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50 cal sabot rounds and home made ballistic gel

Well bored out of my mind and thinking about elk hunting I wanted to figure out a good load for the black powder .50 cal rifle I built for Diane for Christmas. The problem was I wanted to test the load on ballistic gel. Well I did a bit of research for ballistic gel, found a company that sold it for $4.95 a pound, 25 pound minimum order too rich for me. So I made my own, it was easy, cost me $20 total. If anyone is interested I will post up the "recipe". The load I came up with was 80 grains of Pyrodex RS paired up with Hornady SST-ML High speed Low drag .50 caliber 240 grain sabot round. Devastating results.
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Rick, is your ballistic gel recyclable? The good stuff you can melt down and reuse over and over.
Eric YES! I mean I was stunned at the results I got. I just melt it down and re-use it. I have used this batch 3 times already.

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Eric YES! I mean I was stunned at the results I got. I just melt it down and re-use it. I have used this batch 3 times already.

Then quit jibber jabbering and post the recipe!

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Here is the recipe

12 packs of Knox Gelatin (each pack contains 4, 1/4 ounces packets, so a total of 12 ounces, it will cost @ $20)
12 cups of hot water, no hotter than 130 degrees
2 empty containers that will hold 12 cups, I used a pot, and a small plastic waste basket
some non stick spray (pam)
put the hot water in the pot, and careful whisk in the 48 packets of gelatin, 1 packet at a time, whisk gently or you'll get air bubbles and a cloudy gelatin.
refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours, it should have the consistence of jello now. take the pot and put in a hot water bath (130F) until it melts again.
spray your mold (waste basket) with pam and carefully pour in the gelatin and refrigerate for 36 hours.
Pop it out, and your good to go.
It will not melt at room temperature.
To re-use melt it by putting in pot again and a hot water bath until it melts, then put it back in the mold and refrigerate for 36 hours.

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I'm going to build a mold that is 16x16x36, hopefully that will stop a Critical Defense .45 ACP round. I have also shot at 500 grain arrow with a broad head at the gel, 65lbs draw, went clean thru my 8x8x16 gel.

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Rick, does this need to be refrigerated between uses? Will it rot/spoil/melt/mold?

The price is right, so I guess a couple uses then toss it wouldn't be a big loss.

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Rick, does this need to be refrigerated between uses? Will it rot/spoil/melt/mold?

The price is right, so I guess a couple uses then toss it wouldn't be a big loss.

Thanks for posting up the recipe!
Eric I keep mine refrigerated between uses. I'm pretty sure it won't melt at room temps. I'm pretty sure it will get moldy, I was thinking of adding wintergreen oil to prevent mold. As I experiment I will post up the results and if I figure out how to post a youtube video I will do that too.

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That's not ballistics gel, it's a jello mold lol Put some fruit in there and you can eat it while you reload. Mods, move this to the kitchen forum.

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I find that most backyard critters make for a more economical and realistic medium

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Unless you have elk and mule deer in your backyard, squirrels and rabbits won't do

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That's not ballistics gel, it's a jello mold lol Put some fruit in there and you can eat it while you reload. Mods, move this to the kitchen forum.
Only if I add a can of fruit cocktail to it.

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These are mutant Gary, IN. rabbits!

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