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Bullets flat from the side.

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Unread 08-03-2009, 12:34 AM
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Re: Bullets flat from the side.

Bullets are tumbling upon impact! I've seen this many times with different calibers at different velocities. The primary cause is the fact that the bullets are nice and pointy, the round nose of the 30-30 allows it to penetrate without tumbling. when they turn to the side just after impact they will flatten out every time.
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Unread 08-03-2009, 12:57 AM
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Re: Bullets flat from the side.

I have shot them into boards and the holes appear normal.

Looking back, I think they are flying pretty good actually... I only had the A-Max to compare accuracy with, so that is kinda like comparing apples to oranges.
And seeing that I still don't have a functional scope, I can't really trust any of my comparisons.
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Unread 08-03-2009, 10:44 AM
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Re: Bullets flat from the side.

I think Capdog had it right, long FMJ bullets tend to "yaw" on inpact. For this reason the Russians came up with a longer 5.45X39 round for their AK74 rifles. It has a hollow cavity that makes it have better terminal performance and larger wound channels.
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