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Only a Firearms Expert Can Identify What All of These Bullets Are Used For. Can You?
by Jody Mabry
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The 19th century saw a massive technological advance in ballistics, from the Minie ball commonly known throughout the American Civil War to the introduction of the copper jacketed bullet in 1882. Due to lead's low melting rate, bullets in the 1800s were limited on their velocity. Simply, the bullet would melt under the pressure needed for faster bullets. The introduction of a copper jacket resolved these issues due to copper's high melting point. 

Since the 19th century, thousands of bullet designs for just as many uses have hit manufacturing. Some rounds fade away due to improved designs, some remain commonplace, while others feature a comeback often in competition shooting. 

But, how well do you know your bullets? Do you know which bullets lose velocity at 200 yards, making them highly inaccurate? Do you know which muzzle-loaded bullet was highly prized on the American battlefield? You've heard of the .32 Smith & Wesson, but do you know what it was designed for? Is the .17 Mach 2 designed for long-distance game hunting or penetrating military vests? Do you know which bullet became a favorite in the FBI due to its ability to go through car doors and brick? Or, which hunting rounds are great with a high grain weight, but destroy the carcass if the grain is too low? 

If you know your rounds and what they do then this is the quiz for you. Come into this quiz cocked and loaded, it won't be an easy kill. 

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