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How To–Ballistic Gelatin

by Scott E. Mayer   |  July 13th, 2011 5

Many shooters ask about making their own ballistic gelatin for testing bullets. Perhaps the easiest way to get started is with a Gelatin Innovations ordnance/ballistic gelatin kit from Vyse. The kit contains everything you need except water, a bucket and a scale to make three 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 16-inch blocks of 10 % gelatin. This is the standard for the FBI ammunition tests. The directions are easy to follow and the blocks are very high quality. If you want to put your favorite load to the true FBI test, make sure you calibrate the blocks using a BB gun as described in the complete instructions.

The below video contains the basic instructions for making a block. As you’ll see, it’s really not that hard to do.  It is a little hard on the wallet, though, as a single gelatin block ends up costing about $30, and they’re one-shot deals.

  • NN

    We're expecting to see some great testing results, now.

  • Red-Neck

    I like using Cherry Jello to mix up mine, after I'm done shooting it makes a good desert.

  • Fivespeed302

    Where do you buy a BB gun that shoots exactly 800 fps every time? Don't let it get too cold or warm, the temp has to be exact or consistency will not be correct, and the whole test will be a waste.

  • MLittle5

    I found the video very interesting. I was wondering how it was done. I heard some where that after shooting the gel, if the block comes apart that you have a mess on your hands and some ranges have issues with you shooting the stuff. Sure would be fun to test some reloads and see exactly how the differnt loads reacted.

  • joshua

    the step with the zip bag is not needed and just makes it harder to mix. just slowly pour the mix to the warm water while mixing

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