Jacketed Bullet Question

Jacketed Bullet Question

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    Question Jacketed Bullet Question

    I'm thinking about joining a shooting club which is about 3/4 mile from my house. One of the rules is "Jacketed bullets are NOT permitted. Since I've only been shooting for less than a year, it seems like the only bullets I buy have some sort of jacket on them. Is there some sort of special bullet I need to buy? I shoot .380, 9mm, .40, and .45.


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    They must be shooting at steel targets.
    Jacketed bullets are not used because they tend to break apart and sometimes ricochet back and hit you.

    Not a problem really as you can still buy lead bullets in semi wadcutter, wadcutter or round nose. The good thing is, lead bullets are usually cheaper to shoot. Even lead sometimes splatters back, but they usually wont cut you and draw blood like a sharp jacket will.
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    We use steel targets on the training ranges & keep all of our staplers/targets/tape/etc nearby in plastic ice chests. Those ice chests are covered with impregnated copper jacket slivers, someone is always slicing themselves up on them. At home, I shoot on a 3'x5'x1/2" steel backstop that is about 10 feet from the side of my barn. There are numerous copper slivers sticking out of the wooden barn wall. After literally millions and millions of rounds at the training ranges with no injuries from copper jacket backsplash, I'm confident that shooting copper jacketed handgun bullets (anything up to .45acp) at steel from a distance of at least 25 feet is safe. However, there is *always* a "chance" of a bounceback. A chunk of lead striking you at a couple hundred fps isn't going to do much damage, but if it has a shredded copper jacket attached it could slice a jugular vein in a flash.

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    Look around locally and if you have no luck Midway has all lead in all the calibers you list and Cabela's looks like they have everything but the .380. Many of the all leads you find out there are remanufactured.

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    Talking Now I understand.

    That's what's so great about this forum. Somebody will have an answer for relative greenhorns like me.

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