Plastic Wads in Rifle Bullets

Some Russian 7.62 X 39 hunting ammunition imported into the United States is loaded with bullets having a plastic base wad. The bullets have an overall spitzer configuration with an open tip (a hollow point) and an open base. The mild steel core of the military round has been replaced with a lead core. This core, however, does not extend the full length of the jacket so that the base is potentially empty. Into this base has been inserted a white plastic wad (Figure 7.22A). On entering the body, the bullets breakup producing a lead snowstorm (Figure 7.22B).

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