Um! WOW.....This is a must see!
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I can honestly say that I have never seen anything like this before!
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October 26th, 2006 11:18 AM
October 26th, 2006 11:24 AM
Wow! That guy is extraordinarily fortunate that the action did not fail and blow up in his face.
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October 26th, 2006 12:02 PM
I bet that boresighter looked like a tracer round flying downrange! Lucky fella right there.
October 26th, 2006 12:09 PM
I had seen one of those pics and confess I was dubious - mainly because I'd expect the over-pressure to be released as soon as the barrel started separating and so only a partial splitting. But it turns out this was genuine.
What is amazing is the degree of peeling back - more what I'd expect from a small charge of C4 I guess tho, the time it took when bullet impinged rear of boresighter was in pressure terms long enough that it represented a brief total obstruction - and its weight/mass was enough to cause the needed delay before it moved! Perhaps too the barrel being pretty thin walled - another factor.
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October 26th, 2006 12:25 PM
I've received the email earlier this week. I still don't believe it. The lines along which the barrel split are too perfect and too long. If it split it would not have split over a few inches. The more likely manner of the split would be along the grooves.
Mythbusters tried to get a shotgun to split the barrel and finally had to plug it completely and then only got it to expand and split a short distance. In order to get a rifle to split as shown you would almost have to have weakened it along the lines that it split on.
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October 26th, 2006 12:30 PM
I would say and thought the same thing Chris when I saw this. I thought the metal being used must be thinner than the heavy barrel's or higher end rifles produced. This quite possibly saved the guy's face if this truley happend.
Last edited by Ti Carry; October 26th, 2006 at 02:04 PM.
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October 26th, 2006 01:23 PM
If this is for real, it is amazing that the guy wasnt seriously injured. Pretty amazing.
October 26th, 2006 01:31 PM
If you look at what is left of the bore-sighter, you can see a lot of the arbor is missing. It looks too me like about 2 inches are missing.
You can also see the rupture started a few inches from the end of the barrel. Once the rupture started it just caused a whipping action along the splits.
It appears the bullet hit the arbor & caused the arbor to mushroom outwards, rather than pushing it out of the barrel. Result was a completed obstructed barrel. The pressure then built up until barrel ruptured, which then split barrel & launched what was left of arbor & sighter down range. Remember it was also a 30.06, a lot of energy in that round.
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October 26th, 2006 01:38 PM
I've seen something similar, except on a touch bigger gun. Someone, who will remain unnamed shot a boresight out of a 25mm barrel on a Bradley. The barrel separated where the boresight began and both boresight and end of barrel traveled a good ways down range.
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October 26th, 2006 01:50 PM
Maybe it was a fluted barrel, resulting in the flower like peel back. I don't know, but if it is for real, then my next bolt action is a Savage, because I'd expect the action to fail.
October 26th, 2006 03:35 PM
If that is for real......... WOW!!! That is some amazing damage.
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October 26th, 2006 03:43 PM
I wonder if it's Sighted In OK now?
October 26th, 2006 03:54 PM
You know you gotta get prior approval from the BATF before you convert a rifle to a short barrel. LOL!
October 26th, 2006 03:56 PM
I think I saw something similar and it was said to be fake. I'm not sure, looks to perfect to be real.
October 26th, 2006 06:24 PM
i could see a high pressure cartridge doing that
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