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Sunday, July 24, 2011
  Reporting fail
In a story on the Norway shooting there was a comment about the shooter using Dum-Dum bullets. This came from a quote by Dr. Colin Poole.
"These bullets more or less exploded inside the body," Poole said. "It's caused us all kinds of extra problems in dealing with the wounds they cause, with very strange trajectories."
So the odd term probably came from the doctor not the reporter, I'm guessing that the shooter used normal JHP bullets like what nearly all police use everywhere in the world.

The real fail is in the next paragraph:
Ballistics experts say the so-called "dum-dum" bullets also are lighter in weight and can be fired with greater accuracy over varying distances. They commonly are used by air marshals and hunters of small animals. Such characteristics potentially would have allowed the gunman to carry more ammunition and fire his weapons at varying targets without adjusting his sights.
Are the experts talking about Glaser Safety Slugs? They are lighter and the air marshals used them in the '70 and '80 but I've never heard of small game hunters who using them. If the rounds are regular JHP's the bullet weights are normally the same as FMJ, and either way the bullet weight would have little effect on how many rounds he was able to carry, and also little effect on accuracy. I don't know where they got their 'Expert' but they need to find a new one.


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