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. This box was previously chronographed so I reused that data.
Step 3) Run a test shot through 4 layers of 14 oz/yard heavy-weight denim. 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.
Video Documentation of the Entire Test from Range to Bullet Recovery:
My Thoughts on This Load:
As I mentioned in the first paragraph, I really liked the terminal performance in the previous test with this load and had been carrying rounds from this box for quite some time. We just happened to catch a slow round in this test. Now I was curious to see if there were any other stinkers left in the rest of the box. I weighed all the remaining rounds and found some variation.
The lightest round weighed in at 206.9 grains.
The heaviest round weighed 210.3 grains.
The rest seemed to cluster around 209 grains plus or minus 2 tenths of a grain.
If the 2 grain weight difference with the lightest load was due to powder, I can see how velocity would be impacted. Any rounds from this box that weigh less than 209 grains are going into my practice pile.
Pick or Pan:
Having previously declared this load a personal top choice for the Ruger LCR, I'm not ready to kick it to the curb due to some significant variation between rounds. I'll just make sure to carry the cartridges that weigh 209 grains or more. Is this box representative of the entire Gold Dot product line? Absolutely not! This box may be representative of this particular lot of 38 Special +P GD Short Barrel and that's as much as I care to read into this test.
The good news is we have a new data point to consider with this load. We now have a pretty good idea how this load may perform at a velocity less than 800 feet per second. Assuming the new Taurus View revolver is +P rated, sub 800 feet per second velocity may be all you will get from the 1.4 inch long barrel.
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.