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Old December 17, 2009, 12:56 PM   #1
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Would a hollow point bullet expand at all if you held the pistol to your head?

Just curious. Frustrated co-worker was joking about shooting himself, and said something about making sure it was a hollow point, and I replied that it wouldn't expand at all. Am I right or wrong?
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Old December 17, 2009, 01:05 PM   #2
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Is this a trick question just to see if there is any intelligent life in this forum?
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Old December 17, 2009, 01:07 PM   #3
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Is this a trick question just to see if there is any intelligent life in this forum?
No.
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Old December 17, 2009, 01:16 PM   #4
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It would expand just fine. It's not like it needs a running start outside the barrel.

Your coworker should seek professional help.
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Old December 17, 2009, 01:38 PM   #5
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What Tamara said.

The expansion of a hollow point bullet depends on its velocity when it hits the target: higher velocity = more expansion. The bullet is going fastest right when it leaves the barrel of the gun (which is why people talk about "muzzle velocity" when comparing guns or loads); it slows down after that, so...

And yes, your co-worker needs counseling, or perhaps a different job.
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Old December 17, 2009, 01:42 PM   #6
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I would steer clear of that co-worker.
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Old December 17, 2009, 01:49 PM   #7
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No bullet needed for major damage at that range.

Look up actor Jon-Erik Hexum's demise.
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Old December 17, 2009, 03:59 PM   #8
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Remarks like that should not be taken lightly. He needs to get help and a superviser needs to be informed. Statements like that can often be that person reaching out. Christmas time has a high suicide rate as well. Be careful.
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Old December 17, 2009, 04:50 PM   #9
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Dude, this is kind of a creepy thread...
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Old December 17, 2009, 04:58 PM   #10
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No bullet needed for major damage at that range.
True that. Although not every time. I remember a news story of a kid who shot himself in the face with a .25 in an attempt to end his life and lived. Also look up the suicide of Merriwether Lewis.
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Old December 17, 2009, 05:45 PM   #11
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I have seen first hand a guy shot in the left temple with a .22 using a hollow point. No exit and he was dead, he was my step brother, a bad scene altogether.

Better let his loved ones know so they can try to help him, I wish I had a heads up, things might be different today.
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Old December 17, 2009, 05:46 PM   #12
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Don't turn your back on that guy and set closest to the exit with your back to the wall.
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Old December 17, 2009, 05:55 PM   #13
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Yes, it would expand. Look at some of the tests people do shooting water jugs, the bullet starts to expand right away.
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Old December 17, 2009, 06:18 PM   #14
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Old December 17, 2009, 06:21 PM   #15
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'Looks like we've answered the question, Yes it probably would expand. No, it doesn't make any difference at that range.

I'm thinking this topic can't stay on firearms and for that matter who would expect it to do so.

So, we're closed here.
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