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Thursday, July 24, 2014

PROGRADE 10mm 125 and 140 Grain Barnes TAC-XP Denim and Gel Tests

Back in April of this year I started testing 10mm ammunition using a Glock 21 with 10mm conversion barrel, Glock 20 magazine, and stouter recoil spring assembly.  It worked well enough for the first round of tests, but through a very generous donation from a blog reader I was able to purchase a dedicated Glock 29 Gen4 for on-going 10mm testing.  For the Glock 20 fans, have no fear as I also purchased a Lone Wolf extended barrel for the G29 that allows me to test both the G29 and G20 barrel lengths.  The G29 is my first Gen4 Glock, if you don't count the G42, so I may review it in the coming months.

This was my first exposure to ProGrade Ammunition.  I don't know much about it other than they offer a wide variety of loads for hunting, sport shooting, and personal protection.  These two loads are from their Defense Grade range of personal protection ammunition.  Overall, the ammunition appeared to be well made, was clean and shiny, and well packaged.  I'd buy ProGrade products again if quality and appearance were the only factors considered.

Test Pistol:

Test Protocol:
Step 1)  Measure and record temperature and relative humidity.
Step 2)  Run a 2 shot velocity average over a ProChrono Digital Chronograph at a distance of 10 feet.
Step 3)  Run third test shot through 4 layers of 14 oz./yard denim into a block of Clear Ballistics Gel that is calibrated to 10% Ordnance Gel density.  Shot distance is 10 feet.
Step 4)  Run a 600 fps calibration test bb shot into the Clear Ballistics gel block and record penetration depth to verify density.

Test Results:

Video Documentation of the Entire Test from Range to Bullet Recovery:

My Thoughts on This Load:
I was slow putting together the blog post on this test.  The video went up several hours ahead of the blog and I've been watching the comments come in on the video.  In general most were disappointed by the velocity I recorded during the test.  ProGrade publishes 1500 fps for the 125 grain, and 1425 fps for the 140 grain when fired from a 5 inch test barrel.  Since I used a 3.75 inch barrel with this test, I wasn't surprised or disappointed by the lower velocity.

Terminal performance was very good.  Both loads expanded fully and penetrated between 12 and 18 inches in the Clear Ballistics Gel.  As we have come to expect, the Barnes TAC-XP bullet maintained 100% of the stated bullet weight.  These loads hit all the performance expectation benchmarks we look for.

Pick or Pan:
Based strictly on our target terminal performance criteria, both of these loads are picks in the short barrel G29.




Disclaimer....This test should not be considered an endorsement or recommendation for the product(s) tested.  All tests represent actual performance in ballistics testing media.  Terminal performance in all other media will show different results.  It is up to each individual to make their own personal decision on which specific ammunition to use for their needs.  It's also critically important to test any ammo in YOUR SPECIFIC FIREARM before relying on it for any purpose.

Ammunition labeled as +P or +P+ should only be used in firearms that have been certified by the manufacturer as safe for the additional pressures generated by these ammunition types.