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Why Do Some Reloads Make Oblong Holes In The Target?

  
  

Yesterday I was at the range shooting zombies with my friend. During a pause in the shooting, another shooter called us over to look at his target. The target was set at distance of 20 feet and the bullet holes in the paper were oblong shaped and not circular like normal bullet holes should be.

 

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He Was Shooting Store Bought Reloads

He was shooting 45 caliber reloads with round nose lead bullets. He purchased the reloads at a local reloading shop. He asked why the holes in the target were odd shaped (elongated) and not circular like they should be.

A while back, the same thing happened to us. We were curious as well and looked at the following for possible causes.

  1. Type and thickness of the target paper.

  2. Distance the bullet traveled.

  3. Whether the 2" rubber backstop behind the paper was in good shape or if it was "blown out" and not supportive.

  4. Type of bullet and powder.

  5. Insufficient powder charge.

 

OUR BEST GUESS - The reloads that he was shooting were under powered and caused the bullet to tumble before it hit the target.

Note - The shop where he purchased the reloads was known to us. They are inexpensive reloads and are sometimes underpowered. Others who purchased reloads from them in the past had their bullets "bounce back" from hitting the target's rubber backstop. We were there when this happened and picked up the ricochets from around our feet. One of them hit my stall a few feet away from me.

 

Anybody else have a better explanation?


 

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Mike Coviello is a former aerospace engineer, now Web Designer/SEO Consultant. Hobbies include shooting zombies & reloading ammunition.
 


 

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