People call me superstitous, but I run a rod and patch through my rifle everytime I load it. The cleaning rod with patch attached is in the case next to the rifle to remind me. As much as humanly possible keep an eye on the muzzle. Do not lean the barrel against rough tree bark, lay the rifle on the ground or do any of a thousand things to introduce foreign material into the barrel.
It is difficult to understand all the circumstances here without some facts about the target composition and construction.
Ricochets can occur with almost any weapon under the right conditions.
I know of at least one case where an IDPA Range Officer was hit with a dime size disk (from a 110 grain .357 SJHP) in the throat because steel plates had been put too close to the firing line.
And, of course, NEVER shoot bowling pins with .22 LR at twenty five yards. (or closer!)
You will poke your eye out!
Can a sword really split a bullet?
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