Home Ammo Winchester PDX-1 Split Core (and Nick) vs. The Watermelon AmmoFun and Games Winchester PDX-1 Split Core (and Nick) vs. The Watermelon By Dan Zimmerman - April 7, 2013 31 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Email ◀Previous Post Next Post▶ A standard 5.56 round creates the fruit mayhem you’d expect. But Winchester’s PDX-1 60 gr. Split-Core HP round gets Nick to gigglin’ like a schoolgirl. ◀Previous Post Next Post▶ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gun Meme of the Day: Kitty Flap Edition Carry Gun Reliability: Is it Really a Big Deal If a Gun is Particular About Ammunition? There’s Plenty of Time to Make Sure You’re Not on Santa’s Naughty List 31 COMMENTS Gawd dayum! I want some! Reply Holy sh—-!! Where can I find some? Reply is it just me or am i only finding high end ammo?,, are they just getting rid of the good stuff,,,? Reply I giggled equally Reply very nice, but frankly the biggest concern i have in a self defense situation is overpenetration. what i really wonder is, how many layers of drywall beyond the watermelon did it go. Reply I share the concern. That said, watermelons make for interesting videos but are hardly suitable for expansion testing. I suspect that the sheer fracturing of the melon would be indicative of round retention in the tissue mass. In other words, from what I saw, over penetration may not be an issue. Reply We’ll find out soon enough. In addition to the practice ammo they generously sent Nick, the good folks at Winchester also sent Joe Grine a selection of PDX1 Defender gun food for a full-blown test and review. Watch this space. Reply I disagree. The humble watermelon is an excellent target for expansion testing. If you are looking for a more serious answer, both the standard 5.56 55 grain FMJ and the 60 grain .223 PDX 1 penetrate roughly 11-12inches of ballistic gelatin. The PDX appears to have a shorter neck, meaning that initial expansion occurs earlier. http://www.rifleshootermag.com/2011/11/07/review-winchester-pdx1-223/ http://www.gunsandammo.com/2012/02/10/long-guns-short-yardage-is-223-the-best-home-defense-caliber/ tnoutdoors does a good video of M193 with denim penetrating a little over 12 inches of calibrated ballistic gel. Reply What about pumpkins? R. Lee likes watermelons but Hickok45 prefers pumpkins. Reply DAMN-that is the sh!t……….wicked…….bonafide fruitslayer……… Reply You from New England? It was awesome; wicked awesome Reply Whoa. I chuckled too… but man, that slo-mo was pretty nice. Great video! MORE! Maybe line up a set of water jugs? Reply It covered my GoPro with watermelon juice. I was not pleased. However, that didn’t stop me from shooting the other 7 watermelons as well. Reply +1 Reply Why not test penetration on abandoned upholstered furniture while your at it? OOPs My bad, that’s a top loader Reply Cool video, Nick! I’d like to see more of that. Reply In the spirit of what I’ve criticized others here for, and eschewing hypocrisy – it appears Sportsman’s Guide MAY HAVE it. I didn’t look deeply into it. Reply Capital! Did anyone notice that equatorial juice shockwave? You had ILM add that in post, didn’t you? Reply The bullet needed to do a trench run before it hit the thermal exhaust port, but since I regularly bulls-eye womp rats in my T-16 it wasn’t a tough shot. Reply That’ll be sealed in next season’s crop. Reply just viewed the leftovers! the horses thank you! they want to know when you are coming back… maybe with pumpkins! Reply Nick, People for the Ethical Treatment of Watermelons wants to have a word with you. Reply Instant fruit salad! Reply Why are all PDX calibers and gauges so expensive? Is it really just marketing, or is there actually a reason to pay that much? Even before gunpocalypse they were ridiculously priced. Reply Nick you missed on the first shot! How could you?! You are a TTAG author. I felt so dismayed. Also, those were perfectly edible melons. It was an entertaining video however. You should make another one with layers of drywall, 2×4 wood, etc fired at close range <20ft. That would be educational for all of us. I would make the video myself, except that I don't think its in stock in the stores around me. Reply Pretty impressive. I don’t suppose Winchester offers a similar load in 7.62×51/.308 by chance? Tom Reply Yes they do. I checked the website and they are shown in 2 bullet weights for 223 and 168 grain for 308. None are available anywhere. Everyone is sold out. I’ve been looking for 2 days now. Reply I just rechecked the site. 120 grain for the 308. I must have mis read something. Reply Consider using melons wrapped with plaster. Like the Warren commission. -D Reply Where are you getting those bowling ball watermelons? Reply Provigil Experience Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! 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