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Offline Ryan Kent

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Interesting Bullet
« on: October 14, 2014, 05:27:50 PM »
Hi All,

I am working a case in which one of the bullets recovered from the scene has this star shaped cavity that I have never seen before and I was wondering if anyone has seen this?  The cartridge case recovered is Starline if that helps.  Any insight is greatly appreciated.


Ryan Kent
edited to zoom in on bullet and make file size smaller
« Last Edit: October 15, 2014, 07:09:22 AM by Chris Monturo »

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Re: Interesting Bullet
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2014, 07:13:05 AM »
Caliber and bullet weight would be helpful.  There are some folks here with strong Google-Fu.
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Re: Interesting Bullet
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2014, 09:47:15 AM »
115 gr 9mm


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Re: Interesting Bullet
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2014, 12:24:37 PM »
do you habe a side view and a picture of the base?
What did it hit?

So far it looks like nothing I have seen before.

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Re: Interesting Bullet
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2014, 11:52:25 AM »
A few people have asked about a side and base view of this bullet so here they are.

The submission says this bullet went through an adjoining wall inside an apartment and "severed" a water line.  I keep going back and forth with it being manufactured vs. just some fluky impact that caused that shape. 

Thanks again for all of the input.
Edited to crop and reduce file size to prevent server from crashing
« Last Edit: October 23, 2014, 08:06:16 AM by Chris Monturo »

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Re: Interesting Bullet
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2014, 07:50:31 AM »
Does Hornady sell their bullets to Starline to load into their cartridges?  The reason I ask is this:

Yesterday, my colleagues and I were doing some test firing into pig skin for the medical examiner for a case.  The ammo we used was Hornady 45-70 Gov't, 325 gr. "LeveRevolution" JHP's, with the kind with the little red nubby insert in the hollow point cavity.  After a few shots, we noticed these little star shapes in the mannequin's face.  Looks remarkably like the star shape of your bullet.  We also found one of the red inserts on the ground after shooting.  After 9 shots, that was the only one we recovered.  See attached photos.

I wonder if your bullet is a 9mm Hornady bullet, minus the insert??

Edit:  the 3rd photo I added is a live cartridge after I pulled the insert out with pliers
« Last Edit: October 23, 2014, 08:22:00 AM by Jill Therriault »
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