Awesome Recovered Bullet Pictures


March 21, 2011, 09:43 PM
My family owns some land that we shoot on here in Alaska, so my father-in-law and I went shooting out there a couple of evenings ago.
We just stapled a target to a tree about 8 inches thick and got to work with some 230 grain FMJ rounds out of my 1911. We probably put about 50-60 rounds into the target and changed to some Hornady Critical Defense rounds. They really tore up the side of the tree but gave way to some pretty cool pictures.

All the rounds we recovered from ONE tree. They just fell out when the Critical Defense rounds tore the tree open. Some of the rounds, besides the striations from the barrel's rifling, seemed completely undamaged.

One of the more awesome photos. You can clearly see the "wound channel" of the FMJ round through the tree. One round collided with another.

When we saw them in the tree we were excited because it was just like in the movies. Usually bullets fragment and tear apart upon hitting something, but these ones looked really good.

"Uh, judging my the ballistic striations on each round, we can conclusively determine that your dog and your tree were shot by the same suspect..."

It was a fun and surprising discovery.

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March 21, 2011, 10:17 PM
I love recovered bullets. Have a small collection of .22s that I've dug out of the dirt in the back yard as well as a few 9mm and .45 (don't shoot those in the back yard as much)

Wood, dirt, and of course water all make good bullet stops.

March 21, 2011, 10:17 PM
That poor tree....................

March 21, 2011, 10:40 PM
Looks like the tree I cut down with an M1 one time. Thats right, a tree.

Owen Sparks
March 21, 2011, 10:51 PM
Subject matter aside, The quality of the photography is outstanding. Good work!

March 21, 2011, 10:58 PM
That's really cool. You'll remember that for a long time.
I did that once with a scrap piece of 4x4, a S&W 442 and 50 rounds of WWB 38 Special. Then I got a chisel and a hammer and tore that 4x4 apart (the 50 rounds had made a good start) and I got most of the bullets out before I stopped. I still have those slugs around here somewhere in a ziploc bag....

March 22, 2011, 01:02 PM
I've used slightly rotted logs, shooting into the end grain. You can then split the log to recover the slugs and save 'em in a plastic bag, you can't find at the moment.

March 22, 2011, 01:09 PM
Was this a live tree?

March 22, 2011, 01:16 PM
I've got some .22s and some lead .45 bullets I've recovered from laundry detergent bottles I was shooting. Some of the loads were just enough to cycle the slide. Some of these bullets, almost look like I could reload them (I wouldn't).

Also recovered some from a tree people used for target practice at the lake house of one of my father's friends.

March 22, 2011, 01:48 PM
A cotton wood log will soak up a lot of bullets. .45ACP Hornady XTP's just thud into it maybe 1.5" max.

March 22, 2011, 03:35 PM
Yes it was a living tree. And it was my living tree. And I got about a million more of them on the 100 acres there. I'm not too worried about it. :)

Claude Clay
March 22, 2011, 03:40 PM
i have lots of various calibers recovered from bowling pins and old phone books.
i have no way of knowing what that tree did to make you have to kill it slowly but...
ua musta had a reason

I'm not too worried about it.
...or not

March 22, 2011, 03:46 PM
I had a 308 round skip through loose topsoil in a field in front of a soup can and become lodged halfway through the can. I should have snapped a picture of this kevlar campbell's soup can. :rolleyes:

March 22, 2011, 03:46 PM
Here Comes the Hate From the TREE HUGGER'S ;)

wild cat mccane
March 22, 2011, 03:50 PM
Or Eagle Scouts respecting nature :)

Red State
March 22, 2011, 03:58 PM
If its his tree on his property, I can think of a lot of good reasons to cut it down:

to make room for a different tree
to let sunlight come through
to make a better view
to clear a shooting lane through the woods

Whatever his reason, cutting the tree with bullets is way more fun than using a saw or axe.

March 22, 2011, 04:22 PM
When I first got into shooting I used to fill a five gallon bucket with sand and shoot in to it and dig out the bullets hollow points and fmjs the fmjs always looked perfect except for the grooves. I used to have 44spec Speer hollow points those got the biggest

VT Deer Hunter
March 22, 2011, 04:33 PM
WOW thats just cool!

March 22, 2011, 08:50 PM
Here's a picture of a bullet that we fired that has absoluetly no damage to the nose of the round. Not a dent and not a scratch. A guy at work doesn't even believe it was fired, even though it has the rifling marks.
Thanks for enjoying my photos.

March 22, 2011, 08:57 PM
That poor tree

What about the trees they cut down (killed) to build your house or anything else you have that is wooden? It was his tree, he can do what he wants with it.

How about when you weed your garden and kill all those weeds? :rolleyes:

March 22, 2011, 09:10 PM
We all take what we need from the wild to provide a life but nothing wrong with respecting that wild and showing repect for the things it gives us. I would and have done the same thing but also think poor tree before I pull the trigger and smile.
Pilot, the best way to weed is with birdshot. Poor weeds, happy me :evil:

March 22, 2011, 09:39 PM
yeah Ive done some ballistic trimming before. i have a key chain made out of a recovered 380 seated back into the brass. the rifling is just barley visible over the case mouth

March 22, 2011, 11:20 PM
I don't kill things without a good reason.

If I kill one of my dogs will you all defend my actions because I own the dog and I have two more?

Just saying...

March 22, 2011, 11:29 PM
depends on what was wrong with the dog

March 22, 2011, 11:30 PM
It's his tree and he's not concerned. Do tree huggers only have synthetic stocks?

March 22, 2011, 11:42 PM
tree on wooded private lot in Alaska = pet dog

well, of course

March 23, 2011, 02:11 AM
This thread is about recovered bullets, not about the ethics of shooting a tree, which do not have feelings or souls, nor do I have any shortage of. I would not staple a target to a dog and shoot at it, nor would I keep a tree as a pet. Apples and oranges (or more appropriately for this forum, "AR's and AK's").

I was trying to demonstrate the phenomena of a 230 grain bullet going from 1000 fps to completely stopped with no damage, not upset the 300 trillion other trees in Alaska or their advocates.

I'm shooting targets just like yours only before the tree is cut down, chipped, mulched, bleached, made into paper, printed and sold. :)

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