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Battered Bullets: Does bullet setback matter?

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Battered Bullets: Does bullet setback matter?

I’ve done experiments for almost as long as I can remember, some of them quite mundane and others definitely fall in the outside the box category. Several of those unorthodox trials I’ve never made public, either because nothing of value was learned, or because I decided to compile their results over a long period of time before releasing the data.

One series of experiments I’ve done that falls into that unorthodox category relates to how, why, and what makes guns blow up. We’ve all seen photographs of exploded firearms and the bloodied hands or even faces that can result when things go “kaboom,” or there is a catastrophic failure of a firearm or the ammo it fires. As you might expect, a lot of shooters exercise an overabundance of caution relating to any ammo that “doesn’t look quite right” to them – even going so far as to discard cases with tiny dents in them, for fear of causing an explosion.

I don’t blame those cautious shooters. It’s always a good idea to err on the side of caution when working with items that contain 1,000 times more pressure than a car tire. However, it’s also a good idea to know what can really cause a catastrophic failure. My experimentation and testing has shown to me that a lot of the common knowledge related to this topic is entirely wrong.

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