Dum-Dum Bullets-I have never noted any trouble with dum-dum bullets not shooting accurately. They always did good shooting for me and I know of lots of game having been killed with them. Perhaps Mr. Carlton made the cuts in the point of the bullet too large, or back into the body of the bullet too far. Try making cuts one-eight or three-sixteenth of an inch deep with a hack saw, and see how they work. The lead only runs out of the jacket when it is melted and this is caused by the friction on the barrel. If it melts at all it will leave the jacket before the bullet goes one hundred yards, and the jacket will make an unearthly noise. Neither have I not known of any trouble from the divided point of the bullet spreading and making little wings as Mr. Carlton tells of. The point of the bullet being rounded the air pressure tends to press these points in toward the center. I am glad to read Mr. Carlton’s letter and hope he will try this again and that we may hear more on the subject.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913
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