Winchester PDX-1 Split Core (and Nick) vs. The Watermelon

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.


  1. avatar Mike Crognale says:

    Gawd dayum! I want some!

    1. avatar William says:

      Holy sh—-!! Where can I find some?

  2. avatar travis f says:

    is it just me or am i only finding high end ammo?,, are they just getting rid of the good stuff,,,?

  3. avatar Brennan says:

    I giggled equally

  4. avatar dwb says:

    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.

    1. avatar Mike Crognale says:

      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.

      1. 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.

      2. avatar Accur81 says:

        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.

        tnoutdoors does a good video of M193 with denim penetrating a little over 12 inches of calibrated ballistic gel.

  5. avatar BLAMMO says:

    What about pumpkins? R. Lee likes watermelons but Hickok45 prefers pumpkins.

  6. avatar Pantera Vazquez says:

    DAMN-that is the sh!t……….wicked…….bonafide fruitslayer………

    1. avatar Carry.45 says:

      You from New England? It was awesome; wicked awesome

  7. avatar g says:

    Whoa. I chuckled too… but man, that slo-mo was pretty nice.

    Great video! MORE!

    Maybe line up a set of water jugs?

    1. avatar Nick Leghorn says:

      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.

  8. avatar Ensitue says:

    Why not test penetration on abandoned upholstered furniture while your at it?
    OOPs My bad, that’s a top loader

  9. avatar Accur81 says:

    Cool video, Nick! I’d like to see more of that.

  10. avatar William says:

    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.

  11. avatar Rokurota says:

    Capital! Did anyone notice that equatorial juice shockwave? You had ILM add that in post, didn’t you?

    1. avatar Nick Leghorn says:

      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.

      1. avatar Gyufygy says:

        That’ll be sealed in next season’s crop.

  12. avatar mama Kee says:

    just viewed the leftovers! the horses thank you! they want to know when you are coming back… maybe with pumpkins!

  13. avatar Ralph says:

    Nick, People for the Ethical Treatment of Watermelons wants to have a word with you.

  14. avatar Jim R says:

    Instant fruit salad!

  15. avatar Blehtastic says:

    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.

  16. avatar Anonymous says:

    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.

  17. avatar miserylovescompany says:

    Pretty impressive. I don’t suppose Winchester offers a similar load in 7.62×51/.308 by chance?


    1. avatar Mike Crognale says:

      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.

      1. avatar Mike Crognale says:

        I just rechecked the site. 120 grain for the 308. I must have mis read something.

  18. avatar Don says:

    Consider using melons wrapped with plaster. Like the Warren commission.


  19. avatar PCnotPC says:

    Where are you getting those bowling ball watermelons?

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