Originally Posted by Nutty Ned
It was fun shooting ARX, but, the bottom line was that I would not use it for SD/HD.
It hits real hard on water filled half gal milk jugs, devastating them.
On books it penetrates 900 pages and 3 covers, the flutes clog and the bullet tumbles.
In heavy plastic water jugs such as cooking oil jugs, it makes holes.
Sometimes the .45 acp bullets scream a little similar to a jet engine compressor.
I had one rnd that was hard to chamber in a revolver and the same rnd unfired was hard to unload from the revolver.
Interesting that it'd be hard to chamber and unload, that's good to know.
I'd love to hear one scream going downrange, I bet that's fun.
For your tests, thanks for that info too. FWIW, it seems designed to tumble after it loses velocity in a soft target. But I find real world tests against multiple different types of materials more telling than a block of gelatin. It's important to know how it performs when slowed or slightly deflected by different barriers.
Were the books wet or dry?
Another good test would be ARX VS wet books/paper covered with multiple layers of denim. Wet has a closer consistency to viscera than dry, and a few layers of denim will create something akin to a winter jacket in terms of an outer barrier.
I may try this out myself. I normally shoot at the range just as a courtesy to my neighbors, and they don't allow such a thing there. But the neighbors are not going to be too annoyed by a handful of rounds going off in the backyard. I also may have access to some stacks of old newspaper somewhere, and I know I've got two pair of jeans that are just completely destroyed that I can salvage some scrap from.
Something also to consider, different calibers are sure to perform differently.
I'll see if I can find the time and materials to do this, and share the results if so.