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  1. #1 Research about Gunshot wounds, for shot story 
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    Hello there,
    i'm currently writing a short story and one of the scenes is about two detectives
    that run a crime scene with several bodies shot with a gun, all to the head, a professional hit, my problem is:

    I want to know what kind of bullet (and gun) does what kind of damage with a headshot to the forehead,
    and the exit wound in the back and vice-versa.

    Either a destructive exit wound, or a just bigger one than the enter wound, all that kind of info, and what kind of
    bullet would do that.

    Many thanks in advance. =)


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    Prince is hardly an authority on subject but has heard that low power, small caliber weapon such as .22 will actually cause more damage due to "ricochet" effect in cranium- kinetic energy remaining after initial penetration of same is insufficient to allow now deformed bullet to penetrate bone again so all force is dissipated in brain unless exit via eye socket or other weak point occurs. Supposedly this is method preferred by professional assassins, Prince cannot vouch for this. Read some true crime accounts or make contacts at local Medical Examiner if possible and by all means keep us posted here.

    12 gauge WILL blow head completely off, as will some more powerful handguns.

    Military trainees are witnesses to demonstration of military issue .223 round fired into metal jerrycan filled with water, ENORMOUS exit aperture relative to entrance.

    AMM-223 - Ammo 5.56x45mm Lake City Penetrator 62 Grain 20 Round Box M855 SS109 Made in the USA



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    So your're saying that - bullets that have the ricochet effect - are "supposedly" preferred by professional killers?
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    I have heard that the .22 LR is the preferred assasin's weapon, fired from a target pistol, for a head shot, at relatively close range. The reasons are varried but include the bullit bouncing around in the skull, the low report of the shot, the relative availablity of the ammunition. On the other hand I have worked on a victim of a suicide attempt who put a 22 to the bridge of his nose and survived. The round passed between the 2 hemisphers of his brain and came to rest under his scalp. He walked out of the hospital 6 weeks latter. Pretty significant brain damage but not fatal.
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