I have a chance to buy mil surp tracer projectiles CHEAP. So long as it is safe to fire them (wet range) any reason not to load them for cheap plinking? Any thoughts? Are they in any way actually more useful than FMJs?
I have never owned or had the chance to use any tracers but I bet they would be fun. I watched a video over 20 years ago now that was using tracers and trying to prove the point that they really were not that hot. In the video, I think it was called deadly weapons, they were firing through a full metal gas can and were unable to get the gas to explode. I doubt that really means anything as they would pass through so fast but it was cool to watch.
Myth Busters did an who show on using tracers to blow up gas cans, and gas tanks. They used both empty, full, and half full tanks and they never got an explosion or fire. It's not to say that it might happen but they didn't.
Let me put it this way - If the tax payers were buying me barrels or if the governmmet were borrowing money from China to buy barrels for me, then I'd have no problem using tracers for plinking in my guns. As it stands I spend a great deal of time, money, and effort ensuring that my barrels are well taken care of, so I have no intention of firing anything down their barrels that may increase or accelerate unnessesary wear in them.
Many tracers dont begin to burn until around +/- 100 yards, and because of the weight change due to the burning compounds the accuracy is 'iffy' past 200 yards. Not to say you wont hit what your shooting at, but grouping will be poor. They are great for identifying and 'marking' targets, but a designated marksman wont be firing any.
Fire is another concern. I have set a range or 2 on fire using them. Granted, they were coming out of a M240 with 1 tracer in every 5 rounds. These things will keep burning for a while, even after hitting the ground (have heard that they burn underwater, but I never could figure out a safe way to test that personally. Keep in mind that they are illegal in BLM and National Forest lands as well.
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
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