Yesterday, I made some Penetration Tests with my 357 Magnum RIFLE.
(EKC, with the acquisition of this Rife, a Monster has been created. )
I stood close, maybe 15 yards back, to make sure I didnít miss the Penetration Media.
I used a handload, consisting of a 158 grain SWC GC bullet loaded with a goodly amount, 15.7 grains of H110 smokeless powder, and CCI 350 Primer.
My media was 3 different, and quite obsolete Hard Drives from obsolete computers. Now deceased.
I first fired one shot each at all three of these Hard Drives. The bullets penetrated plumb through each of them, and I was quite surprised, as well as, pleased with the results.
The last shot at the last Media was rather spectacular. It literally exploded the hapless Hard Drive, and a piece of it landed about 10 feet up, in a tree that was close by, and I hadda knock it down with a stick, so I could dispose of it, after itís demise.
This would seem to prove the old adage that ďshot placement is everythingĒ. The previous two Hard Drives were also annihilated, with the first shot, and after giving them each another round, to confirm the penetration results, I gathered up the pieces and disposed of them properly.
I chose this Penetration Media, because it was available, and because, although I had no incriminating data stored on the Hard Drives, I do like my privacy. I wanted to destroy them anyway. I kilt 2 birds with the same rock, you might say.
Some folks may feel like Hard Drives are a rather unorthodox, choice of something to shoot at, but I think, that sometimes we go with what weíve got, and Iím very comfortable with it.
I've also, learned from this effort. Iím now, certain that a Hard Drive would NOT make a good Shooting Gong. It just wouldnítí LAST.
Iíd like to hear from the rest of you, about some of the things YOUíVE used for targets. Perhaps, ďsomethingĒ, that you had developed an intense dislike for, and you wanted to end itís useful existence for therapeutic reasons.
There must be a lot of interesting stories out there. Letís hear them. PLEASE, itíll make me feel better.
Smitty of the North