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Is It Possible To Create Ice Bullets And Fire Them?

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There are a number of arguments about the possibility of using ice bullets for ammunition. Read on and find out if it works.

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In this article:

  1. Using a Polyethylene Container
  2. Test Target #1 – Watermelon
  3. Test Target #2 – Water Jug

Does Frozen Ammo Like Ice Bullets Actually Work?

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 will try 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.

1. Using a Polyethylene Container

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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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2. Test Target #1 – Watermelon

Man raising watermelon | Is It Possible To Create Ice Bullets And Fire Them?
For the first test, we used a watermelon as our 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.

3. Test Target #2 – Water Jug

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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Watch the full video by TAOFLEDERMAUS using slug-like ice bullets:


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.

What can you say about the possibility of making ice bullets? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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

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  1. kirkdickinson

    January 24, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    What about using a frozen metal? Like Mercury. -38 F it becomes solid. Shoot it before it thaws and it would have a lot of mass.

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