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?
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.
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.
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