If you said not very, you would be right on the money. Anybody who has ever shot a board will tell you that wood is about as bulletproof as a wet towel. After all, there’s a reason that nobody carries heavy wooden shields into battle anymore. However, that’s just one board on its own. What about a succession of boards one after another? We have already seen that a few phone books lined cover to cover will stop even a .50 BMG round, so can six 2-inch boards stop a .308 in its tracks? Matt from Demolition Ranch aims to find out.

Using an Armalite AR-10, Matt initially predicts that he will have trouble drilling through all the boards on his first go. Well, it turns out that his bundle of firewood can’t really hold up to the power of the .308, and even after adding an absurd amount of boards to the test, domino-style, Matt discovers that the material holds no real stopping power to speak of.

“Golly, that is insane. Went through that entire stack of wood. Just a regular .308, not an armor-penetrating round or anything,” a flabbergasted Matt exclaimed in the video.

How much wood do you think a .308 can chew through? It might be more than you thought.

Additionally, the first section of the video would make more sense with the knowledge that Matt is a veterinarian when he isn’t conducting ballistic experiments. It just may explain all the cats.

Image is a screenshot from the YouTube video

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3 thoughts on “Video: How Bulletproof is Wood?

  1. Depend on the “Wood”! In 1812 in a Sea Battle between HMS Guerriere and USS Constitution (aka Old Ironsides). Constitution, had Triple Layers of 24-inches Thick White Oak and Live Oak that Could Shrug Off a 18-pound Iron Cannonball FIRED from Just 25-yards away…

  2. He’s testing softwood construction lumber. Not very resistant(you can gouge the stuff with your fingernail). I once fired a .44Mag into the end of a hardwood log(about 8″ dia.). I thought it would turn the log into toothpicks. The bullet penetrated about 0.75″! This was a HC-LSWC at moderate velocity. Next, I tried a max-loaded JHP. Got about 3″ penetration, and the bullet completely broke-up.
    Now, a rifle bullet is a different matter, but it still depends much on the target and the bullet’s construction/velocity/mass.

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