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Can You Still Name These Bullets?

Can You Still Name These Bullets?

Can You Still Name These Bullets?   

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Lead Round Nose (LRN)

Lead Round Nose or LRN bullets are versatile, economical bullets for general purpose, used mainly in revolvers. They are very accurate and especially suitable for practice.

Wad Cutter (WC)

A wadcutter or WC is a special-purpose flat-fronted bullet specially designed for shooting paper targets Wadcutters are often used in handgun and airgun competitions for ease of scoring.

Semi Wad Cutter (SWC)

A semi wadcutter or SWC is a type of all-purpose bullet commonly used in revolvers. The SWC combines features of the wadcutter target bullet and traditional round nosed revolver bullets, and is used in both revolver and pistol cartridges for hunting, target shooting, and plinking. Full wadcutters frequently have problems feeding from magazines reliably in automatics, so SWCs may be used when a true WC is desired but cannot be used for this reason

Semi Wad Cutter Hollow Point (SWC HP)

Semi Wad Cutter Hollow Point or SWC HP with a nose deliver immediate expansion and efficient transfer of energy. They leave clean holes in paper targets.

Semi-Jacketed (SJ)

Semi-Jacketed or SJ FP bullets with flat exposed lead tips are suitable for short range shooting with revolvers. They provide good functioning in auto loading pistols.

Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point (SJHP)

Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point (SJ HP) bullets provide optimum expansion with controlled penetration. Due to the partly exposed lead in the nose, they are less suitable for pistols and they are mainly used in revolver ammunition.

Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP)

Jacketed Hollow Point or JHP  bullets have a full-length jacket with a hollow point. This construction provides deep penetration with controlled expansion and also enables reliable feeding into the chamber and good function in autoloading firearms.  These bullets are suitable for revolvers, too.

Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)

The Full Metal Jacket or FMJ is the most common type of bullet and consists of a soft core metal, such as lead fully encapsulated by a harder metal, such as copper.  They are usually pointy, round, or even flat. 

Hollow Point (HP)

Hollow or HP points are made to expand once they hit something.  They are the go-to round for police officer, CBSA, and an armored car guard.

Open Tip (OTM)

Open tip or OTM bullets look like hollow points since they have an opening at the top, but this is more because of their manufacturing process.  The openings are too small to expand effectively.

Regular FMJ’s are created from small copper cups where the bottom of the cup becomes the tip of the bullet.  Open-tip bullets are the opposite, with the bottom of the cup becoming the bottom of the bullet. The manufacturing process for open tip bullets creates a more consistent round than FMJ.

Ballistic Tip

This is what you get when you combine the aerodynamics of an FMJ with the stopping power of a hollow point.  This is a hollow point covered with plastic to mimic the profile of an FMJ.  

Boat Tail

The design of the Boat Tail produces less drag as the bullet flies through the air.  A Boat Tail can be added other projectile types.  An example is the HPBT it is short for hollow point boat tail.

Soft Point

In soft point bullets, part of the lead is exposed at the tip.  The softer lead is designed to flatten better when the bullet hits a target.  But for the most part, ballistic tips have surpassed the performance of soft points.


Partition bullets support an expanded mushroom and retain the rear lead-alloy core. The enclosed rear core retains more than two-thirds of the original bullet weight for deep penetration.

 | BC Firearms Academy



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