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  • #16
    U-238 (depleted uranium) is just fine to handle. It is dangerous in the sense that it is a heavy metal and is a TOXIC substance. If you had enough of it enter your blood stream or resperatory system then you might want to seek medical help ASAP! But other then that it's just metal. It has the same hazards as lead nothing more. U-235 however is unstable and highly radioactive. The reason U-238 is used for armor and armor peircing amunition is because it's heavier aand denser than lead.

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    • #17
      If you shoot a D/U tipped round it will catch fire as it leaves the barrel of your rifle or big gun or why. It will also explode on impact sending Uranium dust everywhere.. It IS dangerous no matter how you slice the pie. I'll have to go look for the link I found and post it here.
      Its a wild vid to watch...
      Will it weld? I loooove electricity!

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      • #18
        Originally posted by SignWave View Post
        If you shoot a D/U tipped round it will catch fire as it leaves the barrel of your rifle or big gun or why.
        are you asking what makes the round glow as it is shot? on crew service weapons, like the .50 cal machine gun, there are tracer rounds that light up when traveling down range. these rounds are capped with phosphorous. usually it is every fifth round that is a tracer, so that the soldier can see where his aim is at night.
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        • #19
          no no no . they're not tracers. Serioously, Let me find the link... I'll be back

          these things ae really scary..
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          • #20
            Okay maybe you're right W1. At least you've got me thinking but have a look at this :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgrzGslrYQc

            I know that this choppers gun can spit em' out mucho pronto...so maybe that is tracerf ire that I saw, but.... I know what I know.. D/U will explode on impact.
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            • #21
              look at all the fire in the dirt from some of the rounds that missed the target as he's taking out the wrecks...hmmm.
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              • #22
                First off thats a General Electric M-134 6 barrel gatling gun with a fire rate of either 4,000 or 6,000 rounds a minute (selectable, some civilians will modify them to shoot 3,000 rpm to save money on ammo) chambered for 7.62mm NATO. Secondly those are sparks, ricocheys (sp?), fragments of burning material, etc... Not exploding rounds. You won't find depleted urainium in anything lower than a 20mm. Even then you would be hard pressed to find them. They become common in the 30mm to 40mm range for vehicle mounted automatic cannons such as the Avenger cannon system on the A10 thunderbolt or the Bushmaster weapons platform commonly found on the bradly fighting vehicle or the apache attack helicopter (both weapons systems are for the 30mm round). 30mm rounds are about the size of a beer bottle maybe a little bigger. In the case of that videeo the real concern is lead poisoning witch is extremely similar to the efects of DU, so I'd be far more concerned about issues with lead than DU since less then 0.5% of the bullets fired in combat every year are actualy DU. Just curios but why did you thnk that was DU to begin with?

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                • #23
                  as I was watching the vid, the rounds that were hitting the ground, were causing a great deal of fire and smoke and I guess the tracers made it look a little intimidating.

                  General Electric " we bring good things to life..."

                  So at 3000 rounds a minute, were talking what? $125,000.00 an hour to shoot the thing?
                  Will it weld? I loooove electricity!

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                  • #24
                    Gotta love that video....Especially the old Huey hauling it around. Your right about the tracers and sparks. An awesome sight especially at night. Was stationed at 29 palms Marine corps base for a couple of yrs and worked in the unit that ran all the live fire exercises. Wish I had more pics, but the live night fire was something to see. A whole infantry battalion on line across the dessert valley, armor, artillery and air. All at once. Good times
                    Last edited by HMW; 10-11-2007, 06:23 AM. Reason: Can't type
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                    • #25
                      Depleted Uranium

                      for those interested, here's a fairly decent
                      web page about depleted uranium.

                      http://www.globalsecurity.org/milita...nitions/du.htm

                      and the m134 (the gun in the video)

                      http://www.globalsecurity.org/milita...stems/m134.htm

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by SignWave View Post
                        as I was watching the vid, the rounds that were hitting the ground, were causing a great deal of fire and smoke and I guess the tracers made it look a little intimidating.

                        General Electric " we bring good things to life..."

                        So at 3000 rounds a minute, were talking what? $125,000.00 an hour to shoot the thing?
                        I once calculated the cost to fire one for a year straight using cheap surplus ammo prices at 4,000rpm and the number was well into the billions.
                        On average 2-4,000 rounds is the standard loadout in many typical situations, then again you don't need much with that kin of firepower at you fingertips.

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                        • #27
                          Carl Sagan used to say: "Billions and Billions"
                          Will it weld? I loooove electricity!

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by SignWave View Post
                            Carl Sagan used to say: "Billions and Billions"
                            I think the way he always said the word "methane" was halarious!

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                            • #29
                              thank you

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                              • #30
                                SOMETHING APPROPRIATE TO THE THREAD (not shouting.. just getting attention.)

                                This thing live in my fair city of Vancouver BC. Its sat in the same place as long as I can remember... Have a look at the photo's...
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