Lead in the pool
This is a discussion on Pool Shooting within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I was thinking about firing some rounds into my full swimming pool (without swimmers) so I could easily retrieve the expanded bullet. Does anyone know ...
I was thinking about firing some rounds into my full swimming pool (without swimmers) so I could easily retrieve the expanded bullet. Does anyone know of a reason not to do this?
I have a gunite pool that is 8 feet at deep end, 3 feet at shallow.
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I don't know of a reason not to...but...if it did not work and punched a hole in the pool, that would be kinda costly.
Is there a reason you need to do ballistics tests? Are you checking on a local murder or something.
Go for it, that is one way to keep people from peeing in your pool!!!
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If you do it while your daughter's new boyfriend is over, combine it with a lot of swearing and a phony story about the last boyfriend...could be very effective.
Good luck with the testing!
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I see no reason it shouldnt work. Would be fun not to have to load up four new milk jugs with water each time you shoot!
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The episode of mythbusters I saw, every round they fired into the pool exploded into many pieces. IIRC the rounds did not go more than a few feet. They even fired a few 50 Cal. rounds that exploded on impact with the water.
I WOULD NOT recommend shooting a pistol into your pool. As you can see from the results above, at seven feet, the bullet completely penetrated a block of ballistic gelatin and went into the block 1/2" at 8 feet. I'd think you have a real chance of damaging your pool with a pistol cartridge.Water tank tests
They built a 'ballistic tank' out of 1" thick acrylic and iron girders. They stuck a block of ballistics gel into the tank that could be raised up and down to different depths.
* 9mm @ 6ft: the bullet went straight through the ballistic gel -- fatal
* 9mm @ 7ft: the bullet went straight through again -- fatal
* 9mm @ 8ft: the bullet only went 1/2" into the gel -- non-fatal
Jokes aside, do you live in the city limits? If you do, you should find out if your city or town has an ordinance prohibiting discharge of firearms within city limits.
Even with state pre-emption laws in place (I'm assuming Texas has one), municipalities generally retain the right to regulate the discharge of firearms.
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Since you say expanded bullet I'll assume you mean JHP. At the gunshop we fill a 5 gallon bucket with packed newspaper and a few drops of soap and fill it with water. When it all soaks in, fill it again until you are sure it's saturated. It will contain all but the most powerful JHPs (think .454, .460, and .50AE class) in a neat, easy to recover package. If you need to test something bigger, you can stack two buckets. Some FMJ will make it close to the bottom and occasionally a round that fragments will let a small piece exit the side of the bucket, so it's only safe to do where a worst-case bullet will do no damage exiting. I think it's a safer and cleaner option than the pool.
I live in the country, I shoot right out my back door frequently.
I really cannot believe the 8 foot depth, if that were the case it would take more than 8 milk jugs in the above ground testing.
We don't drink the pool water, so lead poisoning is not a concern.
I would like to see the expansion on several different rounds. I planned on shooting 9mm if I decided to try this test. I even was thinking about placing an underwater video to capture the underwater portion.
Thanks for the info.
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I have a pond I could shoot into but would never be able to find the bullet.
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