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#5847386 - 07/25/15 12:18 AM I found the .45 projectiles I shot on the ground at the target
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Was shooting steel plates at 60-70 yards today and found several nearly perfect projectiles on the ground under the target. Would these most likely have hit the plate but had so little energy they simply barely bounced off, or did they just run out of gas and fall in the dirt? They weren't completely round. Just curious as to what likely happened.

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#5847404 - 07/25/15 02:25 AM Re: I found the .45 projectiles I shot on the ground at the target [Re: tenyearsgone]
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Are you sure they are yours?
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#5847476 - 07/25/15 07:30 AM Re: I found the .45 projectiles I shot on the ground at the target [Re: tenyearsgone]
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.45 ACP?
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#5847547 - 07/25/15 08:31 AM Re: I found the .45 projectiles I shot on the ground at the target [Re: tenyearsgone]
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I believe it.

A friend and I were shooting in a near empty tank. We found plenty of the bulletslater in near perfect condition. 40 SW and 9mm

I've also seen a 40 S&W slug on an X-ray that looked like I could use it again. And that was inside a person.

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#5847561 - 07/25/15 08:42 AM Re: I found the .45 projectiles I shot on the ground at the target [Re: tenyearsgone]
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I've found many, many .45 caliber FMJs on the ground that looked like they hadn't been shot except for the rifling marks. They don't leave the muzzle very fast to begin with (about 830 fps) and they shed velocity quickly, plus, their construction doesn't lend much to terminal deformation.
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#5847648 - 07/25/15 09:58 AM Re: I found the .45 projectiles I shot on the ground at the target [Re: tenyearsgone]
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Yup, we find them all the time on our range at the ranch.
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#5847652 - 07/25/15 10:03 AM Re: I found the .45 projectiles I shot on the ground at the target [Re: tenyearsgone]
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Trust me, you still would not want to be on the receiving end, even of one of those
intact bullets at 70 yards.

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#5848130 - 07/25/15 07:01 PM Re: I found the .45 projectiles I shot on the ground at the target [Re: tenyearsgone]
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Oh, they hurt but they're jacketed and generally slow.
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#5848172 - 07/25/15 07:35 PM Re: I found the .45 projectiles I shot on the ground at the target [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
.45 ACP?


Yes.

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#5848475 - 07/25/15 11:30 PM Re: I found the .45 projectiles I shot on the ground at the target [Re: tenyearsgone]
rrflyer Offline
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Those are your misses... Or previous misses that have washed out of the dirt.

At 60/70 yards those bullets still flatten and brake up.

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#5848519 - 07/26/15 03:25 AM Re: I found the .45 projectiles I shot on the ground at the target [Re: tenyearsgone]
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Never shot there before.

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#5848643 - 07/26/15 08:36 AM Re: I found the .45 projectiles I shot on the ground at the target [Re: tenyearsgone]
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Have seen 45ACP bullets bounce back 15 yards off a dead liveoak stump. They were hitting the ground between the stump and the shooters feet. A few of them had little flattened spots but all other than the rifling marks looked like they could be reloaded and shot again. Those were 230gr ball ammo.
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#5848680 - 07/26/15 08:55 AM Re: I found the .45 projectiles I shot on the ground at the target [Re: tenyearsgone]
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Run the external ballistics on them and see how much energy they have beyond 60 yards. It bet on paper it isn't much, but I wouldn't want to be hit with one.

I've never thought to look for the ballistic coefficient of a 230 gr. .45
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#5848731 - 07/26/15 09:26 AM Re: I found the .45 projectiles I shot on the ground at the target [Re: tenyearsgone]
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.188 for some hornady xtp

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#5848733 - 07/26/15 09:27 AM Re: I found the .45 projectiles I shot on the ground at the target [Re: tenyearsgone]
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It is more than one might think, with a BC of .183 for a 230gr FMJ.



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