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Frangible Sub-Sonic Ammunition

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Crazy Uncle Al Gore, Nov 6, 2006.

  1. Crazy Uncle Al Gore

    Crazy Uncle Al Gore New Member

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    I'm not sure what forum this should go in, but I'll ask you guys here because you guys are cool. :D Has anybody ever heard of frangible sub-sonic ammunition. I hope this isn't a stupid question :eek: :D
     
  2. CMcDermott

    CMcDermott Member

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    The brand name I am familiar with is the Glaser Safety slug ammo. They compress lead birdshot into a bullet jacket to form the bullet, it's supposed to come apart on hitting almost anything. There is a "silver" and a "blue", depending on what size of birdshot is used to form the bullet. This ammo is pretty expensive, and the bullets are not available for reloading.

    Some of the new non-toxic target ammo is supposed to have bullets that are formed from metal powder and disintigrates when it hits a solid backstop. I don't know much about this kind of ammo.
     
  3. toecutter

    toecutter Member

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    Depends what you mean by frangible subsonic.

    Most pistol ammo is subsonic, and available in frangible.

    As for rifle, subsonic ammo is something of an oddity and fairly uncommon. I've loaded some for friends who have suppressed rifles. But it presents a number of concerns which many are unfamiliar with. Using frangible bullets would not be adviseable since most frangibles are significantly lighter (for the same bullet volume) than thier lead counterparts. This will result in a very unstable bullet flightpath.
     

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