I have some interesting terminal performance testing and in the field results to share on the 223 Remington cartridge and DRT ammunition.
FIRST – It’s important that you understand that a 223 Remington will kill deer IF, just like with any cartridge, you hit them in the right spot, AND IF, you use a good bullet. My sons and I have killed many deer with the .223 Remington using Nosler Partitions, Barnes X Bullets and even the newer, Brock Lesnar touted Fusion bullet. WITH NO FAILURES I might add. I even used a 223 and Nosler Partitions on a bushbuck in Africa and the PH’s son shot a mature warthog with the same. Based on my field experience and testing in various mediums a .223 Remington with correct ammunition is as effective as a .30-30 Winchester.
SECOND – Before I get into that what I saw today, some technical information on the ammunition needs provided AND it needs broken down to HILLBILLY simple.
DRT ammunition uses a bullet built with a J4 jacket (This helps with accuracy because these jackets are so consistent – ever heard of Berger Bullets? They use J4 jackets.) Inside this jacket is a core that is made from very, very small particles of copper and tin that have been compressed with a six-ton press. This compression results in a block of material that is inserted into the jacket and then the ogive – nose of the bullet – is formed. Make sense?
When the bullet hits something like an animal this compressed core needs to meet an uncompressible medium – like the liquid inside an animal – to make it do work. The work that it does is equal to the work (the compression by the six-ton press) used to compress the particles. Essentially, it uncompresses VERY fast.
The result is the release of these many, many tiny particles of copper and tin into the animal. These particles are driven by the linear and rotational velocity of the bullet. They are like the little nanites from the movie, The Day the Earth Stood Still. They devour (shred) the tissues they come into contact with be they in the form of lung, heart or bone.
Enough of this technical kind of stuff. Just digest the information and forget about the logical bullet terms you are accustomed to like retained weight, expansion, traditional mushrooming and sectional density. It does not apply. This is new technology.
Does it work? Tomorrow the results.