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300 grain Gdhp expansion in wood

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by FLORIDA KEVIN, Feb 3, 2008.

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  1. FLORIDA KEVIN

    FLORIDA KEVIN Member

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    i had the oportunity the other day to shoot a few of my handloads at something other than paper target ! I was shooting .454 casull loads using Lilgun powder and Speer GDHP 300 grain bullets ! The first victim was a honeydew melon , which was nearly vaporized ! The second target was a pressure treated 4x4 shot end on ! The bullet was recovered after 18 1/2 inches of penetration !what surprized me was that the bullet showed zero expansion ! except for the rifling marks I could have reloaded it and shot it again ! Not too scientific ,but it was fun and intersesting ! Kevin
     
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    Wow it went 18+ inches in a 4x4 and didn't bust out the side? That’s impressive.

    Weird that it didn't expand at all, I wonder if its because there was something (wood) solid all around the bullet.?
     
  3. rcmodel

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    JHP handgun bullets will seldom if ever expand in dry wood.

    Hollow-points depend on hydraulic pressure to make them expand.

    Without a fluid medium of some form to blow them open, they can't expand.
    That can be sand, or water, or blood, or muscle tissue.
    But wood won't do it.

    [​IMG]
    rcmodel
     
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    Thanks for the explanation!

    Thanks for the explaination RC ! That makes sense ! maybe next time we will line up a bunch of melons in a row and see how many we can get through ! Kevin
     
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    Upon entry, the wood actually pinches down the point a bit, trying to close the hollow point
     
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