Hillbilly Ballistic Tests

Way back when I was a lot poorer than I am now, before I invented the Bullet Test Tube (no longer commercially available) and long before I could afford ordnance gelatin, I come up with a redneck kind of way to test the terminal ballistics of the .17 HMR. I took soup cans and stuffed a potato inside to simulate a groundhog’s head. I think it worked pretty darn well. This is a bit different than the traditional hillbilly method of shooting into old washing machines and refrigerators laying along the creek bank.

Hillbilly Bullet Testing

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Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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One Response to Hillbilly Ballistic Tests

  1. DirtCrashr says:

    Love it, but why not just use a can of refried beans (because that’s what the one on the right looks like)? 🙂

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