I agree! Only a moron would shoot a rifle in the air just to clear the barrel of a round to clean a weapon! God bless the little girls family! I realize the Amish believe things happen for a reason and a part of God's plan but still despite that they grieve like most of us. We have a lot of Amish here in Tennessee where I live and they are good people. Anyway back to the point! Unfortunately, it was a freak accident for sure. And I do believe that a modern muzzle loader with the modern powders and bullets could possibly travel a mile and a half. Taking into the consideration of the force of a falling round from a significant angle. The reason that I am basing my comment on is on the Sandy Hook Test that was conducted way back in 1879. The test done by Springfield Armory (Original Springfield Armory on the East Coast) on the 45-70 rifle caliber with the test being conducted by Mr. R T Hare of Springfield. Since a lot of the new muzzle loaders using the new powders and ammunition have a better ballistics factor than the old original 45-70 rounds mentioned I believe even though a freak accident it could have happened regarding the Amish girl. R T Hare fired the 45-70 Rifle with elevation at a 6ft. Target at 2500 yards. Hitting the target! Believe it or not his farthest hit ever accomplished by him with the 45-70 was 3200 Yards. Bottom line is he could do this with the older 45-70 which was loaded a lot lighter than some of our modern day 45-70 ammunition and the fact that some muzzle loader ammunition combinations are hotter than the original 45-70 loads of the time. Unfortunately it is possible! But the guy is still an idiot for shooting in the air to clear a weapon. Our hearts still go out to the family for the unnecessary loss of their daughter.
It is very simple! NO it is not. If firing to unload, it certainly should be done by firing it into the ground! Not the air! Or without the cap depending on the bullet used the bullet can be removed with the use of a remover on the tip of the rod and then the powder can be removed. Personally I would just shoot it into the ground at a safe location.
As much as I hate to say this the hole thing might have just been fate, the chances of the round traveling that far without hitting something else then hitting another person in the head while moving is one in a million. While tragic maybe god has other plans for her... I agree out of all the places that he could have fired his rifle he should have fired it into the ground, or even gone about other methods of unloading it.
I'm a guy that believes everything happens for a reason while we may not know it it's done for a reason. May she rest in peace and god have mercy on her soul.
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Possible? Of course. One in a quadrillion shot randomly at a moving taret that far away. Fate, for sure. Will a bullet kill at that range? Easily. Gravity pulls it to the ground the same on the way up as on the way down. Terminal velocity of 120mph? That is a falling human body. A bullet will easily exceed that velocity especially if it has any spin left to it to keep it nose forward.
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its a shame that this little girl paid for some morons bad decision with her life
i seen an episode on mythbusters about bullets fired into the air. what i remember was that if the muzzle of the gun your firing into the air,isnt exactly 90 deg. straight up,the bullet keeps its spin & will kill! but if the bullet is just free falling,it want kill,just hurt like hell.i think they had said the bullet dead falling to earth was like around 60mph?
Not saying it couldn't happen... but I don't think so. I really think there is going to be more on this before it is closed. Hawg, your comment about me reading history... do you know what the bullet drop is for a .58 loaded with a 480 grain mini and 60 grains of ffg is/was at 500 yards with the gun zero at 100? Over 500 inches! That's more then a 40 foot drop in just 500 yards! What do you think it is/was at 1000 yards! 1000 yard kill shots during the civil war were an accident. Some records indicate that there were over 150 shots fired for every one battle field casualty. If you sling enough lead around, sooner or later someone will get hurt.
I wonder if anyone ever could make a consistent 1000 yard shot with open sights using any gun.