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GUNS Magazine September 2011 Digital Edition - Page 36
Holt Bodinson y any other moniker, it might be known as a “magic” bullet. It defies what we’ve come to accept logically as the ideal construction of an effective bullet. Frankly, when I first heard about Dynamic Research Technologies’ unique bullet, I was skeptical. Yet, after joining Smith & Wesson for a deer and hog hunt on the Chain Land and Cattle Co.’s property in Oklahoma, I came away convinced DRT’s projectiles fill a unique niche in the world of exterior ballistics; and, when your ammunition boxes carry the photos of the shapely and well-armed Mandrell sisters, believe me, you are unique. B organic targets containing fluid— making it exceedingly lethal, as I was to find out on the hunt. Game Hammer On game, the DRT bullet is designed to penetrate 1-1/2" to 2" and then disintegrate along a trajectory of 10" creating a permanent wound cavity 6" to 8" in diameter. To control penetration and frangibility on game, Beal optimizes the thickness of the jacket and inserts a calibrated cup inside the cavity of the hollowpoint which can be clearly seen in the photograph of the .460 S&W ammunition. In describing the performance of the bullet, Beal stresses the role of centrifugal force, pointing out the dense, powdered titanium core, which ensures the jacket will rupture violently and completely, expending all of its energy within an organic target. Invented by Harold Beal, a bigbore competitive shooter and airshow aviator, the DRT bullet is currently protected by 29 patents. This intriguing bullet consists of a traditional-looking, hollowpoint copper jacket and a compressed, lead-free, powdered titanium core. It is highly frangible and also is extraordinarily accurate. On hard targets, the bullet simply disintegrates into powder. In fact, you can shoot it safely at a sheet of steel set only paces from the end of your muzzle. In short, it will not ricochet, even at extended ranges. Beal’s secret is he has been able to control the frangibility of the DRT bullet in Smith & Wesson’s new piston-driven carbine is light, handy and just perfect for the hunt. With its match barrel and trigger, S&W’s M&P15 “enhanced” is a highly refined AR. 36 36 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • • SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER 2011 2011