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Old 05-01-2012, 07:16   #1
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Homemade Hollow-points?

Just curious, and probably a dumb idea , but has anyone drilled out part of the center of a fmj and made a homemade hollow-point? If so, how did it turn out, any pictures.. etc?
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:20   #2
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I'd assume it'd either fragment, or not open up at all.

Not really cost effective when you can find deals on quality HP ammo for as cheap as 17$ for a box of 50.....
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:43   #3
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BEEN THERE DONE THAT.
If you take a regular FMJ bullet [ not TMJ] and start drilling holes in the front end or filing off the nose to a FP you open yourself to an interesting phenomena in which the propellent gases shove the bullet core out of the jacket and out of the barrel leaving the jacket in the barrel for the next round to deal with rather poorly.
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BEEN THERE DONE THAT.
If you take a regular FMJ bullet [ not TMJ] and start drilling holes in the front end or filing off the nose to a FP you open yourself to an interesting phenomena in which the propellent gases shove the bullet core out of the jacket and out of the barrel leaving the jacket in the barrel for the next round to deal with rather poorly.
Very Interesting.

Children the actions you read about here were done by a professional in a controlled laboratory environment.

Do not try to repeat this at home.

Wil, Thanks for the information
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:32   #5
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Just curious, and probably a dumb idea , but has anyone drilled out part of the center of a fmj and made a homemade hollow-point? If so, how did it turn out, any pictures.. etc?
It would be an incredible waste of time and it would probably result in bullets that are not properly balanced and wouldn't hit the side of a barn at 25 yards. Real hollow points are about as cheap as FMJ, sometimes cheaper, if you are buying bullets, and they work a lot better.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:35   #6
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They can work, especially on higher vel rifle bullets, but bad things can happen there if the HP is too large & the core slips the jacket in the bbl. If you want cheap HP for you handgun, think casting your own.
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Old 05-01-2012, 14:00   #7
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Wow, lotsa winning questions, I will have to get more prizes...( I had a reloading friend that suggested I do this with my 50 cal!?!)
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Old 05-01-2012, 14:07   #8
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They can work, especially on higher vel rifle bullets, but bad things can happen there if the HP is too large & the core slips the jacket in the bbl. If you want cheap HP for you handgun, think casting your own.
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btw I have shot fred's cast bullets, and they are very well made and accurate ! (good job amigo)






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Old 05-02-2012, 02:40   #9
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Back long ago in my younger days, HP ammo had seriously small hollow point holes. I used a drill bit to open them up a little to what i liked. Then came Super Vel ammo and Speers flying ashtray, and i stopped doing it. Todays ammo is much better.
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:23   #10
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Used to make our own with pellets as a kid but I would never try doing it with bullets.
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