This is the first in a series ( I hope ) of test i will be doing on some of the barnes TSX bullets in a variety of weights ( my wallet allowing) and through a variety of barrier. These first rounds were fired from a 16 inch barrel carbine through a car front window and into a IDPA target then into a stack of 5 large phone books. Rain destroyed the target and almost my camera before I could get pictures. But here is a few pics of how well the TSX bullets performed.
The target was 50 yards away and I faced the window head on. After passing through the glass the round stayed on course and went trough the exact spot I was aiming at into the IDPA target that was about two feet behind the inside of the glass. There was no key holes or any signs that the round did anything other then what it was meant to do. The bullets then went into the phone books and traveled through 4 before stopping. The books were about three and and a half inches thick each. I dug them out to find that they had shed no weight that I could measure and had not shed any “pedals”. I also did not find that any of the points had sheared off or collapsed in on itself causing the bullet to fail like has been claimed can happen. The ammo was factory corbon brand.
The next test will be handloads since factory ammo is cost more then a hooker made of gold.
Next up I will try the 62 gr followed by 50s, 70s,and 53s. Last year I should note, I killed a deer from 150 yards away with the same gun, using the 70 grain TSX. It dropped with one shot to the left side shoulder. The round went all the through and I could find no bullet to examine. Exit wound was the size of a quarter. I have been a admirer of the TSX bullets for many years but last year was the first time I used any one meat.
Hopefully the future tests will give and idea of how they perform around vehicles. I hope to get an idea how useful the bullet would be for police officers in a situation that involves shooting around cars like on a traffic stop gone bad. Of course police spend a lot of time around vehicles so it makes since to have a round to go through most barriers of cars and still have what it takes. Hopefully I can dig up an old engine block to see try them on just to see what happens.