It simply is not practical to compare it to a run of the mill Glock or Smith. Actually, the ‘gold standard’ was the Remington 357 Magnum 125 grain SJHP. In his article he shows the Clear Ballistics, in direct comparison testing it will perform just like the FBI gel spec but has a wider temperature range of performance and doesn't spoil like the real gelitin. The ballistic… Read more », Back when it seemed like every cop in America was carrying a .357 revolver, the “gold standard” was the Federal 125 grain JHP. Two loads penetrated cleanly through two full blocks of gelatin (32 inches) without expanding at all. ). I don’t mind people laughing or making fun of Hi-Point’s blow back pistols for obvious reasons, but those relatively few who also mock the Hi-Point pistol caliber carbines are only hurting themselves, while lots of other less snooty folks are out having a lot of fun with them for very little money. Go with a 357 Sig p 229 or Sig P 220. First of all, if I had to guess, I’d wager that the 357 mag load used is designed for outdoor use and not defensive use. One complaint often heard from 10mm fans is that many of today’s factory loads are significantly lighter or slower than the original loads developed by the cartridge’s inventors. The block was covered with four layers of denim. It makes my head hurt to think people write crap like this and others pay good money to print it, buy it, and pass it along. Hint: they never did. We included this load in the test because it was the closest factory offering we could find to the very first 10mm load introduced back in 1983 — a 200 gr flat-nosed FMJ from Norma with an advertised velocity of 1200 fps. These tests are inherently flawed from a scientific standpoint simply because of using the same ballistic gel block for all of the bullet tests. Test media: 10% Clear Ballistics Gel. The size and shape of the round must fit into a practical grip. Same concept as buying a 357, which you can tame down to 38 loads. A nice Delta Elite followed me home one day. The 10mm auto cartridge with a height of 0.992" has an average speed of 1199 fps from a 6" barrel and has an average 546 foot pounds per square inch of energy, while the 40 Smith & Wesson has a height of 0.85" travels around 1074 fps from a 6" barrel and has an average 423 foots pounds per square inch. It promised more power than the 9mm while being faster to reload than the revolvers in standard service at the time. It has been argued that even changing grips is a “modification.” As a gunsmith, I have to stay up to date with the state laws… a real challenge here! I certainly wouldn’t carry something as heavy as a 158 grain bullet. Even Civil Liberty’s 60gr. For self defense, both are overkill (self defense, not urban combat!). After shooting both rounds through the chronograph, I was convinced that the 10mm would outperform the 357, given its velocity advantage with the same weight of bullet. It appears time is the 357’s best friend and why I give it the edge in the contest. I decided to do just that, taking a Springfield Armory Range Officer Elite Operator 10mm 1911 and running three different 10mm loads through it and into ballistic gelatin. Likewise, it would be great to compare the rounds in longer barrel lengths. I have a Python and a friend of mine had a Glock 10mm and my Python is the 6” barrel and I would say the Glock was a little nicer to shoot because, as you said, there’s more of a push. Now, if I could just find one of those 10mm necked down to .40 I would really have something. A common theme you will run into when people are discussing the 10mm Auto is that it falls into an awkward weird little crevice somewhere between the performance of a .40 S&W or 9mm and the performance of larger calibers such as the .45 ACP and .357. It zipped through the sixteen inch block. The Coonan is going for a fat ass $1700 to $2800 on the secondary market. The 357 is good for small squishy targets or relatively large, hardened predators. So no, I don’t hate semi-autos… Read more ». The author appears to have done a thorough job within the confines of his testing, but this is like comparing the .270 and .30-06, then limiting the ’06 to 150 grains to make all factors equal. My go to will remain the .357 Mag. The revolver has a 4″ bbl, and the cylinder, where as the auto loader barrel includes the chamber. Cool video for Glock 20 fans. I have both and found that jacketed hollow points are only about 80% in every pistol I’ve ever owned except, for a heavily modified 1911. 10mm vs. 357 Mag Muzzle Energy. Then the bottom fell out from under the Ten—again. Wound ballistics researchers have determined that a penetration depth between 12 and 18 inches in properly calibrated gelatin is ideal in the context of handgun ammo for defense against violent human adversaries. What good does it do to have a gun that will have you soaking your gun in hand in epsom salt. Mike. The test firearms are the Glock 29 Gen 4 in 10mm and the Smith & Wesson Model 27 in 357 Magnum. This is an important reminder that every bullet performs optimally within a specific velocity window that varies depending on its design. 1) .44 Magnum The King! I don’t seem to hace a need for a A .40 S&W IS NOT a “necked down” 10mm as the incompetent author so states. 10mm all day long… With the Glock 20/29 platform, you can also shoot 40 s&w through it. There was a reason the FBI ended up at the .40 S&W, the agents couldn’t WHAT? In the big picture, the 10mm will throw a slightly heavier bullet at the same speeds that the 357 will launch a lighter grain bullet. 2. After looking at the ballistics of both calibers, we see that the 10mm has more kick. If we look at the history of both rounds, we’ll see some huge differences. Once damaged, the coefficient of friction changes dramatically because you are discharging a second (and third, etc.) Which one is more powerful depends more on the individual builds (what cam, heads , intake and exhaust systems are used) of the engines being compared , than the basic designs. But with the advent of better loads in virtually all calibers, the advice of a previous poster regarding picking what you deem best and practicing with it is the ‘real’ winner of such ‘arguments’/, I have both, shoot both, and love both. One of those two, the 180 gr Federal Trophy Bonded, is a soft point bullet designed to expand on impact but it failed to do so, possibly due to the heavy clothing barrier. Would like to see what people think of the .357sig compared to these 2 rounds. I selected three loads, all with bullets weighing 200 grains, and covering both high-performance hollowp… For a defensive weapon against two-legged predators, I’ll stick with my .45 autos. Still waiting for my comment which was written this morning to show up. 10mm in ballistics gel. The purpose of ballistic gelatin testing is to determine how a bullet can be expected to behave when it enters soft tissue. and closes in on the power of the .41 Mag., and does so in a service-sized semi-automatic pistol. The forty-caliber cartridges, .40 Smith & Wesson and its longer cousin, 10mm Automatic, offer larger, heavier bullets than most pistol cartridges without sacrificing too much in the way of velocity. Four layers of denim is NOT FBI protocol. The 10mm didn’t die though, and I dare say it has seen a small resurgence recently in the shooting community. Similar to the 45, it pushes more than snaps (with normal loads, not heavy lead cast Buffalo Boar cartridges). Optimal 10mm Uses. The .357 Magnum is a powerful cartridge, but in this case it takes a narrow 2nd place to the 10mm Auto. The 10mm round expanded to .70 inch, flattening out impressively, and stopping at the 16 inch mark. If you compare penetration without first comparing sectional density, you are an idiot. Since it was first introduced in the early 1980s, the popularity of 10mm has fluctuated, never quite reaching mainstream status but also avoiding the realm of forgotten oddball cartridges known only to handloading enthusiasts. For defense against four-legged predators (up to and including those of the Grizzly persuasion), I load my 6″ .357 Mag with hot-loaded 180-gr Hornady XTPs. Revolvers just work. Just saying! 10mm has recently gained some popularity as a hunting cartridge for small to medium game, and it also comes up often in discussions about “wilderness defense” against bears, wild boar, or other potentially dangerous animals. The 10mm fell into obscurity with few pistols and few ammunition makers producing for the round. A more accurate comparison would be to par the 10mm Auto to a full-house .357 Magnum in a 5″-6″ barrel. While hunting, I’m more prone to take a rabbit or coyote than a black bear (I live in FL). For our tests, we’ve used blocks of the synthetic Clear Ballistics gelatin rather than the organic-based 10% ordnance gelatin that the FBI standards were originally based on. Heavy grain bear-type loads range up through 200 grains for the 10 and 180 with the 357, so there is much overlap. A .40 S&W is a SHORTENED 10mm Norma. If you’ve seen our other semi-auto caliber tests, you might remember that we used sub-compact pistols with barrels around 3.5 inches while the G20 is a service-size handgun. I know; I’m an old man shouting at the clouds. Not too bad I guess. Any experienced shooter can handle the recoil from one of these big wide slide glocks, it is more of a push than a violent jolt… Read more », Agreed! Like with any boxing match, there is more to the story and the opponents that is sometimes not taken into consideration. Buffalo Bore makes 180gr .357 hardcast with 1400 FPS velocity. The 357mag can reach 2000+ fps. Go carry that huge bulky 357 revolver with 6 rounds. I understand you were trying to match bullet weights for both… but I really don’t think may people carry that heavy a bullet… Read more ». Modification is legally referred to as: any change to the basic function or operation of a firearm. Fans of the .45 ACP counter that the .45 is bigger at 100 yards than the 10mm … That was proven true when I fired both rounds through the chronograph on two separate occasions during two test runs of each ammunition. The 10mm penetration was around 16 inches. Chronograph: PACT 1 XP with inferred sky screens. Because (1) That 10mm is more accurate than that .357, (2) I handload and can duplicate (safely) full power 10mm with 180 grain XTP’s. Terril wants to know which is better, 10mm Auto vs. 357 Magnum , keep reading to see his simple ballistic test results with off the shelf clear gelitain. By comparing velocity and weight you can mathematically determine which delivers more energy. To get a sense of what each round brings to the table for self-defense, we fired each into Clear Ballistics gelatin. It is nearly too close to call—nearly. But sub-compacts don’t seem to be very popular among 10mm fans, so we went with the full-size G20. The 357 Mag can and will tear you up. You would still be able to put those blocks up against each other to see the differences. Under his motto-Guns, Never Politics-he tackles firearm and reloading topics both in print and on his Mark3smle YouTube channel, where he got his start. All Rights Reserved. I was thinking the same thing. You can’t miss fast enough so magazine capacity is a non issue. Our 10mm test gun is a Glock 20 Gen 4 with a 4.6-inch barrel. And yes I could do a better job. most 10mm shooters i know do not use weak loaded hornady ammo. I would like to see the comparison with the Glock G40 and S&W 686, both with 6″ barrels, Funny, selling my 10mm this Friday, gonna miss it, but love my S&W TRR8 much more, only because of my style of hunting and reloading. Again, the 10mm Auto is no weakling; it’s used to drop many of the largest and most dangerous animals on the planet. The 10 performed as advertised and its extra velocity helped to flatten out the projectile. This allowed it to penetrate deeper despite its lower velocity. Do some research next time before you spout more bilge. Ive been to the Brass Fetcher website (great website by the way), and I also have been to the firearmstactical website. This is all talk about pressure curves on a graph where the hottest 10mm met the lowest pressure 41 Magnum rounds. I prefer the 155 MM round in a handgun. We can see in this head-to-head that the 10mm retains a very slight advantage in terms of energy, but the 357’s overall longer bullet gives it the edge for penetrating power. Carried the .357 for years as my duty weapon. 10mm Ballistic Gel Test with Hornady AmmoRange Hot - March 16, 2014 […] For the updated ballistic test click here […] American Derringer in 10mm Auto, - November 5, 2014 […] I got several email requests to do a ballistic test using a few of the 10mm rounds I have tested in the past. 10mm sales cratered, but I refused to shift with the Bureau this time. I do not know why hollowpoints were chosen for a test where more penetration is considered the winning factor. Five of the eleven loads we tested met the FBI criteria for penetration and also exhibited good expansion. The 10mm Auto, or just plain 10mm, is an example of a cartridge that was a good idea but had a rough start. Repeat the tests with a 16 inch barrel (an easily suppressed 16… Read more ». It was laughable, but then again he was from the Bonnie and Clyde days, still hanging on. Physical properties of the two mediums differ in some ways, but they typically provide similar results when testing for penetration and expansion characteristics of handgun ammo. Terril has a soft spot for ballistics testing, pocket pistols, and French rifles. Five shot velocity average: 1061fps Gel Temperature: 73 degrees. .357 Sig is super hot round . That’s a lot of bang for the buck. In a rifle, there is no comparason at all. Despite having a shorter barrel, the 10mm was slightly faster. Please note, the following information reflects the estimated average ballistics for each caliber and does not pertain to a particular manufacturer, bullet weight, or jacketing type. 10MM defensive loads have come a long way in a short amount of time. Legal Disclaimer, Tip:click on product names above to see full test results. in the test, huh? I view both rounds as being too close to call and ymmv. Underwood Ammo 10mm 200 Grain XTP Jacketed Hollow Point 10mm and 357 are both still small enough that they need to hit the CNS or the brain to immediately incapacitate aggressive targets human sized and larger, and at close range still require retention shooting and flash site picture shooting to dump rounds center mass (or a big bear head) until the threat is stopped. My G29 can even be customized to shoot 357 sig and 9mm. (Springfield XDM 10mm) these XDs hold 15 rounds. However, if you choose the 10 you gain the inherit advantages of automatic pistols, greater ammunition capacity and simpler reloads. Even with similar bullets, however, it appears the 10mm … We’ll never get divorced. Why into compare self My List. Clicking on any of the column headers will sort the chart by the attribute in that column. Handgun Calibers Comparison: From Smallest to Largest [2020] Scourge of God, published in 2017. Revolver failures are not as rare as you make them out to be. Distance: 10 feet. What good does it do to have a gun that will have you soaking your gun in epsom salt? Would love to see the same comparison with 6″ barrels. The 10mm vs. 357 contest isn’t Mayweather vs McGregor. Remember that 10mm has lower sectional density. Because of the faster velocity, 10mm is going to give you better long-distance shooting. The short version is that we fired five rounds of each load into a block of Clear Ballistics synthetic gelatin arranged in line wit… But for hunting medium game, I sold my S&W 6″ barrel .357, and kept mt Dan Wesson 5″ bbl 10mm. Underwood Ammo 10mm 180 Grain Bonded Jacketed Hollow Point Muzzle Velocity "“ 1300 fps Muzzle Energy "“ 676 ft. lbs. The gibberish I read in gun publications anymore, being touted as “expert”, is always appalling. Two additional loads had excellent expansion but penetrated an inch or two beyond the desired 18-inch maximum depth. If you’re interested in all the gritty details of how we conducted these tests, you might want to take a look at the test protocols and procedures outlined in the article accompanying our first batch of ballistics gel testing from back in 2015. With that increased popularity comes truths and myths surrounding the round. By the 1920s, American law enforcement turned away from their various 32 caliber revolvers then common in service for the much more powerful 38 Special cartridge. u/Bank_Gothic. In case this is the first of our gel tests you’ve seen, the chart below is more than just a colorful static spreadsheet. I needed to double up. Check out my video above to see how it all did on the range. The 357 Magnum and the 10mm Auto come in a variety of loadings, but the larger 40 caliber bullet of the 10mm affords it somewhat heavier projectiles in factory loads. It’s worth noting that the test standards outlined above were developed with human targets in mind. Did I miss anything? This article is further proof of what I was talking about. 10mm Auto Self-Defense Ammo Ballistic Gel Tests By Chris Baker So far, our ballistics gelatin testing project has covered 184 different factory loads split across today’s six most popular handgun … © 2009-2020 LuckyGunner, LLC. I am also biased towards the Coonan Mk 2, Which I consider to be the best large pistol I have ever owned, fully ported which made it excellant bowling pin gun, the down side was it sounded more like a howitzer, no one wanted to shoot on the range at the same time and in New Zealand we cannot use them off the range ie for hunting How about throwing in a good .45ACP into the mix with a Hornady 200 grain XTP bullet? Or 180 grain 10mm which is widely available ? What, exactly, does your ‘modification’ have to do with CCW in most states, pray tell? Archived. The 357 would have passed more easily through bone and skin , with the 10mm succeeding as well, but bone will have deformed both, preventing expansion and causing excessive penetration. Here in Kalifornia, it is the kiss of death. I started by firing the 357 Magnum round from close distance to assure a square hit. 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