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Old 01-24-2020, 03:14 PM   #1
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Curious as to what TBH thinks happened to my feeder leg. It was fine...a little rusty...but holding up well until I noticed a hole slightly larger than a quarter on the side recently. I've personally never shot a feeder leg or seen one shot, so I have nothing to compare it to, but this literally appeared overnight.

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One of my cameras faces this leg, so when I went back and looked at my pictures, I was able to narrow down the time frame to 2am-4am on the night it occurred. I have a picture of a small buck eating at 1:57am and no hole. Then 2 hours of nothing. Pictures start back up at 4:05am, hole is there.

Feeder was only half full (holds 300lbs). Everything else with it seemed level and fine.

I had a pop-up blind directly in line with the hole on the feeder leg about 100yds away.

Bullet hole, poachers, or aliens? Thanks for the input ahead of time.
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:16 PM   #2
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Both sides? I can't imagine anything but a bullet through there...
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:18 PM   #3
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Water got in there and froze. It expanded and blew out a small hole. I've seen tubular farm gates do the exact same.
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:22 PM   #4
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Odd shape for a bullet. I would think the entry side would be much smaller.
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:24 PM   #5
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Freeze wouldn't blow it open I don't think. Just a fracture but that metal does look like it's quite brittle.
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:27 PM   #6
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Termites
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:27 PM   #7
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Lightening? I've got not idea, but that's the first thing that comes to mind. Nobody is poaching out of your pop up at 4AM.
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:33 PM   #8
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Edges are rusted already. Looks like the freeze ideal stated above may be the right answer. That pipe has been laying on the ground in the past from the looks of the rust up the leg. Hole is in the same side as the rust stain too. Probably a weak spot that filled with water and froze.
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:35 PM   #9
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Filled with water, froze, and the pipe broke. I’ve seen it a few times.
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:35 PM   #10
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Rust maggots.
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:36 PM   #11
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Did the pictures have a temp. Stamp?
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:41 PM   #12
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I would bet money on freezing. It looks bulged out as froze and expanded.
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:43 PM   #13
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Second this one. I would give them another year though...
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Old 01-24-2020, 04:06 PM   #14
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I'm in the freeze in pipe crowd and will add, I would replace some legs before filling that feeder again, that leg doesn't look like it's gonna go much longer!
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Old 01-24-2020, 04:19 PM   #15
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Rust maggots.
Iím liking this educated guess.
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Old 01-24-2020, 04:21 PM   #16
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My 308 put a exit hole just like that first pic in a feeder leg. Entry hole was small though.
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Old 01-24-2020, 04:23 PM   #17
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If it indeed froze , then the leg would have to have been completely filled with water and no where for it to escape from in order to build up pressure enough to rupture pipe.
A possible reason for such a big entry hole is it was rusty and I the impact blew out the rusty part of the leg.



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Old 01-24-2020, 04:29 PM   #18
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You feeding pea gravel?
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Old 01-24-2020, 04:34 PM   #19
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I think both pictures are of the same hole. Not an entry and exit.

My vote is for a stress crack that decided to bulge out.
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Old 01-24-2020, 04:36 PM   #20
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It FROZE seen it happen on feeder legs and picnic table legs, i drill a small hole a few inches above the footing on items built with tubing for drainage.
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Old 01-24-2020, 04:39 PM   #21
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Old 01-24-2020, 04:52 PM   #22
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Old 01-24-2020, 05:00 PM   #23
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If it indeed froze , then the leg would have to have been completely filled with water and no where for it to escape from in order to build up pressure enough to rupture pipe.
I think the "freeze" comment was referring to the longitudinal contraction of the material, rather than expansion of water inside, due to low temps. Like the seinfeld episode... " I was in the pool!"

Maybe busted at a weak spot?
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Old 01-24-2020, 05:13 PM   #24
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If it indeed froze , then the leg would have to have been completely filled with water and no where for it to escape from in order to build up pressure enough to rupture pipe.
A possible reason for such a big entry hole is it was rusty and I the impact blew out the rusty part of the leg.



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The pipes don’t have to be full of water. It could be half full or even less, and the water freezes at the top first, it will then create the pressure needed to burst the pipe. I just had to replace the legs on a protein feeder that all 4 legs looked almost identical to the hole the OP posted. I put holes in the bottom of the new legs to let water drain.
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Old 01-24-2020, 05:27 PM   #25
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Squirrels!

The legs on a feeder I'm not using look like that. I have no idea what caused it, but I figured they just rusted out, got weak, and that part fell out.
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Old 01-24-2020, 05:28 PM   #26
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Frozen pipe.
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Old 01-24-2020, 06:01 PM   #27
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Metal Knot that finally gave way or you humped it tell it peed
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Old 01-24-2020, 06:48 PM   #28
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Lol @Charles

Freeze would be possible. My camera's readings aren't accurate, but it says it was 11 degrees that night. I don't think it was that cold, but it was definitely 20s.
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