Volume 25, Issue 2 (April 1980)

    Detailed Study of the Removal of Copper Jackets from Jacketed Bullets

    (Received 8 August 1979; accepted 4 October 1979)

    Published Online: April

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    The often-used method of removing copper jackets from jacketed bullets (or fragments thereof) with nitric acid has been studied in some detail. It was found that 8M nitric acid is not satisfactory but that concentrated nitric acid works very well, removing the jacket completely in 5 min at room temperature with no measurable dissolution of the lead and with no measurable change in the concentrations of antimony, silver, or copper at the surface of the lead core (compared with their interior concentrations). The method was tested on commercial hardened-lead bullets (4.7% antimony) and on commercial soft-lead bullets (16 to 1078 ppm antimony). Instrumental neutron activation analysis was used to measure the concentrations of antimony, silver, and copper in specimens.


    Author Information:

    Purcell, MA
    Graduate student, Nuclear Reactor Facility, Washington State University, Pullman,

    Izak-Biran, T
    Research scientist, Soreq Nuclear Centre, Israel Atomic Energy Commission, Yavne,

    Guinn, VP
    Professor, University of California at Irvine,


    Stock #: JFS12139J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12139J

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    Title Detailed Study of the Removal of Copper Jackets from Jacketed Bullets
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    Committee E30