Fun With Tracers


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KodiakBeer
May 29, 2011, 04:53 PM
What do you do when you find yourself with a bag of tracers in .308, 30.06 and .30 carbine? Myself, my son and his wife explore this question with a FAL, a Garand and an M1 Carbine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jz8uWlqRnvA

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Heretic
May 29, 2011, 05:48 PM
Had some 9mm tracers for an M11 carbine I used to own. Shot them for the fourth because fireworks are illegal here.

61chalk
May 30, 2011, 08:44 AM
I've got some tracers coming for my M14/M1A....hope to have some fun too...haven't shot any since the Army days....the .50 cal was the best.

del4
May 30, 2011, 11:09 AM
I bought some tracers in 5.56. When we would shoot them into water, almost all of them would bounce 90 degrees to the left. We have always hunted snakes in that pond never realizing that we were launching bullets onto our neibors property. Watch what you are shooting at, be aware of your surroundings and your backstop.

animator
May 30, 2011, 02:48 PM
I bought some tracers in 5.56. When we would shoot them into water, almost all of them would bounce 90 degrees to the left. We have always hunted snakes in that pond never realizing that we were launching bullets onto our neibors property. Watch what you are shooting at, be aware of your surroundings and your backstop.
That's interesting. I imagine it would have something to do with the spin of the bullet and the surface tension of the water.



But yes, bullets do odd things once out of the barrel. It's pretty surprising just how many ricochet into the unknown once downrange...

KodiakBeer
May 30, 2011, 03:20 PM
True enough. In this video, that slide is 400 yards away and you can see several bullets ricochet off at odd angles.

gathert
May 30, 2011, 03:38 PM
Hence why terminal ballistics are sometimes impossible to predict. Bullets go wherever they want when they hit something.

rondog
May 30, 2011, 04:19 PM
Tracer bullets here. http://www.polygunbag.com/bullets.html

medalguy
May 30, 2011, 11:54 PM
If you order from Poly Gun Bag, get the BU33 bullets. They have a near 100% lite rate. The cheap "no paint" bullets aren't nearly as reliable but they're cheap plinking stock. Have fun!!

goon
May 30, 2011, 11:58 PM
I was also amazed to see bullets hitting solid backstops and bouncing nearly 90 degrees straight up. Tracers were educational... but they did light brushfires on occasion.

I think the most fun I had with tracers to date though was with .22LR tracers. Somehow I wound up with about half a box in a bunch of ammo I acquired. They lit up right at the muzzle and kept burning long enough to make it fun. And how can you not have fun with a .22?!

baylorattorney
May 31, 2011, 12:12 AM
Del4 is exactly right. It is amazing to see where the rounds travel after hitting soft targets even.

They are hell on your bore tho as far as dirty goes.

kozak6
May 31, 2011, 12:24 AM
Has anyone tried "Glow Ammo" yet?

It's a phosphorescent dot stuck on the back of the bullet that is supposed to achieve a similar effect.

gathert
May 31, 2011, 12:57 AM
I hear you cant see it if you are shooting the gun, and it doesnt work too well. I'd get some to try but they are kind of expensive. I would like to get ahold of the Fiochi glow ammo for a shotgun though from their "Canned Heat" line of ammo.

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