Clearballistics Clear Gel

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Breaking: Clearballistics Clear Gel Not as Accurate as Manufacturer claims.

If you have chosen your home defense ammunition based on a test performed with clear gel, you may want to reconsider. Clearballistics clear gel is extremely popular in YouTube ammo testing and with product demonstrations for gimmick ammo companies.

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Clearballistics claims that it mimics real ballistic gelatin in every way. We tested that claim by firing .223 Nosler 64 gr bonded soft point into real, properly calibrated 10% ballistic gelatin from Vyse and into a fresh block of clear gel with two shots each. The results will probably surprise you.
 
 
As you can see, the results plainly show that the clear gel product does not produce accurate measurements. This invalidates the results of a great number of amateur tests. If you have decided to rely on ammunition because it met the 12″ FBI recommended penetration standard in a clear gel test, you should reconsider that choice. Likewise, if you have dismissed ammunition because it seemed to penetrate too deeply in a clear gel test, those results might be misleading.
 
More testing is needed, but it is possible that the clear product may have other deficiencies. If the manufacturer was deceptive about accurate penetration measurements, they might not be honest about other factors. It might not be as temperature stable as they claim. It might not retain the same BB calibration over multiple uses. It's even possible that it could allow a poorly designed hollow point bullet to expand when fired through heavy clothing when real gelatin might show that bullet to fail. Of course, this is all speculative, but it is worth investigating. My hope is that more testing can be conducted and we can uncover just how much Clearballistics has misled us.Clearballistics Clear Gel
 
For the time being, the only thing we can say for sure is that the clear gel product does not live up to claims and you should not place any weight in ammunition testing conducted with it, either for or against. As always, the best ammunition is ammunition produced by companies that have government contracts and loads that meet FBI standards in professional testing with properly prepared and calibrated 10% ordnance testing.
 
 
Andrew Betts served with the Arizona National Guard for over 12 years, including a tour to Afghanistan. Visit his YouTube Channel for more great shooting information.
 

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Comments

  1. This test is also inaccurate. I can’t tell exactly how much difference in the penetration of the two shots the difference in distance makes. I can’t even tell exactly how distance there is in the two shots, but it is noticeable.
    Look at how much closer the shooter is in the second shot then he is in the first shot. at 1:17 in the video follow a straight line from table to front foot. You’ll see a large rock and a shotgun shell and beside his toes a shotgun shell. You’ll see a purple object at the top of three rocks that form a triangle and his foot at the bottom left of the triangle. At 2:23 in the video follow a straight line from table to front foot. You’ll see a large rock and a shotgun shell and beside him at the bottom of the screen a shotgun shell. You’ll see a purple object at the top of three rocks that form a triangle and his foot almost on top of the top rock of the triangle.

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