.22 In Water-Why does a .22 bullet when shot into the water glance up when it strikes the water? I was shooting at a hell-diver on a lake yesterday and the bullets would glance up and hit the trees on the other shore.
When the bullet strikes the water, the head of the bullet turns up, just as a stick thrust at a board turns from its course. The surface of the water acts on the bullet as the board acts on the stick. The inertia which keeps the bullet going after the force of the powder is exhausted, carries the bullet on its new course up from the water and on to the trees. Approximately, the bullet leaves the water at the same angle that it strikes the water; if it strikes the water at an angle of 30 degrees, it leaves at about the same angle.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913
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