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Old July 16, 2012, 10:05 AM   #10
snuffy
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Join Date: May 20, 2001
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I defy anybody to fire a plated bullet or a totally encapsulated bullet from any gun WITHOUT causing it to break the "skin" or copper plate. Unless you fire it straight up and catch it before it hits the ground! Any plated bullet I've ever recovered is smashed so bad it's NOT intact.

As far as the theory that a plated bullet will explode, I have my doubts. Does liquid lead exert pressure in the liquid form as apposed to as a solid? It would be real easy to find out. Simply drop an intact, NEW plated bullet into a casting pot at casting temp, of course covering it so nothing bad happens.

Just about any metal expands when heated. Logically lead might exert enough pressure to crack the plating, then have enough force to squirt lead.

Next time I have the pot-hot, I'll try it to satisfy my own curiosity.
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