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Awesome Recovered Bullet Pictures

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by zstephens13, Mar 21, 2011.

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  1. zstephens13

    zstephens13 Member

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
     
  2. Caliper_Mi

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    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.
     
  3. xXxplosive

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    That poor tree....................
     
  4. gathert

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    Looks like the tree I cut down with an M1 one time. Thats right, a tree.
     
  5. Owen Sparks

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    Subject matter aside, The quality of the photography is outstanding. Good work!
     
  6. shotgunjoel

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    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....
     
  7. svtruth

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    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.
     
  8. SaxonPig

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    Was this a live tree?
     
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    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.
     
  10. Blackrock

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    A cotton wood log will soak up a lot of bullets. .45ACP Hornady XTP's just thud into it maybe 1.5" max.
     
  11. zstephens13

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    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. :)
     
  12. Claude Clay

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    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

    ...or not
     
  13. ForumSurfer

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    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:
     
  14. AC45ACP

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    Here Comes the Hate From the TREE HUGGER'S ;)
     
  15. wild cat mccane

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    Or Eagle Scouts respecting nature :)
     
  16. Red State

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    If its his tree on his property, I can think of a lot of good reasons to cut it down:

    firewood
    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.
     
  17. memphisjim

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    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
     
  18. VT Deer Hunter

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    WOW thats just cool!
     
  19. zstephens13

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    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.

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  20. Pilot

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    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:
     
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    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:
     
  22. Equestrian

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    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
     
  23. SaxonPig

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    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...
     
  24. x1wildone

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    depends on what was wrong with the dog
     
  25. joeq

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    It's his tree and he's not concerned. Do tree huggers only have synthetic stocks?
     
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