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eye protection when hunting?

Do all handgun hunters use eye protection when using a revolver when hunting? I read in a magazine about the testing of the Smith 500 and how he cot hit in the face with some piece of the bullet. Is this common? Anyone have any experience getting hit in the face from a revolver back spray or whatever you call it?

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Re: eye protection when hunting?
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Do all handgun hunters use eye protection when using a revolver when hunting? I read in a magazine about the testing of the Smith 500 and how he cot hit in the face with some piece of the bullet. Is this common? Anyone have any experience getting hit in the face from a revolver back spray or whatever you call it?

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Yeah shooting pistols at metal popper targets at short range, you get a piece of the jacket ricocheting back at you once in a while. Its not moving real fast, but it is hot. Its certainly awakening. Its always a good idea to wear eye protection. I'm the worlds worst about it myself. Its not that I'm apposed to wearing eye glasses, I just let it slip my mind. We should all wear safety glasses when we're shooting, even hunting.

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eye protection when hunting?

Shatodavis,

Are you saying that the ricochet came from the target or was it from the pistol? I think that I heard that it is possible for pieces of bullet that get scraped off when the bullet is traveling from the cylander to the barrell on a revolver to get shot backwards with all the escaping gasses. I'm not too concerned with a ricochet from my target, ie. deer. Let me know.. thanks.

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eye protection when hunting?

All of the pistol hunters I personally know wear eye protection with revolvers. Gases escape from the cylinder. They may be shooting from an awkward position. It only takes one mishap.

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Glasses for me.

I don't hunt with a pistol..Can't do those things in Canada. But i do lots of combat style shooting with my revolvers (and autos). Yes, there is a couple of thousands of an inch gap betwen the cylinder and the barrel. Hot gasses and sometimes tiny pieces of carbon escape. If you're shooting at an odd angle or have wind blowing in your face. You can get something blowing back on you. I wear eye protection all the time even with my rifles and while hunting.

At the very least glasses will help from getting a branch in the eye..

If the dude in the magazine got hit with a piece of the bullet, i would be checking my cylinder to barrel alignment really quick! If the cylinder doesn't line up correctly you can shave bullets.

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summerman wrote:
Shatodavis,

Are you saying that the ricochet came from the target or was it from the pistol? I think that I heard that it is possible for pieces of bullet that get scraped off when the bullet is traveling from the cylander to the barrell on a revolver to get shot backwards with all the escaping gasses. I'm not too concerned with a ricochet from my target, ie. deer. Let me know.. thanks.

The ricochet difinately comes from the target. Most competitive shooter use cast bullets because of the cost savings. When lead cast bullets hit they generally totally deform and expend all of there energy. Riccochets are not as common. I myself use jacketed bullets. Occasionally at very close ranges I get riccochets of the jacket material from metal targets. I've experienced this with a wide range of calibers from 22 lr to 45 acp. Like I said before its at close range (7 yards approx) and the ricochet isn't moving fast enough to break skin. But without eye protection it could cause damage if it flew in the eye. Of course the concerns about gases etc. are all justified as well.

I can assure you that my barrels are not misalligned. I'm not shooting revolvers. To say that you are not concerned with a riccochet from your target is short sighted in my humble opinion. What about a miss that hits a shale rock etc. Again I'm not being judgemental, because I rarely use eye protection when I'm hunting even though I know better.

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