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    Bullets Melting

    I was out foxing with a mate last night. We shot a fox with a 75 grain .243 ballistic tip which was pretty devastating!

    Anyway my mate tells me that the core of these bullets melts on firing due to friction making the bullet a copper bottle of molten lead!

    Is he talking bull and if he aint how does anyone know?

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    Look on the Nosler site, ballistic gel can tell you a lot!

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    I don't know, but my instinct is to call BS on this yarn.

    I think the devasating effects of a 75gr .243 bullet on a fox can probably be explained in terms of plain kinetics., unadorned with additional magic or mystery.

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    Have you asked your mate to calculate the energy transfer required to heat the lead from ambient to melting in the 1/1000 of a second it transits the barrel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barkingsnake View Post
    Have you asked your mate to calculate the energy transfer required to heat the lead from ambient to melting in the 1/1000 of a second it transits the barrel?
    No, he's a farmer no a physicist!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalua View Post
    I don't know, but my instinct is to call BS on this yarn.

    I think the devasating effects of a 75gr .243 bullet on a fox can probably be explained in terms of plain kinetics., unadorned with additional magic or mystery.
    Exactly my thoughts. Suerly if it were true a soft point would also melt. That would cause the bullet to lose its point and become a hollow point.

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    some very thin walled bullets have been known to blow up in flight when at max loads , but if a standard bt bullet and core got that hot ! would not the flight change as the core more towards the rear of jacket ! and start to yaw and pitch as its center of gravity moved and i never seen a blob of lead core within a carcass shining .
    could be wrong always learning

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    BS in my humble opinion

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    I think someone has been watching either Future weapons on sky, or he thinks he has one of those anti tank/shaped explosive charge thingys.

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    What a load of coblers. I think he's confusing bullets with shaped charges.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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