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Old October 14, 2005, 07:59 PM   #1
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filing the tip off a FMJ

Well, can it be done? Would you get any results using one as a hunting round if you did?
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Old October 14, 2005, 08:10 PM   #2
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2 things wrong with this:

1. The bullet was never designed to be an expanding bullet, there's a good chance that the jecket material is too thick or hard to expand reliably.

2. Unless the bullet is fully jacketed, including the base, the lead core could squirt out of the jacket in the bore leaving the jacket behind as an obstruction to the next shot.
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Old October 14, 2005, 08:11 PM   #3
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NO, for a number of reasons.

First, it probably won't expand due to the thick jacket.
Sporting expanding ammo has a thinner jacket at the tip, and is specially made to expand.

Military full metal jacket ammo is specifically designed NOT to expand and the jacket is much thicker.

Second, cutting the tip off MAY cause the bullet to shed the jacket in the bore, leaving the jacket lodged in the barrel.
Guess what happens when the next shot is fired.

Third, bullets with cut tips seldom have any accuracy, and may even fail to stabilize at all.
Many times they'll hit the target sideways.

Fourth, bullets that may not shed the jacket in the bore, often do outside the barrel, and you'll find multiple hits on a target, often with the jacket hitting some distance away from the target.

Bottom line: Not smart, not safe, not effective, and not accurate.
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Old October 14, 2005, 08:17 PM   #4
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"Not smart, not safe, not effective, and not accurate."

Other than that, what is wrong with the idea?

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Old October 14, 2005, 08:25 PM   #5
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LOL. Well maybe not such a good idea then...
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Old October 14, 2005, 09:02 PM   #6
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Just buy some hollowpoints or softpoints. It's not worth it.
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Old October 14, 2005, 09:40 PM   #7
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Its a BAD idea. A friend of my fathers was hunting Himilayan Tahr in south westland new zealand and using .303 that had the tips cut off. The first round blew out the core and swaged the jacket into the barrel. The second round blew the rifle to pieces, and a junk of shrapnel hit the guy in the face, shettering his jaw bone. It was a 3 day walk out, unable to eat, and only able to drink cold water. Nasty. DUMB IDEA!!!!
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