A while back, yours truly decided to test the impact results of Liberty Civil Defense ammunition. Liberty, being something totally new, needed a more down to earth test than the traditional ballistic gelatin block.... at least in my opinion it did.
So, in a fit of totally unscientific and probably unrepeatable experimentation, I fired the Liberty .45 acp SUUUuuuuper high velocity self defense into a ten pound pork butt.
The pork butt does not simulate meat and bone.... it is meat and bone. The terminal ballistics of the projectile should be revealed in fairly dramatic ways, and this proved to be true.
But..... (or should I say butt?).... you, my gentle readers, took me to task. The now infamous 'Pork Butt Test'™ may be interesting, but how do the traditional defensive rounds stack up in the same test? To this point, most have only shown their merits publicly in the old fashioned lime jello...... er...... Ballistic Gelatin testing.
To this end, ANOTHER ten pound pork butt was procured, from the same professional butcher consulted before (and some primo BBQ sauce was picked up as well). In addition, listening to readers suggestions, a box of Federal 230 grain Hydro$hock ammo was also acquired as a comparative test subject.
Testing was matched as much as possible, down to striking the bone on entry in the same way and at the same angle.
The results, for what they are worth:
|Liberty: Entry wound|
|Hydroshock: Entry wound|
|Liberty: Wound channel|
|Hydroshock: Wound channel|
The Liberty +P .45 acp bullet at 1800 FPS dumped 100% of it's energy into the meat and bone of the target, while the Federal Hydrock 230 grain at 900 fps provided full penetration but took it's remaining energy downrange.
The Liberty 78 grain lightweight nickel plated bullet fragmented and all of it was recovered although the pieces were quite small. The Federal Hydroshock left behind one small chunk of copper jacket, and a few tiny pieces of lead. The rest of the Hydroshock is buried in the dirt bank someplace.
So.... what does all this mean? Primarily, it means the Old Fat Man will be eating well the next few days. As far as scientifically testing terminal ballistics in premium defensive ammunition.... this ain't that.
What I have done here is mostly subjective, and for it to have meaning the testing would have to be repeated under controlled circumstances multiple times. MANY multiple times.
I like BBQ Pulled Pork a great deal...... but not that much.
My take away? Well, I would be happy with either ammo in my carry weapon. I expect both are excellent stoppers of bad guys doing bad things. That said, I bet you can guess what's in there now.