Many thanks to Justin D. for supplying this ammunition for testing.
The Winchester Ranger T-Series line of ammunition is always in high demand. When it appears on various ammunition dealer websites, it's quickly sold out. Over the years, the T-Series has developed a devoted fan base and is one of the most talked about lines of ammunition on the various firearm and shooting enthusiasts websites I frequent. I was really looking forward to seeing how this mid-weight bullet would perform in testing.
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 various terminal test shots, with and without simulated clothing barriers, 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.
Video Documentation of the Entire Test from Range to Bullet Recovery:
My Thoughts on This Load:
I want to apologize for my chronograph issues during this test. I find it crucially important to capture the actual test shot velocity because we have seen the wild swings that can happen in previous tests. The low Winter sun can be very problematic for chronographs and unfortunately that bit us in the butt with this test.
I had really high expectations for this load based on the comments from others that seem to love it. I found this box to be inconsistent in regard to terminal performance. Bare gel test shots should always expand. That's why a bare gel shot is usually included in each test. It gives us a baseline of "best case" terminal performance that we can use to compare with results from tests shot through light and heavy clothing barriers. When the first bare gel test shot only partially expanded, I started to wonder what the rest of the test results would look like.
The bare gel retest and light clothing test yielded the terminal performance results I expected from this load with huge expanded diameters and full deployment of the hollow point petals. Even with velocity test results almost 100 feet per second slower than Winchester specification, both test shots easily surpassed 12" of penetration. Heavy clothing proved to be problematic for this load with both test shots failing to expand and exiting the catch media. We have to assume they were plugged by denim because both bullets were lost.
Pick or Pan:
Based on the results of this test and very limited availability of this ammunition, I would personally call this a pan. I would prefer the most consistent terminal performance, and greater availability, of the Winchester PDX1 in this caliber and bullet weight.
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.