When we make some advancement in technology, engineering or mathematics, the natural reaction is to run wild with it and apply it to everything. That’s why you can now wear a watch that has more computing power than the lunar modules had during the Apollo flights. Your tablet has more computing power than mainframes had when I was learning COBOL and Fortran.
So when the FBI developed the ballistic test protocols it is so proud of, a lot of people took them as gospel. We are now to the point where the first question posed to any new brand or type of ammo is “How does it do in the FBI tests?”
While the FBI tests are good, you have to keep in mind that the gelatin used is a tissue simulant. It isn’t real, it isn’t live, and its one main virtue is that it is consistent. Properly mixed and used, it will produce the same results regardless of where and when you test a given cartridge. A cartridge that scored higher on the FBI tests probably is better. But that isn’t a lock.
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