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.223 fired through common household structures/items

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Bartholomew Roberts, Nov 16, 2012.

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  1. Bartholomew Roberts

    Bartholomew Roberts Moderator Emeritus

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    http://looserounds.com/2012/11/15/w...and-will-it-stop-a-rifle-round-lets-find-out/

    The author of this blog had an abandoned home complete with left behind furniture, appliances, food in the refigerator, etc. Like any good gun nut, he used the opportunity to test which of these items were cover and which were concealment when fired at with: M193, M855, Hornady 75gr TAP, and Hornady 75gr Training.

    In addition to just being interesting, a lot of people will probably find it informative.
     
  2. Tempest 455

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    Having shot .223 and seeing how it goes right through a small tree (6"), none of this suprises me. I think the fridge results are entirely dependant on what it hit inside the fridge.
     
  3. 1911 guy

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    Interesting. I've shot M193 through concrete block walls and into targets, so it doesn't surprise me, but it's still interesting nonetheless to see common things evaluated.
     
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    Oh nuts! Seriously? I had been relying on the tests (I no longer remember where I read them) where the TAP ammo would begin to fragment when going thru drywall etc., and had concluded it was "safe" to use in home defense. That you shot thru what sounds like cinderblocks with the 223 is disconcerting.

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    I read the blog linked in OP's post, and it sounds like maybe TAP is ok, but ball no so much so in this scenario.
     
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    Looks like fun, but I doubt anybody's going to be surprised by any of it. I'd like to see birdshot vs buckshot and some pistol rounds.
    RT
     
  6. Bartholomew Roberts

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    55gr typically breaks apart when the bullet yaws and then velocity rips the bullet in half along the cannelure - if you are shooting into a medium where it is difficult for the bullet to yaw, you may not see that.
     
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    I wonder what the home owner thought when he came home and there were bullet holes in everything and brass on the floor! :D

    Either that or the wife was at the store... :uhoh:
     
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    I'd love to see the same test with handgun rounds. I suspect it would be shocking how much less penetration most have.
     
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    Stubbicat, it was cinder block. I assume the bullets were fragmenting coming out the other side, but it was still enough to make the fella(s) on the other side cease and desist. The exit holes on the back sode o the wall were about quarter sized. Whether due to fragmentation or just the block chunking out, I don't know.
     
  10. Dr.Rob

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    Books are pretty effective stoppers. Full bookcase = decent cover.

    Good reason to hoard old phonebooks and encylopedias? Probably not.

    Washing machines don't contain much 'stuff' unless they are loaded the metal is pretty thin. Fridges have more 'stuff'.. insulation, glass jars, bottles, food etc. Better choice to get behind than nothing at all.
     
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    There was an incident in either New Zealand, Tasmania or Australia where the bad guy's .223 rounds went a fair distance and still penetrated a home or two, from what I recall.
    Does anybody have the link?
     
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