Hillbilly Ballistics

Back when I was first starting to write about guns I was looking for a way to test the terminal performance of .17 HMR ammo. I figured a soup can stuffed with a potato would be about the same as a groundhog’s head so that was my ballistic test medium. I think it worked out OK. Based on my hunting experiences with the .17 HMR, it was representative of the heads on the groundhogs I killed.

17 HMR Speer TNT and Hornady Varmint Express Exit Wounds

17 HMR Speer TNT and Hornady Varmint Express Exit Wounds

However, I think these guys have the right idea. But I’m left with a question; WTH is “fake SPAM?” Can you fake a fake or is SPAM and actual thing? I mean, does it have its own spot on the periodic table or the food chain? One thing is for sure, I like fried SPAM and fried eggs. Now I know how to make SPAM hash!

Oh, and yeah, I like the GALCO box! That’s a unique tool for a high-tech ballistics test range.


About gunwriter

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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