7 thoughts on “Bullet Holes”

  1. Lazlo is very incorrect, as 9mm is 0.3543″, or 35 caliber. 45 caliber is, of course, 0.45″ (the bullet is usually 0.454″ in diameter)

  2. I should also add the exit hole is a function of the velocity of the bullet, the type of bullet (how it’s constructed and off what kind of material) and what type of material or materials it travels thru, and what order the bullet encounters those materials. Their “exit hole” picture is actually pretty meaningless, except in the generallity that exit holes are typically larger than entry holes.

  3. It scares me about how much you people know about this.

    So many constructive things to know about, but all y’all know about this.

    Kinda weird when you think about it.

    • Oh, it’s actually rather fascinating. One of the things we all need to know about is a bullet’s ability (well, cartridge – bullet + powder load) to penetrate. At some point, in an urban environment, over-penetration risks our neighbors. We want to go into the chest and stay there. While causing as much trauma as possible.

      That’s why when friends ask me what gun to buy, after a mild attempt to argue them down (“I’m going to play golf next week. What club should I buy?”), I always recommend a pump shotgun with birdshot. Maximum damage at inside-the-house ranges with limited outside-the-house damage.

      The downside is a bad guy on drugs with heavy jacket/clothing. It sometimes takes serious weaponry to take such a person down. .223 or such.


      • This is why ‘The Judge’ types are selling so well [if you don’t live in CommieFornya]. 3 .410 followed by 3 .45LC if he hasn’t gotten the hint to fall down or run away.

        If that is too big for a small hand, .22WSM with proper loads will do a lot to the inner area of a bad guy with little recoil.

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