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Posted: 4/14/2006 5:20:37 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/14/2006 6:17:18 PM EST by K5]
I recently started carrying Hornady TAP 168 grain .308 ammo in my M-14. I wanted to conduct an informal expansion test of the round so I gathered up a stack of old newsprint approxiately 12 inches thick and taped it together. I let it soak in water for 24 hours in order for it to get really soggy. I then shot it at 25 yards with the M-14. The round exited the stack of newsprint and lodged in the bark of the tree I had it propped up against.

Here is a pic of about 4 inches in where the front of the bullet began to fragment.


Here is a pic of the rest of the round which did not fragment.


The round mushroomed out to .535" at it's smallest diameter.


The round largest measurement was .805 but it included a portion of the copper jacket.


Here is a pic of the bottom of the round.


I am very pleased with it's performance and I plan on keeping it as my carry rounds for my M-14.
Link Posted: 4/14/2006 6:23:20 PM EST
Good test, I always wanted to know what that round did in wet news print. I was always worried that if wet phonebooks attacked, I wouldn't have the right round ready.
Link Posted: 4/14/2006 6:28:36 PM EST
Yep, thats good to know. Just icing on the cake, as I don't really care if it opens at all in one respect. It shoots dang near 1/2" groups at 100 yds if I can do my part. If I can pick my spot with that kind of accuracy, it doesn't matter if it mushrooms at all.

Doc
Link Posted: 4/14/2006 6:33:37 PM EST

Originally Posted By K5:
I recently started carrying Hornady TAP 168 grain .308 ammo in my M-14. I wanted to conduct an informal expansion test of the round so I gathered up a stack of old newsprint approxiately 12 inches thick and taped it together. I let it soak in water for 24 hours in order for it to get really soggy. I then shot it at 25 yards with the M-14. The round exited the stack of newsprint and lodged in the bark of the tree I had it propped up against.

Here is a pic of about 4 inches in where the front of the bullet began to fragment.
x402.putfile.com/4/10318583019.jpg

Here is a pic of the rest of the round which did not fragment.
x402.putfile.com/4/10318563748.jpg

The round mushroomed out to .535" at it's smallest diameter.
x402.putfile.com/4/10319003199.jpg

The round largest measurement was .805 but it included a portion of the copper jacket.
x402.putfile.com/4/10319013097.jpg

Here is a pic of the bottom of the round.
x402.putfile.com/4/10318593559.jpg

I am very pleased with it's performance and I plan on keeping it as my carry rounds for my M-14.




You might want to make sure it will cycle right in .223 it jams sometimes and brakes the tip
Link Posted: 4/14/2006 7:53:44 PM EST

Originally Posted By KeltechSu16CA:

Originally Posted By K5:
I recently started carrying Hornady TAP 168 grain .308 ammo in my M-14. I wanted to conduct an informal expansion test of the round so I gathered up a stack of old newsprint approxiately 12 inches thick and taped it together. I let it soak in water for 24 hours in order for it to get really soggy. I then shot it at 25 yards with the M-14. The round exited the stack of newsprint and lodged in the bark of the tree I had it propped up against.





You might want to make sure it will cycle right in .223 it jams sometimes and brakes the tip




I dont think it will fit.
Link Posted: 4/14/2006 8:30:26 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/14/2006 8:30:35 PM EST by dajini]

Originally Posted By otar:

Originally Posted By KeltechSu16CA:

Originally Posted By K5:
I recently started carrying Hornady TAP 168 grain .308 ammo in my M-14. I wanted to conduct an informal expansion test of the round so I gathered up a stack of old newsprint approxiately 12 inches thick and taped it together. I let it soak in water for 24 hours in order for it to get really soggy. I then shot it at 25 yards with the M-14. The round exited the stack of newsprint and lodged in the bark of the tree I had it propped up against.





You might want to make sure it will cycle right in .223 it jams sometimes and brakes the tip




I dont think it will fit.



I think he meant that sometimes in the .223 versions of TAP, the tip can brake off.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 6:26:21 AM EST
ROFLOL
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 6:30:23 AM EST
"I think he meant that sometimes in the .223 versions of TAP, the tip can brake off. "

Or even break off...
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