansion: 0.916", 0.901"
Min expansion: 0.505", 0.524"

Velocities in fps:
726
827
822
459
826
Average: 732.00
StdDev: 158.53
Min: 459
Max: 827
Spread: 368

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