Cut in Half:
Six Popular Hunting, Shooting, and Self-Defense Rounds
Ever wonder what ammunition and its components look like internally? Fogammo.com cut these rounds in half to show you a perspective that you may not have seen before.
DISCLAIMER: Don’t try this at home. These models are for demonstration purposes only and were made by trained professionals.
.223 Remington & 5.56 Nato
“To the naked eye the differences are nearly indistinguishable.”
Bullet weight: 45 to 77 grains.
Bullet style: Various
Velocity: 2750 – 3750 fps
Year Designed: 1964
This popular round was the first to be bifurcated, showing the base internal components of the popular cartridge. The process was as simple as using a hacksaw to bisect and a belt sander to polish. To the naked eye, the differences are nearly indistinguishable aside from annealing of the .223. Some people also say they can see the crimp in the primer pocket of the 5.56.
“Some think the powder looks like worms or sticks.”
Bullet : 125 grain Sierra Jacketed Hollow Point
Velocity: 1090 fps
Year Designed: 1901
This bisection is a .9mm Jacketed Hollow Point round with flake powder held together with super glue. After this self-defense round was cut by a trained professional, the round was polished by hand. Some think that the powder looks like worms or sticks, but it is in fact the flake stacking up on itself to give you an inside view. Designed by Georg Luger, the round is heavily used today by civilians, military, competitive shooters and law enforcement.
“A different approach by only cutting the brass case and displaying the full bullet, primer and powder load.”
Bullet: 168 grain Sierra Hollow Point Boat Tail
Velocity: 2750 fps
Year Designed: 1952
Fogammo.com took a different approach for this model by cutting only the brass case and displaying the full bullet, primer and powder load. A spec amount of powder was used to create the model powder form. An estimated 10% volume was added during the forming process, along with an undetermined amount of air pockets.
.300 AAC Blackout
“The low amount of powder is due to the round’s subsonic capabilities of traveling below the speed of sound.”
Bullet weight: 220 Grain Sierra Hollow Point Boat Tail
Bullet style: Hollow Point Boat tail
Velocity: 1050 fps
Year Designed: Early 1990s
First designed for special operations groups needing more stopping power, for this model of the .300 BLK a Dremel tool was used to create a pie cut within the bullet and brass case. A measured amount of powder was formed inside the case with super glue, which displays roughly 65% of spec charge. Ever popular with the use of a suppressor, the low amount of powder is due to the round’s subsonic capabilities of traveling below the speed of sound at 1126 feet per second.
“The round was first developed for use in John M. Browning’s 1911 Automatic Colt Pistol.”
Bullet: 230 Grain Berries Bullets. Round Nose
Velocity: 850 fps
Year Designed: 1904
One of the most popular calibers of its time, the round was first developed for use in John M. Browning’s 1911 Automatic Colt Pistol, and is still used today by shooters and military alike. Taking on the artistic eye of a still-life photographer, this picture captures three different stages of the popular .45 ACP round. The powder your see spilling from the pie-cut round is to represent the specifications as if the rounds were loaded properly and not cut in half.
“The round has proven its dominance in nearly every major conflict in the world for over one century.”
Bullet weight: 750 Grains
Bullet style: FMJ
Velocity: 2800 fps
Year Introduced: Late 1910s
Last but most definably not least is the .50 Caliber BMG round, infamous for its use in the M2 machine gun and capable of reaching a maximum ballistic range of 7,000 meters. The round has proven its dominance in nearly every major conflict in the world for over one century. A typical round uses over 225 grains of powder. That’s almost 10 times the amount in a 5.56 NATO round.