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Old 07-21-2015, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Walking up the drive way last night and found a discharged bullet laying in the driveway. What's weird is the only damage to it was being a little scrapped up from the cement. Do you think it could have been fired into the air and bounced around in the tree before hitting the ground?
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Old 07-21-2015, 09:21 AM
 
Location: NWA/SWMO
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Walking up the drive way last night and found a discharged bullet laying in the driveway. What's weird is the only damage to it was being a little scrapped up from the cement. Do you think it could have been fired into the air and bounced around in the tree before hitting the ground?
It is near the 4th of July. It was likely discharged into the air, and who knows if it came down in a tree or not.
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Old 07-21-2015, 09:48 AM
 
Location: alabama.
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be a good case for your local CSI .. they can probably figure out the range such a weapon could fire and back track to a general area where the bullet came from then match the bore scratches to the exact gun ... if they were bored enuff that is .... I found a civil war bullet on my property many years ago .. I doubt I can find out where it came from ...
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Old 07-21-2015, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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What goes up.........

Seriously though, anyone who shoots their rifle or handgun in the air as a "celebratory" act, is one cartridge short of a full magazine.
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Old 07-21-2015, 10:12 AM
 
Location: NWA/SWMO
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be a good case for your local CSI .. they can probably figure out the range such a weapon could fire and back track to a general area where the bullet came from then match the bore scratches to the exact gun ... if they were bored enuff that is .... I found a civil war bullet on my property many years ago .. I doubt I can find out where it came from ...
Highly HIGHLY doubtful. OP does not know the angle, nor the loading. Was it a 124gr NATO pressure, or a 124gr hand-load that was 200fps slower? That would make a HUGE difference in distance it would travel. Then, was it a 70* angle, or 80*? So much variance, not to mention the unlawful seizure of tons of weapons that fall within a "possible" radius of the OP's location, given every angle and loading variant, to "test scratches"....it's absurd. Like saying you would find the exact vehicle that door-dinged your car at Wal-Mart by matching paint and searching every leading door-edge in the city.
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Old 07-21-2015, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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I did get the diameter which was .355, isn't that about a 9mm. Given the neighboring neighborhoods it very well could have been used in a crime
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Old 07-21-2015, 12:38 PM
 
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What type of bullet is it, please?

Round nose lead
Wadcutter lead
Full metal jacket
Jacketed hollow point

Something else
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Old 07-21-2015, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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What type of bullet is it, please?

Round nose lead
Wadcutter lead
Full metal jacket
Jacketed hollow point

Something else
Didn't look like anything special, had a rounded tip...other than than that not sure
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Old 07-21-2015, 02:28 PM
 
Location: alabama.
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, to "test scratches"....it's absurd. Like saying you would find the exact vehicle that door-dinged your car at Wal-Mart by matching paint and searching every leading door-edge in the city.
the how do they always manage to match bullets to certain guns ?
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Old 07-21-2015, 08:00 PM
 
Location: NWA/SWMO
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the how do they always manage to match bullets to certain guns ?
They take that weapon and a non-deformed slug and fire it into a water tank and compare rifling marks. It's not going to happen though, because thousands of gun owners within the OP's circle of probability are not going to volunteer for it, and there is zero probable cause to arrest or confiscate anyone's weapon in this case, unless more to the story comes to light. A ballistic match is about the most overhyped thing there is, because to actually legally get to the point or even LOGISTICALLY get to the point that a lab rat has the weapon in-hand, the case is pretty much done already anyway.
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