If bullets are so hot when coming out of a gun, why do they not cauterize the entrance wound that they create?

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If bullets are so hot when coming out of a gun, why do they not cauterize the entrance wound that they create?

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the burning gunpowder is only in contact with the base of the bullet for a fraction of a second, not enough time to transfer all that much heat. while a bullet indeed gets hot after firing, it doesn’t get quite up to cauterizing temperature.

The bullet is going so fast there is no time to cauterize the entrance, and the heat gets dissipated, spread out, fast due to animals being full of water.

Speed and not enough heat.

The bullet generally only touches the skin for a fraction of a second — even if it gets stuck in the body, the bullet was never *red hot* so there’s just not enough heat to do anything.

same reason you can run your finger through a candle flame and it doesn’t burn… unless you do it real slow. heat transfer takes time.