Bullet expansion

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WileyCoyote
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Bullet expansion

Post by WileyCoyote » Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:36 pm

This is a photo of a Brooks or Lyman .54, shot at a paper target tacked to a mesquite tree at about 50 yards. I dug the bullet out. Check out the expansion. That would make for a very bad day. Ignore the small groove marks on the far right of the expanded bullet; those are marks left by the pliers that I grabbed it with.
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lastchip

Re: Bullet expansion

Post by lastchip » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:35 pm

wow, I'm amazed on how the bullet cavitated and expanded. I assumed this style bullet would mushroom or flatten out, not being a hollow nose or being a high velocity round. Thanks for sharing this image.

WileyCoyote
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Re: Bullet expansion

Post by WileyCoyote » Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:27 pm

I thought it would mushroom, too, especially after hitting something as hard as a mesquite tree. When I first saw it, I couldn't believe it. But all we've ever shot there, and we use that tree all the time, are .22's, .36 and .44 lead balls and the .54. Thanks for looking.

Imagine that hitting you at 50 or 100 yards and expanding like that.

MHS4575
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Re: Bullet expansion

Post by MHS4575 » Sat May 24, 2014 7:17 am

Mesquite is a hard wood. Weatherby used to make their 460 stocks from Californian mesquite it before the Democtrats took hold of California government.

geezmo
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Re: Bullet expansion

Post by geezmo » Sat May 24, 2014 4:53 pm

I'm impressed. Better the tree than me. What powder charge were you using?

WileyCoyote
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Re: Bullet expansion

Post by WileyCoyote » Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:45 am

Brooks or Lyman bullet. 45 grains in a Hahn tube.

varsity07840
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Re: Bullet expansion

Post by varsity07840 » Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:56 am

Is that pure lead?

Duane

WileyCoyote
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Re: Bullet expansion

Post by WileyCoyote » Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:17 am

Pure lead as far as I know. Don't remember where I bought them online; probably Brooks mold, as I had 100 of each at one time, but only have some Lymans remaining.

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Re: Bullet expansion

Post by WileyCoyote » Wed Nov 16, 2016 11:38 pm

To Geezmo:

I never did reply to your question about what powder charge I was using. 40 grains of genuine FF black powder.

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