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Ignorant question

Postby dismal on Mon Jul 31, 2023 9:24 am

So I found this on the ground:
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Is this a fired bullet? Or just pulled? Not sure what rifling marks would look like.
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Re: Ignorant question

Postby westhope on Mon Jul 31, 2023 10:03 am

It shows rifling. I see a slow rate of twist.

Since it is not deformed, I have seen fired bullets that show no deformation when they are shot into snow.
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Re: Ignorant question

Postby Bitter Bastard on Mon Jul 31, 2023 10:34 am

Definitely fired, and that's what rifling marks look like. Now you know!

Not uncommon to find fired bullets that look in almost unfired condition except for the rifling marks.



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Re: Ignorant question

Postby Scratch on Mon Jul 31, 2023 10:57 am

Fired. I find them all the time at my range if they miss the steel and go into the dirt.
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Re: Ignorant question

Postby crbutler on Mon Jul 31, 2023 11:09 am

Agree. It’s fired, with obvious rifling.

I suppose one could drive a bullet through the bore with a rod and hammer as well, but that usually leaves pretty obvious marks on the base or nose. I don’t see those there.
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Ignorant question

Postby dismal on Mon Jul 31, 2023 12:01 pm

Thanks everyone for the insight. I’ve never seen a non-deformed fired bullet before, wasn’t sure what to expect.

This was found in a self-storage facility in Rochester just off of Hwy. 14. Guessing that it was maybe shot from the highway into a snow bank, they usually pile the snow at the end near the highway. Interesting find.
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Re: Ignorant question

Postby Holland&Holland on Mon Jul 31, 2023 2:11 pm

Cool looking for sure!
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Re: Ignorant question

Postby warrlac on Mon Jul 31, 2023 8:47 pm

Shot into snow. Most likely the correct answer. Westhope gets a star for being 1st.
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Re: Ignorant question

Postby westhope on Mon Jul 31, 2023 9:01 pm

warrlac wrote:Shot into snow. Most likely the correct answer. Westhope gets a star for being 1st.


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Ignorant question

Postby gun_fan111v2 on Mon Jul 31, 2023 9:55 pm

warrlac wrote:Shot into snow. Most likely the correct answer. Westhope gets a star for being 1st.


Isn’t there frozen ground under the snow that would deform the bullet?
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Re: Ignorant question

Postby nhluke on Tue Aug 01, 2023 12:18 am

Seach youtube for videos of shooting on ice and high rpms
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Re: Ignorant question

Postby xd ED on Tue Aug 01, 2023 5:46 am

I’m curious if you were able to ID the round...weight, diameter?

Grubbing around the sand of some impact berms, I have found similar looking bullets...mostly what I suspect were from large, slower moving black powder rounds.
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Re: Ignorant question

Postby Sorcerer on Tue Aug 01, 2023 6:59 am

Looks like the bullet that I found on the flat roof of the apartment complex I work at. Mine was a hollow point and I believe a 40 caliber.
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Re: Ignorant question

Postby Grandpa Rex on Tue Aug 01, 2023 7:04 am

If you dig at an outdoor range, it is not unusual to see intact bullets in the sand backdrop.

It is usually FMJ bullets.

I assume they are hitting soft spots in the backer.
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Re: Ignorant question

Postby Rip Van Winkle on Tue Aug 01, 2023 7:16 am

I've dug more than one M1 Carbine bullet out of a target frame that looked like that. I think it's due to the relatively low velocity and thick jacket.
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