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Old January 2, 2013, 12:36 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by BrokenBottles:
I didn't read all of the original post(I have to wake up for work in about 4hours and only slept 6 last night ) but I didn't notice anything about cavitation.
The damage that's caused by the shock wave of a bullet can be more deadly than the bullet itself given that the cavity created can be something like 30 times the diameter of bullet.
This true with rifle calibers.

However, handgun bullet don't produce the magnitude of cavitation that rifle bullets do (5-7 times caliber) and therefore lack the ability to exceed the tensile strength of most tissues they act upon failing to damage them.

With handgun calibers, only permanently crushed tissue (that which comes into direct contact with the bullet) matters.
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