Cast Bullets

On occasion, individuals are shot with pistol ammunition reloaded with cast bullets. These bullets can usually be recognized on x-ray by the deep lubricating grooves. Upon recovery of the bullets, they usually have a dull silver-gray color. The lead is obviously harder than that used in commercial bullets; deep lubricating grooves are present, and the base of the bullet shows a circular marking caused by the sprue in the bullet casting mold (the sprue is the opening in the bullet mold through which the molten lead is poured) (Figure 10.7).

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