Ice Bullet Mythbusters: Is It Possible To Create Ice Bullets And Fire Them?

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November 3, 2021 / Comments (3)

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There are a number of arguments about the possibility of using an ice bullet for ammunition. Do you think it will be effective an effective alternative to the usual materials to a slug?

Read on to find out.

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Does Frozen Ammo Like An Ice Bullet Actually Work?

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Shooting Frozen Bullets

Can you really use ice bullets and shoot them with a gun? This isn't the first time people have asked if it's possible to use an ice gun to fire ice bullets.

Will they still be lethal to the target? Or will they melt before they actually hit?

We are going to revisit this concept and see if people have come up with a way to make ice ammunition. This video tried to mimic a shotgun slug with the ice material in Polyethylene.

What is Polyethylene? A very common plastic material used in a wide range of applications due to its toughness and flexibility. A few examples are food containers, plastic wrap, and grocery bags.

However, frozen water is not very heavy, so the key is to make the slug as big as possible.

Ice Bullet Material

sample-plastic-bottle-part-pet-preform | ice bullet container

The ice was placed inside a thin Polyethylene container and was frozen with dry ice at about 100 degrees below zero. It resembled a shotgun slug, which fit in the chamber and was ready for firing.

The following tests will demonstrate if the ice bullet gun shoots ammo that is too light or too fragile.

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Testing Out the Ice Bullet

1. Watermelon

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For the first test, watermelon was used as a target. Unfortunately, the low density of the ice kept it from traveling in a straight line when shot at approximately 50 feet.

The ice bullet, being lightweight, tended to curve around before reaching its destination. It didn't have enough weight to fly straight.

2. Water Jug

water-big-bottle-on-mountains-rivers | bullets made from ice

With the second target, the ice bullet was still inaccurate and still missed. It hit slightly to the left and a few inches above the target.

Despite the bullet's failure in the accuracy test, the ice round penetrated through the 20-millimeter thick plywood. The big sheet of plywood was just behind the water jug.

This shows that ice traveling at great speeds can still do a lot of damage.

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It seems pretty obvious a bullet made of ice is not really suitable for shooting. It doesn't have enough weight to keep it from flying in a curved line.

These tests show that ice bullets perform inaccurately compared to regular shotgun slugs. From this information, you can already imagine how smaller ice bullets would do in the same scenario.

Maybe ice material simply doesn't have what it takes to be a great shooting bullet.

Which material do you think best works for a shotgun slug instead of using ice?

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on November 28, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

3 Responses to :
Ice Bullet Mythbusters: Is It Possible To Create Ice Bullets And Fire Them?

  1. David Hendrickson says:

    Thanks for all the goodies. 2XL shirt and handbook the vidioes were great also. Your store is awesome. Thank you for all the expertise on helping me pick out my new 308 and your help with placing the right scope on it. I need more ammo so ill be back.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What if the ice slug had rifling? What if the balance of the ice slug was modified using salt to change the density of parts of it?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Ice molded around copper for weight . May help. Rifling will always be in the ice only.Food for thinking.

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