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Crazycastor 04-22-2013 12:06 AM

bullet explodes coming out of barrel
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This has me worried. Today we took our guns out to the desert to sight them in. My father in law started first with his AR15 shooting at 25 yards. It shot two times and on the 3rd shot the bullet either exploded in flight or as it came out of the barrel. On the target you can see where the fragments hit the target. No he didn't hit the dirt in front of the target. He said it just sounded funny when he shot it. I checked out the barrel and ran a patch down it to see if any thing was left in the barrel but it came out clean. The empty brass didn't show any bad signs either. I've never seen this before so I'm posting pics of the target and the ammo. This was the only round that did this, the rest were fine. What do you guys think?

highpowerguy 04-22-2013 12:20 AM

Call federal and let them know what happened. They will probably ask you to send the ammo back to them. And they should send you a couple of boxes back in return for your trouble. This isn't as uncommon as you would think, we had a whole lot of hornady ammo do that at the small arms firing school a few years ago. Considering that the box says urban tactical ammo it is probably supposed to be frangable if the jackets were too thin in that lot a high twist rate will very easily make them come apart. Good thing you found out at the range instead of the house.

MattShlock 04-22-2013 12:37 AM

Hi speed with fast twist can do that -- bullets spin VERY fast. Especially a 55 gr. in a 1:7 twist. Over 300,000 rpm! Think about that. I am amazed they EVER stay in one piece.

Do let Federal know and don't buy any more. Post a thread here with the title of the name of that ammo so people can search and find it. It'll get someone killed it seems to me.

Crazycastor 04-22-2013 01:12 AM

They only problem with that is we shot all the other bullets that were in the same box. He does have about 300 more rounds of that brand though.

mrm14 04-22-2013 01:18 AM

Buy the BTHP target bullets and you will be fine. My brother has an AR-10 chambered in .243 Win. and it shreds plastic tip hunting type expansion bullets because the M.V. is high and the twist rate is tight.

Pasquanel 04-22-2013 01:21 AM

One bad bullet! It happens once in a great while.

jpattersonnh 04-22-2013 01:29 AM

As stated above, fast twist, fast velosity, light bullet= frag

Crazycastor 04-22-2013 02:32 AM

Next time around we won't be buying those bullets with the plastic tips but at the time it was the only ones we could find during the peak of the shortage.

Salvo 04-22-2013 03:09 AM

I shoot bullets with the plastic tips all of the time, have never had one come apart on me.

My .243 shoots the 58 grain Hornady V-Max at quite a clip, with no problems. - Much faster than any .223.

May have just been one of those things, a fluke.

Unless it happens again, I wouldn't worry about it.

Crazycastor 04-22-2013 03:25 AM

I think your right. I just can't imagine how a bullet can just go to pieces like that

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