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Old August 5, 2013, 07:11 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by spacecoast:
How much water (depth) does it take to stop a typical handgun bullet? A rifle?
IME, about two to three feet of water is all that is needed to stop most rifle and handgun JHPs, much less is needed if they fragment.

Originally Posted by spacecoast:
I'm interested in doing some expansion testing but don't know what to expect. Is shooting off a ladder into a 55 gal barrel sufficient to stop most everything so the bullet can be recovered without damage from the sides of the container?
If you are shooting JHPs that expand, the 55 gallon drum should be enough. If you are shooting FMJs or HCSWCs (especially at subsonic velocities) you run the risk of punching through the bottom of the drum.
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