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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by snuffy, Aug 25, 2011.

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  1. snuffy

    snuffy Member

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    Okay, what are these?

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    Other than the obvious answer "45 auto ammo"! What is that cap inserted in the HP of the bullet. I have a suspicion they're some sort of explosive, that cap is just that, a percussion cap.

    Got these from my nephew that was helping clean out a garage. He ran across a box of shells, and black powder loading stuff. There was one speer 45 shotshell, one hardball and one black talon HP.

    I will shoot them, try to hit a rock or something hard to see if they pop!:what::scrutiny::eek:
     
  2. JohnD13

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    Looks like a primer set into the hollow point. A homemade exploding bullet? Back in the early 1900's they made a dangerous game load, like an 8 bore, that had a .38 cartridge in the nose. Supposedly that would explode the bullet after poking a hole in your elephant.
     
  3. scramasax

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    In the 80's there were several companies making "exploding" bullits. I've got some around here somewhere. Has to hit a hard surface to work reliably.

    Cheers,

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  4. snuffy

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    I believe they are factory rounds. The red primer sealant is visible on the edge of the primer.

    I just weighed the factory hardball,(which SHOULD be 230 grains), the difference is 13 grains lighter for the mystery round. That makes it a 217 grain bullet.

    It does look to be the same size as the large pistol primer in the loaded round. One thing for sure, I'm NOT going to fool around to try to pull the bullet. I kinda like my fingers where they are!:D
     
  5. Shadow 7D

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    someone having fun, yeah those are up there with the 'mercury' bullets
    shoot some ballistic gel or send them to BOX-O-TRUTH
    actually send them to box o truth, and have them test them, it would be fun, and they'll write it up and post it for you
     
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    I know they are illegal to hunt with or carry as SD in most if not all states but I'm not sure about just to have or shoot for fun. I've heard of stories where they blow up guns but that seems a bit impractical to me. I still wouldn't shoot them because who knows what is inside of them. Put a ear plug in you puller & tear them down.
     
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    Devastators. Sold in the 80s, I had some in 9mm. Primer with a small charge of powder in the hollow point cavity. Made interesting holes in wet newspaper, but I do not know of any that were used in a human.
     
  8. Shadow 7D

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    Yes you do
    Regan was shot with one
    his assassin used a .22 revolver loaded with devastators
     
  9. snuffy

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    Just have to know what to ask the internet!

    http://www.firequest.com/DV45.html

    Looks like it's still being made, can still get it. I'll go ahead with shooting it in my 45 SA auto, one-at-a-time. There's some that say striking the feed ramp might set one off.
     
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    Go ahead snuff and let us know how they act! I won't be ordering any.
     
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    The feed ramp would be my concern. The bullet nose shape "looks like" it wouldn't set it off. Tell us how they shoot.:D:evil::what::uhoh::eek:
     
  12. armoredman

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    In that case Shadow, we know they suck. :) I have never seen a 22lr version, the ones I saw were 9 and 45, with just small pistol primer and gunpowder of some kind behind it, (this was before 40, and 41 AE was the up and comer), and they didn't have that lurid packaging
     
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    Pricey stuff, those Devastator rounds.:eek:
     
  15. Shadow 7D

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    From Wikipedia 'Reagan Assassination'
     
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