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Old 08-13-2008, 11:23 PM
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Re: Terminal Ballistics Testing

I was thinking of using large elongated cardboard boxes lined with garbage bags and filled with water. Only problem is, you're not likely get more than one bullet per box of water, and a lot of water required.
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Old 08-14-2008, 12:11 AM
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I was thinking of using large elongated cardboard boxes lined with garbage bags and filled with water. Only problem is, you're not likely get more than one bullet per box of water, and a lot of water required.
When we did testing with water we used a 55 gal plastic barrel. We were doing pistol and rifle bullets. We achieved very poor performance with some bullets and contacted the manufacturer and was told that the plastic was a problem. I forget what was recommended but we have quit doing testing except on dead animals or live ones if I ever get lucky.

However the plate on that boar's shoulder was something I've never seen before. It was very thick and tough but was living tissue and nothing like the plastic barrel.

I'm wondering if scrap chap leather from the local saddle/chap shop would be a good front end.

Also if it were possible to rig a sealant, as the boar had (fat) which immediately sealed both entrance and exits except where there was a massive exit.

I've also been contemplating use auto oil Hell, I have everything else, I may as well have one of them there super fund sites.;)

Just had a major bolt of inspirationlight bulb I have some oil absorbent out of Canada. Its pretty cool stuff. Soaks up petroleum products and bio degrades it. After cleaning a spill I put the stuff in the compost pile and in a couple of years it goes on the garden.

I bet if I soaked the heck out of it with oil it would provide a pretty fair penetration test medium.

A hell of an idea. I'll do a small sample test in tomorrow. My huntin' vehicle needs an oil change anyway.

MontanaRifleman, thanks for the inspiration. You're a heck of a man. If this works it'll be more than reasonable for cost and reusable time and time again and eco friendly. Only problem will be retrieving the bullet.

Hmmmm, we'll see.
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Old 08-14-2008, 07:26 AM
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Re: Terminal Ballistics Testing

Has anybody tried the Bullet Test Tube, it's in the Sinclair catalog. Says it can be reused. Then they have a thing to put on the end of it capture the bullet as well. It doesn't look very large, might be a tough shot very far out.

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Old 08-14-2008, 09:17 AM
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Re: Terminal Ballistics Testing

Thanks Roy, as far as me being a heck of a guy, I know a few people who would vigorously debate you on that. But that oil soaking media sounds like a great idea. Will be real interested in the results.

The bullet test tube sounds like it might be a good for short and maybe medium range depending on easy/difficult it would be to hit. I was actually thinking of 6" or 8" PVC maybe 6 or 8 ft long.
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Old 08-14-2008, 07:56 PM
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Re: Terminal Ballistics Testing

The Bullet Test Tube might be useful for comparing bullets, but like water it won't correlate to tissue.....



Roy, OIL???? grin......
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:11 PM
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Re: Terminal Ballistics Testing

been there, done that with the PVC. Not so good...you end up with pvc everywhere and if it is too close range, it gets pretty violent. the first foot or better is trashed a 100 yrds. had to swith over to a piece of schedule 20 ss from work. it is 8" with some elongated holes plasmaed into the top to get rid of a little water pressure. plastic is taped on the opening, the pipe is secured to saw horses and filled with water. pretty inpressive when you drop the hammer on her.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:14 PM
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Yeah, I was wondering if the force would shatter it...maybe 200 yds???
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