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Old September 30, 2012, 08:14 PM   #3
mySig229
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Check out mythbusters...they had a special about this very subject.

As long as you're firing "UP" not at an angle...it's technically perfectly safe.

They tested a lot of calibers. Basically once the bullet slows to a stop and begins to fall...it no longer is spinning, but tumbling down. Even with large calibers the terminal velocity of a tumbling down round is not enough to kill. It would hurt like a SOB if you got hit with one...but not fatal.

They set up a nail gun to shoot pennies at the terminal velocity of the rounds, and shot it at their hands from 2-3 feet. It hurt...but, didn't even break the skin.

I've shot 410's up in wooded areas...cool sound of buckshot falling through the trees
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