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 7.62x54R Ricochet

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PostSubject: 7.62x54R Ricochet   Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:46 pm

I figured this would be the best place to speak about an incident pertaining to an individual at my club shooting his MN & it ricocheting into me. My club has a nice basic set-up & rules to follow. No shooting high powered rifles at 50 yds & in at steel targets. And no steel core ammo. This is a problem when it comes to surplus ammo & the MN. But, for the most part, if you shoot down range at 100-120yds, it really never is a problem.

This past Sunday, I took my birthday gift out to run some rounds through. After BSn with most there because I hadn't been there in a month it was time to Frog Lube my weapons system. I was stationed down to the left of the building. While lubing my barrel, I heard a whistle then I felt a hot burn. I yelled an expletive. My friend who is also a RO there was in the station next to me & yelled, "what happened?" I replied, "I've been ffffing hit!"

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My friend immediately picked up the bullet & took a knife to it. "I think it's steel-core & it's still hot." I took my jacket off which had a white burn mark about the size of a dime. Ironically, I was wearing a WWP t-shirt. Neutral The consensus believed it was 54R. Only one guy was shooting a Mosin & he was down the other end. If you click on the link to my club, you can see the set-up. Steel plates at 15yds, steel torsos at 25yds as well as a berm for paper targets at 25yds. Steel torsos at 50yds as well as a set-up for paper targets & of course 100-120yds down range. Well, I walk down to the other side & start yelling "who is shooting the ffffffing rifle?" Three times. I'm a little pissed off. No one answered. I just wanted to know what caliber I was hit by. I walked other to side by side bays that contained 4 rifles (2 & 2). I point at the Mosin & ask, "is this your rifle?" The guy said yes but wouldn't follow up with the fact it was him shooting. He walked over after to apologize to me. He said, he thinks it was him. Yes, it was. I told I wasn't mad, I just wanted to know what the hell I got hit by. Two of my friends who are ROs couldn't confirm that he was shooting at the 50yd steel torsos but it was pretty much a foregone conclusion. In addition, this guy was a new member. He was much older than I so he should have known better.

Now, what is not pictured in those range pics is a steel saucer tree which is for .22 rifles & hand guns. Not a rifle round used by the some Middle Eastern nut jobs to sniper our troops with. The frame is solid steel & by my estimate he shot that by accident because it was roughly in front of the steel torsos. Number, he shouldn't have been shooting at the 50yd mark unless he was shooting paper. Number two, steel-core (the ammo was silver tipped) is a no-no. although I have shot some 62 gr .223 test loads, no one was present. We had about 13 or so people at the club shooting that morning. A dangerous proposition seeing I got nailed.

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After I got home from the club.


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Monday morning.

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Tuesday morning.


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I have been told since Sunday by more than a few people I was very lucky. I guess. It really wasn't a big deal to me in the sense that I didn't get jacked up & ended up in the hospital getting a bullet pulled out of my lower ab area. It did just miss my hands which is the thing I feel lucky about.
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PostSubject: Re: 7.62x54R Ricochet   Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:40 am

goodjob

Thanks for the great post MXD.

We have to be extra damn careful with our commie surplus, or the socialists will take that aways also!

Ive seen similar instances also. No one was hit. But the kid learned, the steel ammo is a completely different animal and IT KEEPS GOING!!! Through dirt, through trees, what ever.

CHEAP DOES NOT MEAN SAFE!

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