Bullet expansion?

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    Cornmastah
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    Bullet expansion?

    Post by Cornmastah on Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:24 pm

    I was digging in my "bullet catch," (a 5 gallon bucket full of sand) and was pulling out the cast lead bullets in the post fired state.  I wanted to see how much some of them had expanded, as well as collect them to melt them down again and shoot them again.  I found a few really cool looking ones.  I will try to get some pics of them.

    This one is a 500 mag bullet made out of a harder alloy:




    This one is a 30 cal powder coated with a gas check cast out of a softer alloy, shot at a higher velocity






    I was surprised how much the soft lead flattened out. I was more surprised that the gas check remained attached to the bullet.
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    Re: Bullet expansion?

    Post by Cornmastah on Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:28 pm

    I wonder if the powder coating helped hold the lead together instead of fragmenting off into lots of little pieces.

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