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What happens to bullets when they hit the ground?

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Re: What happens to bullets when they hit the ground?

Hello all, this is my first post. I just wanted to put my .02 in. I have shot in my parent's back yard/woods since I was a child. I had noticed several years ago that something "bounced" off of a tree that was behind my target. I was shooting a 9mm handgun. I assumed that the bullets were just going into the ground, but I found out very differently once I started examining the trees downrange. The trees were litteraly speckeled with bullet holes. Some fresh, some very old.
I agree that the angle of the shot has alot to do with it. Also, the ammo that I target practice in my 9mm are FMJs. These, I have found, do richochet quite a bit more than soft-nosed or hollow-point bullets.
After this revelation I have been much much more cognizant of what is downrange of my target. Even if my bullet contacts "soft dirt".
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