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How strong is the human skull? What material can simulate its strength?

I been experimenting with projectiles, and been wondering what can I use to simulate a human skull. I've been shooting at a 1\2 inch thick peice of wood board, the projectile made it all the way through easily. When aimed at someones head, do you think this could peirce the skull and damage the brain, or do you think the bullet will just get stuck? How strong is the human skull anyway?

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bullrapids3 years ago
I don't have a reference to back it up but my physical-anthropology teacher down at Long Beach State claimed that if a human skull were duplicated exactly with oak, the real bone skull would be 14 times stronger.
xACIDITYx6 years ago
Planning an Obama Assassination, eh?

I'm not sure, but this may be of some help.
Lol, no I'm not planning to assasinate someone, I just want to see how lethal my old homemade weapons are. Thanks for the links.
Darn... Not, not that I was like hoping for an Obama Assassination or anything like that. That would be crazy.

No problem. Hope they help.
"It is completely illegal to say... 'I want to kill the president of the united states of America.' especially on tv. If you're on television, it is very, VERY illegal to say 'I want to kill the president of the united states of America.'"
Or this.
mikeasaurus5 years ago
The shape of the head along with the angle of strike and projectile dynamics are all part of the equation. However.... If you are able to penetrate a 1/2" of plywood then you can probably penetrate a skull with a direct hit.
Upon second look, your pictures show particle board. Decidedly weaker than plywood. Try it with a sheet of 1/4" and 1/2" plywood, the strength differs greatly. Post your results!
toogers5 years ago
the pig's skull is about as strong/thick.
coral97905 years ago
Well, yes! I have a real human skull and the police have shot at it......... Sooooooooooooo, YES!!!!!!!!!!