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modified ammo question
« on: February 23, 2004, 07:35:53 AM »
when i was younger i used to take .22lr and cut an -X- in the head of the bullet with a razor blade wich kinda gave it  a hollow point effect.

i know it would be more difficult to cut say a S&B 7.62x25 tokarov wich has a metal jacket but do you guys think it would improve ballistics at all?

i would think it would give the round more of a chance to dump energy if it were to rip apart upon penetration,though it mite screw up accuracy.

any thoughts?

Offline skucera

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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2004, 10:31:13 AM »
Cutting an X in the top of lead bullets goes back at least to the days of the Wild West, and perhaps to the Civil War.  I've never heard of anyone doing that will FMJ bullets.  The experiment should be cheap enough... the cost of a single round.  If it doesn't work out, just throw it away.

That said, be sure that scoring the top of your FMJ round doesnt' deform the bullet's circumfrence.  You don't want to risk increasing chamber pressures any higher than they already are.


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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2004, 04:05:14 PM »
I suspect you'll find accuracy might be a thing of the past. I knew a few guys back in my school days that would do they same trick with 30-30 on up to more powerful rounds. Seems a few rounds ended up tumbling in flight.

Most of the 7.62X25 I've shot had fairly heavy jackets so I doubt there will be that much difference.

Still would be interesting to try with someone elses gun and ammo.

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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2004, 07:21:20 PM »
Same trick my dad always used.