wadcutters in rifles


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Bezoar
October 21, 2008, 06:02 PM
How does using a wadcutter in a rifle change the performance and ballistics of a wadcutter? Ive read that a wadcutter can almost be cosidered armor poiercing at short range on solid objects like logs and 4x4s. What are they like out of say a 16" or longer barrel?

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rcmodel
October 21, 2008, 06:10 PM
Are you asking about target style wadcutters?
Or hard-cast Keith style Semi-wadcutters?

http://www.remington.com/products/ammunition/handgun/remington.asp

The only difference in performance out of a rifle or carbine would be 300 - 400 fps higher velocity out of a carbine length barrel.

They are by no means armor piercing, but do penetrate well because they normally don't expand like a hollow point or soft point bullet.

rcmodel

Hoppy590
October 21, 2008, 06:10 PM
Ive read that a wadcutter can almost be cosidered armor poiercing at short range on solid objects like logs and 4x4s. What are they like out of say a 16" or longer barrel?

yes, an unjacketed, un pointed lump of soft lead becomes AP. :rolleyes:

no. no it doesn't.

Vern Humphrey
October 21, 2008, 07:06 PM
A wadcutter is so-called because of the clean holes it makes in a target. A target shot with these bullets resembles what's left of a piece of material cut into shotgun wads with a sharpened pipe, termed a "Wad Cutter."

Wadcutters were developed to make those sharp, clean holes, because in most shooting events the rule is "a shot that cuts or touches a scoring line counts for the higher value." Shoot a .22 round nose at a sheet of paper and note how difficult it is to find the edge of the hole for scoring purposes.

Back in the 1840s, Whitworth demonstrated that a flat nose steel projectile penetrates steel armor best -- a sharp nose is likely to be deformed on impact. For that reason, most armor piercing tank and naval projectiles have a flat nose under a ballistic windshield.

A lead wadcutter is not an armor piercing bullet, by any means. In hunting, however, wadcutters and semi-wadcutters tend to cut full-diameter holes in game, and kill quite well.

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