Bullet identification: A case of a fatal hunting accident resolved by comparison of lead shot using instrumental neutron activation analysis

G. Capannesi, A.F. Sedda

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Bullet identification by chemical analysis often provides a powerful clue in forensic science. A case is reported in which a hunting accident was resolved by using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) for direct comparison of the trace element content in lead shot. Different preparation batches of lead shot appear to have a high within-group composition homogeneity, and good differentiation is achieved between different batches. Determination of the nickel and antimony content on a bush branch demonstrated that the branch had been perforated by one of the shot pellets, and this helped the detectives in reconstruction of the crime scene.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657 - 662
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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