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I read about this in an article by Allan Jones in Shooting Times years ago. It works. It's good for seeing the rifling grooves but all the expansion just proves its performance- in ice.....
I caught these 3, 9mm bullets using 3 half gallon size jugs. Range 10 feet. You need gallon size for .45 auto. You would need a bigger block of ice for magnum loads.
The bullets were near the spout when they hit the brakes.

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I use gallon jugs of water but you will need a few more jugs and I do loose a few bullets here and there. I've thought of a way to contain them better but I haven't built it yet.

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best ive found is snow. Shoot them into a snow bank and recover them in the summer. But that doesn't help you much if you live down south. Summer time we shooting into wet newpaper

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I've used a 40 gallon trash can filled with water. Firing down from the deck about 8 feet above, I still got wet.

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I used an old soft body armor panel to catch some .40 and 5.56 rounds mostly to test the effectiveness of the level III panel but it caught most of the bullets just fine even the 5.56, except one.

40 cal gold dots.


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This 5.56mm went through.

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I've used a 40 gallon trash can filled with water. Firing down from the deck about 8 feet above, I still got wet.

I tried that from a closer distance using a 5 gallon bucket of water to catch a 22 LR bullet. I was amazed at how much water blew out of that bucket and most seemed to land on me, and just from a measly 22. .
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I tried that from a closer distance using a 5 gallon bucket of water to catch a 22 LR bullet. I was amazed at how much water blew out of that bucket and most seemed to land on me, and just from a measly 22. .
Try that with a .45 ACP. You will need a change of clothes and a new bucket!

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