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Posted: 8/17/2003 9:19:32 AM EDT
My question has to do with the ricocheting of the .223 round. I’m in the market to purchase an AR-15, but my decision is contingent on my ability to shoot it on my property.


I own over 100 acres (with NO noise restrictions!) of land and on the end, there is a bluff that in the past has been used for skeet shooting. Now, my question is, will a .223 round hit the wall and deform, such that it will not go far downrange, or, will it ricochet in another direction – possibly onto someone else’s property.


So, I guess what I’m asking is that - would you shoot a .223 round into this???



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Link Posted: 8/17/2003 9:50:39 AM EDT
I would shoot into that if I were at least 50 yrds back. The 223 projectile will pretty much vaporize if it hits that but you could get rock frags flying around.
Link Posted: 8/17/2003 11:16:16 AM EDT
Fire for effect. (You should have almost no problem. I echo the 50 yards advice).
Link Posted: 8/17/2003 11:32:58 AM EDT
If shooting on flatter ground and you want to limit the bullet's ability to careen off down range if it should hit a rock, use something like the varmint built bullets that are exceptionally fragile. Vmaxes and Nosler Balistic tips in the various factory offerings should work very well.
Link Posted: 8/17/2003 11:50:59 AM EDT
Shoot heck out of it. Once the 5.56/.223 strikes a solid surface, especially one perpendicular to the bullets trajectory it dies and just disintegrates or falls to the ground. The only time you really need to be concerned with richochets with the .223 is at extremely close range(debris) or while shooting at flat surfaces shallower than perpendicular, or in the same direction as the trajectory, or at water. The round can very easily skip off such surfaces. The picture you provide indicates an excellent backstop.
Link Posted: 8/17/2003 12:37:35 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 1:26:03 PM EDT
The Swiss surplus ammo has some kind of alloy jacket too.
Link Posted: 8/18/2003 2:52:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Killbot: My question has to do with the ricocheting of the .223 round. I’m in the market to purchase an AR-15, but my decision is contingent on my ability to shoot it on my property. I own over 100 acres (with NO noise restrictions!) of land and on the end, there is a bluff that in the past has been used for skeet shooting. Now, my question is, will a .223 round hit the wall and deform, such that it will not go far downrange, or, will it ricochet in another direction – possibly onto someone else’s property. So, I guess what I’m asking is that - would you shoot a .223 round into this??? Wide View [url]http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid75/p94aef55916540d5ccabc434f0e594031/fb5d509d.jpg[/url] Close View [url]http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid74/pc2734f2025cc0f224df0867f5cc489e4/fb634916.jpg[/url]
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I envy you! Good shooting!
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