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PostSubject: Most Damage. Lead or Brass   Most Damage. Lead or Brass EmptyThu Jun 10, 2010 2:08 pm

I was just wondering which bullet head would cause the most damaged to the human body on impact. I’m thinking lead being softer would break-up and spread causing much wider damage that the Brass Head which would remain in one piece thus leaving in one piece.

Or once again I could be wrong.
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PostSubject: Re: Most Damage. Lead or Brass   Most Damage. Lead or Brass EmptyThu Jun 10, 2010 3:59 pm

Dave
Bullet heads are not made of brass.
The first Lee Metford rounds were Nickle jacketed lead, later and since copper jacket.

A lead bullet will squash out on inpacy inflicting an horrendous wound.

The lack of stopping power of jacketed .303" caused discontent in the Sudan, hence the adoption of hollow nosed bullets made at the Asenal at Dum-Dum, which effected expansion of the jacketed round on impact.
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PostSubject: Re: Most Damage. Lead or Brass   Most Damage. Lead or Brass EmptyThu Jun 10, 2010 4:07 pm

Hi Neil,
You said that a lead bullet would squash on impact, does this only happen if it its bone?

thanks joe
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PostSubject: Re: Most Damage. Lead or Brass   Most Damage. Lead or Brass EmptyThu Jun 10, 2010 8:08 pm

Thanks for your replies. What type would have been used at Isandlwana.
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PostSubject: Re: Most Damage. Lead or Brass   Most Damage. Lead or Brass EmptyThu Jun 10, 2010 9:43 pm

Dave. Lead was used at Isandlwana. "The .577 Martini-Henry bullet was a real man-killer, large and heavy enough to knock a big man off his feet even when striking a limb, and produced horrific wounds, shattering bones and shredding flesh."
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