Re: Unusual phenomenon from a high speed bullet
Yeah,LOL, eliminating those range aliens has always been a problem for me. They cause flyers, inexplicably large groups, misfires, blown primers (the fact that I was pushing a 50 grain bullet over 4500ft/sec had nothing to do with that)cases that either won't come out or come out in fifteen pieces, destroy perfectly good throats that have had only 4000 rounds through them, and a host of other bothersome problems. I hope I killed 20 of them. I asked a jet pilot who happened to be my neighbor and he said they get the same phenomena with whole airplanes when atmospheric condition are right as RTK mentioned, and airspeed was in sync with those conditions. He said it was nothing you could feel (which semi-explains why I still got good groups), or even see because it was caused BEHIND you and was not something you could see yourself go through. It was usually confirmed by a pilot flying back of the affecting airplane. So, unless someone expert in these sorts of things has something to add, we will leave it behind as an interesting day. It was, I assume, a ball of water vapor caused by the bullet building up pressure in the air to the point where that pressure compressed the water vapor in the very nearby area to the point of being visible for just a flash, and it apparently occurred just behind a very high speed bullet and did not affect it's flight. According to my pilot friend, who was a test pilot for the military and can and has flown everything the military has produced, my incident is somewhat related to the reason that a jet airplane has to have either slanted or very short wings that will guarantee that the aircraft is completely inside of the cone of air pressure built up by the high speed of at least a mach one airplane just before it breaks the sound barrier. I think I got that explanation right, but if not, I am sure someone with experience flying mach one or faster aircraft will correct me. And any correction would be most welcome. Thanks to all who responded. One side note: if you are looking to build a barrel-burning wildcat, the .257 STW is fast, very flat shooting, low recoil, and very, very accurate with a number of loads. Behind my faithful 300 Win mag Sendero, my .257 is my favorite rifle, and I have taken a significant number of deer with it, some it very long ranges.