Its a long and torturous road to get to somewhere from nowhere being the first to try an idea. Painful too. Jabbed my thumb with a philips screw driver this afternoon! Problem was the screw driver was in a drill motor and the motor was running. Ouch! I dripped on my project.
Upgraded the media container. Local irrigation company had a piece of heavy plastic pipe. Was just a little long but close enough. Took a while scrounging stuff around the place to put it together.
The face is about 12" about the right size to take down range to even the 1K mark to do long range terminal testing.
The key is the media. This stuff is the cats meow. When mixed correctly water doesn't leak out of penetrations.
The pipe is rated @ 200 psi.
The first shot into it @ 200 yds, 161 gr @ 2599 MV penetrated 21" straight in. Performance was typical for a ballistic tip. Nothing but the jacket.
The jacket: Looks as if it may have tumbled.
The upgraded gizziodous to hold the media and not rupture on impact. Some 300 SMKs and Bergers are headed its way. Those things raise havoc with wet stuff.
Side view: Note the red trace. That hurt! Glad it wasn't my trigger thumb.
If ya can make tips, ya can make bullets. HA!!! Here's the machine. Yep, good old Harbor Freight. Took hours and hours to learn to then get it turning exactly true sufficient for bullet points. The Swiss Screw Machine fella I talked to about busted a gut laughing at me. He turns out those itty bitty eye glass arm screws by the thousands.
Bought it to prototype this project. Knew nothing about machining and lathe operation before I got this thing and still don't know much. Learn'd I'm really rotten with simple addition and subtraction. Hell, ya even have to divide by two. I'd rather do quadratics.
Oliveralan - the intent is to ensure the tips do what they are supposed to do then you get the tools to repoint your own purchased bullets of your choice. The whole idea is to get a high bc 270 cal bullet w/o having to go the custom bullet route for 160 class bullets. Wildcat bullets can do the 170 and 195 class bullets but they are a bit much for the 270 family of cartridges up to the WSM.