Step 1) Measure and record temperature and relative humidity.
Step 2) Run a 5 shot velocity average over a ProChrono Digital Chronograph at a distance of 10 feet.
Step 3) Run first test shot through 4 layers of 14 oz/yard heavy-weight denim into a block of Clear Ballistics Gel that is calibrated to 10% Ordnance Gel density. Shot distance is 10 feet.
Step 4) Run first bare gel test shot into a block of Clear Ballistics Gel that is calibrated to 10% Ordnance Gel density. Shot distance is 10 feet. Repeat for third test shot.
Step 5) Run a 600 fps calibration test bb shot into the Clear Ballistics gel block and record penetration depth.
My Thoughts on This Load:
I previously tested this load with light denim and SIM-TEST through a longer barrel and really liked the terminal performance results. Since Golden Saber 124 grain is a recommended ammunition for the Solo, I decided to test this load again to see if it might be suitable for the much shorter Solo barrel. I was again pleased by the performance of this round through the barrel that was over 1/2" shorter than the original test pistol.
I was very happy to see this load expand through the 4 layers of heavy denim test. Having previously tested two other 124 +P loads, from other ammunition companies with resulting expansion failures, I was starting to question if I would find a suitable load for this very short barreled pistol.
The bullet fragmentation observed in the gel block was concerning at first, but after weighing the recovered rounds the total bullet weight loss as very small. I would much rather have some minor fragmentation with consistent expansion, than no fragmentation with unreliable expansion.
Pick or Pan:
I'll admit to becoming a fan of this load. I thought it was good when I tested it the first time and after testing it again, in an even shorter barrel, I'm really impressed. If this load has a flaw it is the limited availability. It's not a loading you will find in many stores. Most likely, you will have to order it from an internet ammunition retailer. I've become quite fond of the little Kimber Solo so I was really glad I found something that would expand that was also on the Kimber approved ammunition list. I'll keep watching for the non-bonded version of this loading to get back in stock and I'll see if it also demonstrates similar terminal performance from the Solo.
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.