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American hunters love bullets, and for good reason. Ultimately, it’s the bullet that is responsible for making the kill. Jacketed bullets were the thing in the 1880s, and the ability to expand or mushroom the bullet was developed in the 1890s. Velocities increased to the 3000 f.p.s mark by 1910 and expanding bullets really upped the ante between WWI and WWII.

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Changing concepts of the big game bullet

Changing Concepts of the Big Game

Bullet

Changing Concepts of the Big Game

Bullet


Changing concepts of the big game bullet

American hunters love bullets, and for good reason. Ultimately, it’s the bullet that is

responsible for making the kill. Jacketed bullets were the thing in the 1880s, and the

ability to expand or mushroom the bullet was developed in the 1890s.

Velocities increased to the 3000 f.p.s mark by 1910 and expanding bullets really upped

the ante between WWI and WWII. So many bullets have come out ever since, and it’s

impossible to claim that you’re entirely aware of everything that’s available.


Changing concepts of the big game bullet

The Underlying Principles

The basic principles used to make frangible projectiles haven’t changed for more than

a century. Two underlying principles you need to be aware of are that velocity has

always been against bullet performance and bullet expansion causes greater

resistance, decreasing the chances of a successful penetration. Varmint bullets often

come apart upon impact and this is great for non-edible pests because it reduces the

chances of a ricochet.

However, you need a bullet that

stays put when dealing with big

game.

Some

prefer

penetration,

stating

wounds make it easy to follow the

animal. Others want their bullets to

stay within the animal, making sure

that the energy isn’t wasted on

trees and rocks. And both choices

deserve equal merit. The third

thing that you need to understand

is that bullet weight can actually

help cover up flaws in bullet

performance.

complete

that

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Changing concepts of the big game bullet

The Bullet Shape

Bullets tended to be round or flat-pointed when the tubular magazine lever action was

popular. However, modern day frangible bullets rely on sharp points to retain better

velocity. However, increased velocity isn’t usually a thing for many. Take the case of a

deer hunter. One would always prefer a blunt-nosed bullet knowing all too well that it

tends to deliver a far better impact.


Changing concepts of the big game bullet

The Tipped Bullet

Tipped bullets were

introduced

eighties

Nosler’s Ballistic Tip.

The tip is driven into

the

bullet

impact, allowing for

quick

expansion.

However,

absence of design

features

meant

that

bullet

wasn’t

most beautiful thing

to

look

recovered.

in

the

with

upon

the

often

the

the

at

once

Many preferred the Bronze Point, but most would agree that it expanded way too

quickly. These frangible bullets are great for mid-sized game, but one would always

prefer a tougher companion while hunting larger game.


Changing concepts of the big game bullet

The Bonded Bullet

The Bitterroot Bullet of the 60s was the first chemically bonded bullet, a bullet that

uses chemical bonding in its core for excellent expansion without having to suffer from

weight loss. These bullets may not offer the most penetrating designs, but they retain

most of their weight while penetrating the body to offer a decent combination of

penetration and expansion. However, bonded bullets aren’t always the most accurate

choice and their complex design often makes them more expensive as well.


Changing concepts of the big game bullet

The Homogenous Bullet

The Barnes X was the first bullet made without a lead core. These lead free bullets

have polymer tips and they tend to expand due to their skived noses. Expansion in

such bullets is usually limited and the bullet can only shed off its weight by shearing off

its petals.

Today, manufacturers are concentrating on frangible bullets that offer greater

reliability and better aerodynamics across the velocity spectrum.

Browning BXR Deer Centerfire Rifle Ammo present rapid expansion ballistic tips that

offer a decent balance between design features and expansion. ELD-X is another

popular hunting bullet that offers consistent expansion from up close to a distance of

roughly 300 yards.

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Changing concepts of the big game bullet

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