Firstly, I am new here so greetings from a South African radiographer to all of you. I hope your New Year celebrations were great!
My special interest is gunshot wounds and in one of my cases a guy was shot in the heel and ankle and there was a curious projectile lodged in his tibia, such that it could only be seen on X-ray and could not be removed surgically (it would have destabilized the joint).
I showed the radiographs of the insert to some AFTE members and a helpful guy in Hungary suggested that the curious projectile was the insert from a 7.62 x 25 Sellier and Bellot round. I managed to get a sample of one of those here in the UK. Here it is:
When I X-rayed the insert from another sample (insert intact), I was able to reproduce exactly the radiological appearances of the gunshot case. My conclusion is therefore that the curious projectile that could never be retrieved from the guy’s ankle, is possibly an insert form a 7.62 x 25 S&B round (the version with the insert).
But, before I set off all the fireworks and pat myself on the back, I need to know a few things, and I hope you guys can help:
Are there any other rounds in existence, of any weight and calibre, that have an insert that matches the above sectioned insert in contour and proportion?
Are there any other Sellier and Bellot inserts that match the above insert, but are made from a material other than mild steel?
Is there a resource or a contact knowledgeable on inserts (mainly for handgun ammunition) who I can consult with about a separate matter involving inserts?
I appreciate your help, thanks in advance.