Perforating Tendency of Centerfire Rifle Bullets

Full metal-jacketed rifle bullets almost invariably exit if the deceased is the primary target and is within a few hundred yards of the muzzle of the weapon. The 5.56 X 45 mm round is the only full metal-jacketed round that has a tendency to stay in the body. Most hunting bullets of medium and large caliber also exit the body. Varmint cartridges such as the .222 or .22-250 tend to stay in the body. With a cartridge such as the .243, it depends on bullet weight, the area of the body struck and the length of the wound path.

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