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Hydrostatic shock

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The term hydrostatic shock describes the theory that a penetrating projectile produces remote wounding and incapacitating effects in living targets, in addition to local effects in tissue caused by direct impact, through a hydraulic effect in liquid filled tissues. There is scientific evidence that “hydrostatic shock" can produce remote neural damage and produce incapacitation more quickly than blood loss effects. The debate between proponents of bullets that are "light and fast" versus bullets that are "slow and heavy" often refers to this phenomenon.

Question is, it is just a theory or does it really exist? I partook in a discussion years ago on a hunting forum. Should have seen the fireworks there.

Flame on.
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I am not sure how important it is in handgun at their velocities. However, having hunted for many many years the high velocity obviously causes additional damage. All you have to do is look at the amount of blood shot tissue to see that. Deer are especially easy to kill with high velocity bullets. Some other animals are not affected as much.

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