Imposable shoot Idea
how about lighting a blue tip match with a bullet? not shooting the head off but actually sparking it up.
Muzzle-loaders do that regularly. But Bob M. maintains that it can't be done. (Bob would do it, if he could.) So I've pretty much decided that it's a bullet velocity issue. A slow moving lead ball can ignite the match, but a fast, smokeless powder bullet passes too fast for friction to ignite the match.
We'll get George Sutton (Mr. Flintlock) to do the match thing in his next session of Impossible Shots.
The amount of friction between two objects is not velocity-dependent. A moving object in contact with another object will heat up more as it travels faster, but that's because it's in contact with more molecules in the same amount of time.
Perhaps a high-velocity bullet simply vaporizes and scatters the chemicals on the match tip before they have a chance to react.
As far as a muzzleloader goes - are we sure that it's not burning powder ejected from the muzzle that's igniting the match? I've never seen this done, so I don't know that range at which the trick is done.
Yes, I'm sure. Shot generally at 20 to 25 feet.
Whatever the explanation, it's a muzzle-loading shot.
If my memory serves me right another show perhaps on the History channel tried that exact shot. It failed and they built a device to light the match using a mechanical device triggered by a shot. But they didn't try a muzzle shot.
Mythbusters did it. Even used a proper gun to do so.