Team 45-70 Big Buck Contest Winner 2012
Bowling pins have extremely hard wood and also a very hard finish. I have seen a 22 round penetrate the finish then follow the wood around plowing a furrow under the finish.I've never shot a bowling pin so I have no idea what to expect from them. Knock over? Explode? Or just stand there dazed and confused? :hmmmm:
Regardless of the answer... Nice shooting Chris. I suspect this poor bowling pin was victimized by your 308MX? :biggrin:
We shot them at 100 yards with the mosins and it put a hole in them but didn't shatter them. My son manages a bowling alley and they replace them every so often. They looked fine to me but he said they were some they were tossing. Another thing about that finish, if it's the same stuff they used when I was in high school it makes a great stink bomb. One of the guys I ran around with had heard that and got part of a can of the paint. We kept layering it on a board until it was about a 1/4 of an inch thick then broke it up in pieces. When lit it would put out a heavy smoke and stink like you couldn't believe.Yeah... Those outer "jackets" are about 1/8" to 3/16" thick of some pretty serious and tough sort of plastic - - almost like UHMW stuff with a durometer of about 90... I've seen bowling pins last through a complete match with everything from .38 Spcl's to .45 ACP being put into them.
Usually what ends up blowing out is the base. The rest of the pin might be pretty ragged, but still generally intact, except it won't stand worth a hoot as the bottom is history. Seems like the only place the wood has to go is down or something. Meanwhile, the skin or shell or whatever it is will show the holes, maybe a gouge, and rarely a full on split.
I reckon center-fire rifle bullets would pretty well destroy them in a few rounds, and all I've ever shot them with is handguns. But for handgunning practice, bowling pins are top shelf fun.