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  1. The pierced bullet doesn’t have rifling marks. The fired bullet somehow slowed down before hitting an unfired round. Interesting but not shocking.

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  2. I know a custom gunmaker who had a client who had supplied a gunstock blank of very expensive Turkish walnut. Turkish walnut, for those who don’t deal much in custom rifles/shotguns, is the most expensive walnut you can hang on a gun (usually). This rifle stock blank had cost the customer over $2K, because it had this beautiful swirl figure where the buttstock was going to be.

    Anyway, the gunmaker had laid out the stock outline on the blank and was in the process of trimming the excess off the blank with a band saw. A good bandsaw and a good layout can save big time on custom stock making.

    The gunmaker’s blade broke. OK, that sometimes happens. So he mounted up a new blade in the saw, and gets back into the cut to trim excess off the buttstock area. The new blade breaks.

    Well, this piece of wood is telling him something. So he starts using chisels to take off the excess, and in the process finds a steel-jacketed machine gun bullet at the near-center of this high-figure area of the buttstock. Pulling the bullet out left nasty hole on the stock, right in the center of the figure. The gunmaker filled it with clear Acraglass after telling the customer about the issue with this expensive blank. You can’t tell that the hole is a hole with the way light disappeared into the hole.

    These two things go to show how vicious the fighting was in parts of Turkey.

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    • I’ve seen boards being cut in a lumber mill with bullets in them. Just from people firing at trees int he woods or whatever, not WW1 related. Just from local trees being cut and used for wood.

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