And now for something completely different. In this video, I’m deviating from the clinical testing of bullet performance to try something unusual — let’s see what happens to a gel block if you blast the living hell out of it with a handheld shotgun revolver? Accordingly, I’m putting two types of buckshot to the test — Federal .410 Handgun 5-pellet 000 buckshot, and Federal .410 Handgun 9-pellet 4 buck . . .
The testing idea is simple — how would the gun perform if you had to use it for self-defense against a home invader? I figure that a likely response would be the homeowner pointing the gun and pulling the trigger as fast as they can, so that’s how I tested these. I made a 20 lb. block of ballistic gel for each type of ammo, loaded the Raging Judge’s six-round cylinder full of buckshot and blasted away as fast as I could yank the trigger. Sure, some of the pellets are going to miss. Heck, maybe I might miss a shot completely, but in the end, the results might be entertaining, and maybe even educational, if not ideally scientifically structured.
I did pattern tests on each type of ammo. First I put six shells of 000 buckshot into a gel block. Then I brought out a new gel block and put six shells worth of 4 buck into that one. Since ballistic gel is a homogenous analogue for the general ballistic response of living human tissue, the damage done to the gel block could generally, reasonably be considered comparable to the damage that would be done to our hypothetical intruder. So once I’d blasted the gel blocks, I compared the results, and the results were very, very clear. It’s just no contest. Obviously one of these rounds is a brutal and devastating load, and the other is…not.