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Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Machete, Nov 2, 2006.

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  1. Machete

    Machete Member

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    Last year I was firing my friends 38 speacial into a dead stump. I was using some old target reloads, and one of the bullets bounced off the stump and hit me on the hand. It didn't really hurt too much. It just felt like someone threw it at me.
    Has anything like this ever happened to anyone here?
     
  2. SeanSw

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    .38 target loads are pretty light and it wouldn't be surprising at all to have a target wadcutter bounce off a stump of wood instead of penetrating it. It's probably best to shoot at something else, step further back, or double check your safety equipment before plinking at trees.

    I have had a few bullets come back my way with light .38 loads. Some came back from the berm and others came back from the junk I was shooting at. I think there is a point where using too light of a load is more dangerous than shooting standard loads.
     
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    I was in a bowling pin match a few years ago and had a bullet from my .45 hit a pin and come straight back and hit me in the chest. It was really weird in that I could see it on the way back, like in slow motion but so fast that I couldn't get out of the way. It hit me with enough force to make me take a couple steps back real fast.
     
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    Light wadcutter loads are primarily made for punching nice neat holes in paper. To use them for plinking at anything much harder than soda cans could be asking for trouble. (especially at close range.)
     
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    I was hit from .44 mag off a bowling pin at 20 yards. These were Hornady factory rounds that usually go through a pin. My friend didn't believe me until I showed him the still warm slug.
     
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