Walk into just about any mass retailer that sells ammo, and you will probably find several boxes of these on the shelf. Sold in bulk packs of 100 rounds per box, I can usually find this available in one of several local locations if I'm looking for some ammo before heading out to the range. One thing that I've not found is plentiful information about how this JHP round performs in terminal testing. Perhaps it's the very reasonable price point that keeps people away from doing any serious testing on this load. I'm more open-minded and since Remington is an Arkansas company, I decided to give the home team and their product a thorough terminal test.
Pistol Specs:Kahr PM45 45 ACP with 3" barrel
My testing process is pretty simple. I take one shot at the end of a SIM-TEST block that is loosely draped with 2 layers of medium weight denim. I take the shot from 8 feet away and impact velocity is measured 2 inches away from the SIM-TEST block. My SIM-TEST blocks are now closely calibrated to 10% ballistics gel density. I shoot the blocks at the range and then bring them home and recover the bullets. Immediately prior to the terminal test, I shoot a five shot velocity test string from 8 feet over a Competition Electronic ProChrono Digital chronograph.
I had a bad feeling about this load when I was running it across the chronograph. I was hoping for velocity in the low 800's. 770's were not what I was hoping for. I know 230 grains is a big bullet to get moving, but I thought we would see more velocity from a JHP loading. The video below documents the entire test from range testing to bullet recovery.
The hollow point cavity was really trying to expand and shows just a tiny bit of petal separation at the nose, but there just wasn't enough speed behind the bullet to cause expansion. I wanted to mention that this bullet was shot into the exact same SIM-TEST block as the REM UMC .40 S&W load profiled last week. That bullet performed well.
Disclaimer....This test should not be considered an endorsement or recommendation for the product(s) tested. It is up to each individual to make their own personal decision about 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 should not be used in any firearm unless the firearm manufacturer specifically states you are permitted to do so.