Shooting water Jugs For Fun

35 Whelen

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I shot some water jugs today just for fun. I shot the 30-06 with factory Remington 220gr. soft points and the 35 Whelen hand loads with Speer 220gr. flat points an 59gr. RL-15. I had 3 rows of 6 milk jugs. The 30-06 bullet went downward out the back bottom of third jug and stopped 1" in the ground. It split the first jug in half and put a split in one of the side jugs. I had to shot the 35 Whelen twice. The first shot went straight through all six jugs, small hole out the back but I did not find the bullet. The second 35 Whelen shot I found the bullet in the sixth jug, it had punched a hole in the back of the sixth one but did not exit. With both shots with the 35W the first jug was blown into three and four pieces, the second jug in half. Not long range only 25 yards but a fun quick shoot. All ways fun pulling a trigger. :)

Here is the pictures of the bullets. The left is the 35 Whelen, Speer 220gr. flat point, and the right is the 30-06 Remington core-lokt 220gr. soft point.
 

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35 Whelen

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That sounds like fun. I've only used one jug at a time.
It is a lot of fun. I have done it at 100 yards with the 270 Win. and 30-06, 150gr. bullets in both. I only had on row and the 270 went out the side so I did not get it. The 30-06 came a part, just pieces left in the 4th jug. The 270 came out the side of the 4th jug.
 

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I've done something similar in the past. Taped several phone books together to determine shotgun slug deformation and weight retention. Certainly a lot of fun.
 

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With food coloring in the snow is great, just make sure to be safe have fun and take your jugs home. We use water bottles and any other jugs it’s fun coloring for kids.
 

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Yes it is fun. I am able to do most of the shooting I want on my property so cleaning up the trash is fairly easy as I don't have to go to far with it.
I did use food coloring once with my son, it do add a nice splash of color to it. :)
 

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June 25, 2005

101 water filled milk jugs were blasted. That's all that would fit into the back of my short bed Chevy. Valid or not, it was fun. I got the idea from Cliff who does one or two occasionally. I decided to spend the whole day doing it.


The following came from Cliff's info. The 25-06 Improved launched a 100
Barnes X at 3,600 and stopped in the sixth water jug. Its weight was 82
grains. From the same rifle shooting the same load into a five point bull
elk, the recovered bullet weighed 82 grains. It entered the left part of the
south end of the north bound elk and was found in front of the right
shoulder. Talk about real world performance! WOW!


Following are the results from Saturday, June 25, 2005 of the one gallon milk jugs filled with water. We set up a 2X6 purchased on the way on some 1X4 legs. In front of that was the Oehler 33, and in front of that was yours truly.

.224 60 grain Solid Base at 3,120. (.223 Rem) In the forth jug. Weighted 13 grains, just the base with a little lead. Took four shots to capture or find one. And yet three shots at deer all exited. The funnest was one shot with the .223 60 grain solid base. Drop at the shot from 222 yards in the woods. Entered at the top of the sternum and exited in front of the diaphragm. I was about 100 feet above it.

.224 60 grain Nosler Partition at 3,118. (.223 Rem) In the forth jug. Weighted 44 grains.

.224 60 grain Nosler Partition at 3,407. (.22-250 Rem) In the sixth jug, but damaged the skin of the seventh. Weighed 44 grains. Notice 50% more penetration with about 10% more velocity.

.224 70 grain Spear 3,438 in the 3rd. Shot again. Same thing. Weighed about 12 grains in flat disc shape. And yet these will go clear through a deer broadside.

.257 100 grain Barnes TTSX 3,520 out the back of the eighth jug. Found three petals in the fifth jug. Lost the bullet in the weeds under the 2X6. Fired again and the bullet went out the back of the sixth at the side and missed the seventh jug.

.308 180 Nosler Partition at 3,112 punctured the skin in the back of the sixth. Weight is 119 grains.

.308 150 Barnes X 3,458 in the sixth 112 grains. This and the .257 above shows why lighter mono-metal bullets are catching on. Same terminal performance with noticeably less recoil. (I have a recoil slide.)

7MM 140 Nosler Partition 3,591. Out the back side of the fifth next one was in the sixth. 92 grains.

7MM 130 G.S.Custom (mono metal) 3,642 in the sixth. Notice this is after a .300 Weatherby. And yet the down pressure of the "wound channel" broke the front 1X4 leg. 88 grains. Put the 2X6 on some 4X4's on the ground. Again we see the solid copper showing why lighter is catching on.

.454 Casull 260 Freedom Arms 1,925 out the side back of the eighth. Shot again out the side back of ninth and damaged the side of the tenth. First five jugs were destroyed. I will use this on my bison hunt in November, if the Lord wills. (The Lord didn't will. I lost my job.) I did shoot through a log to get a buck, though. Second funnest deer I can remember.

.375 300 Nosler Partition (.375-.416 Rem) 2,925 in the seventh. Will take this as back up on the bison hunt. One weighed 232 the other 204.

.375 260 Nosler Partition 2,976 (.375-.416 Rem)in seventh weighed 190

.375 260 Nosler Accubond 2,982 (.375-.416 Rem) in the sixth weighed 160

.375 265 G.S. Custom 3,044 (.375-.416 Rem) out the back side of the seventh. It was laying between the seventh and eighth and weighed 196. Despite this one weighing less than the 300 Nosler, it broke the new Doug Fir 2X6 which was purchased for this project. It produced a spectacular photo. The jugs after the whiteness of the first few are all in a row with a little water squirting out their tops. What makes it so fun is the 2X6 is gone! It was blasted downward clear out of the photo by the water trying to get away from the "wound channel". I don't have any more or they would be going on the buffalo hunt.

John Lachuck (gun writer) photoed every shot, John Ludden (son-in-law) read the Oehler 33 and yours truly shooting big stuff without getting thumped because I use muzzle brakes on everything.
 

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I shot some new bullets from Fury Bullets here in MI out of my .357 Max and pretty impressive performance of that bullet. Dennis of Fury Bullets custom made some 190 grain and boy do they shoot well!20170926..35Cal.190gr.Fury.Jug.Test.jpg
 

35 Whelen

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June 25, 2005

101 water filled milk jugs were blasted. That's all that would fit into the back of my short bed Chevy. Valid or not, it was fun. I got the idea from Cliff who does one or two occasionally. I decided to spend the whole day doing it.


The following came from Cliff's info. The 25-06 Improved launched a 100
Barnes X at 3,600 and stopped in the sixth water jug. Its weight was 82
grains. From the same rifle shooting the same load into a five point bull
elk, the recovered bullet weighed 82 grains. It entered the left part of the
south end of the north bound elk and was found in front of the right
shoulder. Talk about real world performance! WOW!


Following are the results from Saturday, June 25, 2005 of the one gallon milk jugs filled with water. We set up a 2X6 purchased on the way on some 1X4 legs. In front of that was the Oehler 33, and in front of that was yours truly.

.224 60 grain Solid Base at 3,120. (.223 Rem) In the forth jug. Weighted 13 grains, just the base with a little lead. Took four shots to capture or find one. And yet three shots at deer all exited. The funnest was one shot with the .223 60 grain solid base. Drop at the shot from 222 yards in the woods. Entered at the top of the sternum and exited in front of the diaphragm. I was about 100 feet above it.

.224 60 grain Nosler Partition at 3,118. (.223 Rem) In the forth jug. Weighted 44 grains.

.224 60 grain Nosler Partition at 3,407. (.22-250 Rem) In the sixth jug, but damaged the skin of the seventh. Weighed 44 grains. Notice 50% more penetration with about 10% more velocity.

.224 70 grain Spear 3,438 in the 3rd. Shot again. Same thing. Weighed about 12 grains in flat disc shape. And yet these will go clear through a deer broadside.

.257 100 grain Barnes TTSX 3,520 out the back of the eighth jug. Found three petals in the fifth jug. Lost the bullet in the weeds under the 2X6. Fired again and the bullet went out the back of the sixth at the side and missed the seventh jug.

.308 180 Nosler Partition at 3,112 punctured the skin in the back of the sixth. Weight is 119 grains.

.308 150 Barnes X 3,458 in the sixth 112 grains. This and the .257 above shows why lighter mono-metal bullets are catching on. Same terminal performance with noticeably less recoil. (I have a recoil slide.)

7MM 140 Nosler Partition 3,591. Out the back side of the fifth next one was in the sixth. 92 grains.

7MM 130 G.S.Custom (mono metal) 3,642 in the sixth. Notice this is after a .300 Weatherby. And yet the down pressure of the "wound channel" broke the front 1X4 leg. 88 grains. Put the 2X6 on some 4X4's on the ground. Again we see the solid copper showing why lighter is catching on.

.454 Casull 260 Freedom Arms 1,925 out the side back of the eighth. Shot again out the side back of ninth and damaged the side of the tenth. First five jugs were destroyed. I will use this on my bison hunt in November, if the Lord wills. (The Lord didn't will. I lost my job.) I did shoot through a log to get a buck, though. Second funnest deer I can remember.

.375 300 Nosler Partition (.375-.416 Rem) 2,925 in the seventh. Will take this as back up on the bison hunt. One weighed 232 the other 204.

.375 260 Nosler Partition 2,976 (.375-.416 Rem)in seventh weighed 190

.375 260 Nosler Accubond 2,982 (.375-.416 Rem) in the sixth weighed 160

.375 265 G.S. Custom 3,044 (.375-.416 Rem) out the back side of the seventh. It was laying between the seventh and eighth and weighed 196. Despite this one weighing less than the 300 Nosler, it broke the new Doug Fir 2X6 which was purchased for this project. It produced a spectacular photo. The jugs after the whiteness of the first few are all in a row with a little water squirting out their tops. What makes it so fun is the 2X6 is gone! It was blasted downward clear out of the photo by the water trying to get away from the "wound channel". I don't have any more or they would be going on the buffalo hunt.

John Lachuck (gun writer) photoed every shot, John Ludden (son-in-law) read the Oehler 33 and yours truly shooting big stuff without getting thumped because I use muzzle brakes on everything.
That's a lot of good info, I bet it was a lot of fun.
Most That I have talk to that use or have used monos say using lighter bullets helps minimizing meat loss.
One day I hope to try some Hammer bullets, I have heard a lot good about them.
 

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I been using them for a few years now. I may have been one of if not the first customer. You know, new thing have to be tried. :)

I can hardly believe their customer service. When I wanted some bullets for a wildcat .375 with a 16 twist Steve actually made a 248 grain pointy bullet and sent it to be to see if I like it. I have an 8mm wildcat on the way (should be here in about a month). I called Steve. Again he made a new pointy 200 grain bullet for me. Try to get that type of service with anyone else.
 

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