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What Are Bullet Casings Made Of?

No matter what you call them, empty cases, rounds, cartridges or just ammo, we are talking about the same thing. Some people refer to them as bullet cases, but what are “bullet” casings made of? Bullet casings (cartridges) are often made of brass (an alloy of copper and zinc) because it’s superior in handling the pressure of a gaseous expansion …

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What Is A Jacketed Bullet?

Jacketed ammunition, JHP, and FMJ are some of the terms you’ll come across at shooting ranges and target shooting competitions. But do you know what they mean, and if not, what is a jacketed bullet? A jacketed bullet is a bullet with a metal casing (jacket) covering the lead core. It may be covering the whole core or part of …

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How Does A Bullet Work? – Looking At The Journey

It’s common for those new to the wonders of the 2nd amendment to mix up firearm terminology. For instance, mixing up the words cartridge and bullet. A bullet is just one part of the cartridge. Other components play a significant role in the firing process. Along with early confusion, those new might wonder exactly how a bullet propels itself out …

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What Is A Hangfire (And What To Do?)

Hopefully, you never experience one, and the first time you hear the phrase might actually be when it happens to you. You may have heard it with casual range talk and wonder what everybody is talking about. So, in firearms talk, what exactly is a hang fire? A hangfire happens to any propellant ammunition and is the situation where there’s …

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What Is A Magnum Cartridge?

Magnum is a word that gets used a lot nowadays. Maybe in the champagne sense, but ever since Clint Eastwood popularized the word many just use it, especially if they don’t have proficient firearm knowledge. So, what is a magnum cartridge? A magnum cartridge is a slightly ‘beefed up’ standard cartridge. It normally has a moderately larger case which contains …

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Bullet Protection – Can You Use A Car As Cover?

Everyone loves a good action movie. Everyone likes the escapism, and pretty much everyone also knows they aren’t entirely realistic. At least the good ones aren’t. Blended in with the absurd action though are some scenes that seem completely sensible. How many action movies have you seen where either the main character or startled extras dive for cover behind a …

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What Is The Heaviest Grain 5.56 Bullet?

Along with the .223 Remington, the most popular chamber caliber for an AR 15 is the 5.56. Between these two they pretty much have the sporting rifle caliber contest sewn up. With much talk of twist rates, and bullet grain talk may occasionally broach the subject of what may be the heaviest rounds they fire. But what is the heaviest …

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The .44 Magnum Ballistics – What Happens With That Power?

If ever a specific firearm was associated with a fictional character you basically have two choices. James Bond with his Walther PPK and Dirty Harry with his 44 Magnum. While James Bond has his self styled lines (Bond,….James Bond), Dirty Harry also has his. Something about ‘…the most powerful handgun in the world’. You might have heard it. Well, it …

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The Ballistics Of A .44-40 Round – How Far Does It Shoot?

When taking a caliber of rifle and talking about range many shooters, of differing experiences will read different things into very specific distances. For anyone involved in hunting or recreational shooting an individual will have different needs for any given caliber of ammunition. While those wanting an increased range might choose the .308 Winchester or .30-06 Springfield, the .44-40 Winchester …

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What Is The Heaviest Grain 223 Bullet?

The .223 round is popular among AR rifle fans, as well as other semi-automatic rifles users. Along with 5.56, it makes a large proportion of most modern sporting rifle calibers. While bullet grain is an often talked about topic on the range, most barrels are made for a specific grain of round, sut what is the heaviest .223 grain bullet? …