Military Ammunition Converted to Sporting Ammunition

Ammunition loaded with full metal-jacketed bullets cannot be used for hunting in the United States. Some individuals have attempted to "sporter-ize" such ammunition by cutting or grinding off the tip of a full metal-jacketed bullet, exposing the core, in an attempt to facilitate expansion. This is potentially dangerous in that the base of such bullets is open. On firing, pressure of the gases of combustion on the exposed core may cause it to be propelled out the tip of the bullet with deposition of the jacket in the barrel. On firing the rifle a second time, the deposited jacket may cause the barrel to explode.

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