Re: Exploding Prairie Dogs.....
I had the opportunity to eat lunch with a few folks some years ago that know more about bullets than i ever will. Lones Wigger, and T.D. Smith among them. The topic was raised concerning how a bullet (the vmax in particular) can cause the devistation they do on small critters. What followed was a complicated discusion that i left from understanding that one of the major factors in these types of things is the rotational forces the bullet experences once it begins to expand, and is no longer (relatively ) concentric. Just some food for thought.
a bullet fired at 4000FPS, from a 1:10 twist barrel is turing 288,000RPM at the muzzle. Im not sure how much force that generates when you have a small section of jacket and core pushed... say... .01" off center, but i know its enough to turn a pretty solid piece of metal into tiny flakes, and dust.