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Non-lead, environmentally safe projectiles and method of making same

United States Patent

5,760,331
June 2, 1998
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A projectile, such as a bullet, is made by combining two different metals in proportions calculated to achieve a desired density, without using lead. A base constituent, made of a material having density greater than lead, is combined with a binder constituent having less density. The binder constituent is malleable and ductile metallic phase material that forms projectile shapes when subjected to a consolidation force, such as compression. The metal constituents can be selected, rationed, and consolidated to achieve desired frangibility characteristics.
Lowden; Richard A. (Clinton, TN), McCoig; Thomas M. (Maryville, TN), Dooley; Joseph B. (Harriman, TN)
Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corp. (Oak Ridge, TN)
08/ 761,550
December 6, 1996
This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-84OR21400 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc. and the government has certain rights in this invention.