A question of penetration


April 26, 2003, 12:42 PM
You're in a mobile home. The home is located in one of those mobile home parks where the houses are in nice straight lines and spaced 20-30 feet apart.
You fire a 44 mag with a hot load straight at the living room wall. Just for clarification, say the bullet is a lead flat point moving about 1300fps. If the bullet doesn't encounter a piece of furniture, an appliance or a wall stud, how many mobile homes will it go through?

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April 26, 2003, 01:00 PM
At least a dozen or so....:scrutiny:

Mike Irwin
April 26, 2003, 03:08 PM
You're going to have some resistance from the paneling on the interior, the aluminum skin, and the insulation in the walls, but that's not a lot of resistance.

I think Doc's estimate is a little high, but then again, I wouldn't be at all surprised if it were right on the money, either.

April 26, 2003, 03:12 PM
A question of penetration ...

Oh ... you're talking about a bullet

Standing Wolf
April 26, 2003, 06:03 PM
I'd guess a .44 magnum bullet would penetrate at least two or three mobile homes before fragmenting and/or yielding its momentum.

April 26, 2003, 09:37 PM
Could somebody please close this thread? I happen to live in a mobile home and I wouldn't want any of my neigbours gettin' any bright ideas ...

April 26, 2003, 09:49 PM
I used to live in one too, that's how the question came up. Always wondered "What if" one of the neighbors had a ND!

April 26, 2003, 10:00 PM
Not that many. Gravity will see to that.

April 26, 2003, 10:01 PM
I had a dream once where I had an ND with my Browning HP and the round went throught the side of my trailer, straight on out through both sides of my neigbour's trailer and stopped after going through the side window of a Ford Explorer that was parked about fifty yards away. In my sleep, I imagined that to be extraordinarily incredible for a 9MM. ( That's how I knew that I must be dreaming ... )

April 26, 2003, 10:07 PM
Only ND I had was when I was 14. Long story short, 9mm ball bullet went through one wall, bounced off the ceiling and through another wall into the lawn somewhere. These was sheetrock, not just paneling.

April 27, 2003, 01:47 AM
How many mobile homes will it penetrate?

All of them.:p

Mike Irwin
April 27, 2003, 01:27 PM
Looks like you're the Double Wide Negligent Discharge tester, Saxon.

Get yourself a couple of Budwisers, a .44, and head over to "Heavenly Acres" Mobile Home Park.

April 27, 2003, 09:28 PM
Oh ... you're talking about a bullet

And you were thinking. . . football? :evil:

Dave Markowitz
April 27, 2003, 09:36 PM
Is this a question on a math test in Alabama? :)

April 27, 2003, 09:41 PM
Years ago, I was home from college on a break and some yahoos drove down the street firing a .38 or .357 revolver out the window.

They hit several houses and a couple of vehicles.

The only bullet recovered went through a pickup truck (through the back of the cab just under the back windshield, then out the roof) and stuck in the wood paneling of a house.

The one that went through my dad's van (through one side, and coming out the other through the sliding door--at least three layers of steel as I recall) was never found.

The one that went all the way through the house two doors down was never found. We're talking houses constructed just after WWII, so they're pretty solid--nothing like a thin aluminum skin over insulation...

I figure that a .44 would go through a LOT of mobile home walls. I don't know if it would make it through a dozen mobile homes, but you'd never take any of my money by getting me to bet it wouldn't.

April 28, 2003, 05:35 AM
hmmm lead .44 slug. depends on of it hits a stove, refrigerator, freezer or water heater. Hit any of those it wont even go out the trailer you shot it off in. Missing things like that it probably would go tru about 3 or 4 of them. Sofas and recliners tend to expand lead too. A buddy of mine did a silly AD with a lead .357 once that took out a door,china cabenet and died on a steel bread box...sheet tin is hell on lead slugs...

April 28, 2003, 07:31 AM
The bullet will rest 3' 4" from the wall of the third mobile home from where the shot was made. :D

How did I get it, you ask? :confused:

From experience... :D:D:D <you know this response is crap!>

Seriously, why do you want to know? If you've got the answer, then inquiring minds want to know? ;)

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