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Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by BudW, Feb 11, 2012.
How do they work? are they more likely to cause a fire than a regular round?
Tracers bullets have the base of the bullet hollowed out and filled with a flamible compound. When the gun is fired, the burning powder ignites this compound. The compound is slow burning and burns brightly. And yes the tracers have a reputation for setting many fires and being hard on barrels.
Depending on the round, the tracer will burn out to 400-800 meters. In flight the bullet has a tail of VERY hot flame extending a couple of feet behind the bullet.
Smokey the Bear must have a wanted poster out for me, I have flamed so many military firing ranges (Hey- 8 belt fed guns on the line, firing 5-1 ball tracer, or APIT, that is a LOT of flame.
However- OUR ranges were constructed in the expectation that we WOULD set them alight- firebreaks plowed around permimeters, limited combustibles, etc. YOUR shooting area may not have that, and under State law, if YOU start a fire, YOU are responsible for damage, AND the cost of putting it out.
3 years ago, had to do a tech investigation of a boo-boo involving a munition that went beyond expected boundaries of a test area. Total $$$- 2.5 million for putting out fire. $5 million for the ranches that were burned down.
Want to watch some tracers ? This is what we do.