Firearms Tactical

D.I.Y. Ballistic Gel Trials and Errors

Making homemade ballistic gel is a process that requires patience, ingenuity and a couple of days. For more information on how to do that, check out our previous article on how to make ballistic gel at home.

It can be a bit tedious, but after blooming, cooking, and molding the gel comes the fun part. Testing your D.I.Y. ballistic gel is a trial in and of itself. Solubility, thickness, and gel strength are key factors in how the gel will perform when impacted with a bullet. And you don’t really know how the gel will respond until you take it to the woods and find out. Β 

Below are three examples of 30-06 hunting rounds, tested on authentic D.I.Y. ballistic gel at 100 yards. The 30-06 round was chosen for this test because it is arguably the most common hunting round in America.

The results were pretty fun.

Fiocchi 165 grain


Hornady 165 Grain


Premium 180 Grain


Fun as those clips are, they present an unfortunate complication in DIY ballistic gel testing. What happens when the size and thickness of your ballistic gel isn’t enough to stand up to the high-powered hunting rounds you are testing?

This is what happens:


The final results of these 30-06 bullets meeting this batch of DIY gel did not allow for much inspection in terms of penetration or cavitation. But it did leave one solid understanding behind: we’re gonna need more gel.

Stay tuned…

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