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Old 02-13-2013, 08:45   #26
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Shooting water jugs IS scientific actually. If it is a test that can be easily controlled and repeated it is scientific. It allows people to compare differences between one or two variables accurately for relatively low cost. What it is NOT perhaps, is as others are stating above very representative about what happens to a human body. There is however a correlation. Ballistics aren't as complicated as some people here would have you believe. With hollow points, generally, higher velocity yields more trauma, with larger secondary cavities. To a point this will be at the cost of penetration distance. After a certain point, the bullet will "over expand" and penetration will start to increase again... as we continue to increase the velocity, the bullet will begin to fragment. (Another place I am often scratching my head as many on this forum says that is "bad" because the bullet is "failing"... as long as penetration is sufficient, there is no way in Haydes I would call that a failure.) In handguns, that's about the end of it, because it's very difficult to get the velocity up to rifle speeds with a 4" barrel, not to mention the recoil becomes unwieldy.
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Old 02-14-2013, 15:34   #27
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Over the years I have tested tons of hard cast and FMJ handgun bullets in wood. Heavy weight hardcast bullets cut straight through and make big exit holes. Flat point Cor Bon Penetrators will as well and are even tougher. Sierra 300 grain .45 bullets really do have a hard core as do their 300 grain .44's. They will penetrate similar to a hard cast in a handgun if you prefer a jacketed bullet in your big bore handgun. The original Freedom Arms 300 grain jacketed bullet for the 454 is even tougher than the Sierra. A 200 grain 357 Magnum hardcast running at 1200+ will give a good 44 Magnum a run for the money as far as penetration goes. Sometimes folks just like figuring things out for themselves. Read Elmer Keith's books and he enjoyed bullet testing as well. And those Keith bullets will go deep and straight as well.
Bullet casting sure does increase the options.
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