All of our round tip and spitzer bullets are
designed with the longest ogive practical in that caliber. For a good ballistic
coefficient, the length of the ogive is much more important than the nose design. Bullets
designated as flat point are for tubular magazine applications, and are designed similar
to older Winchester shapes. (Note: Ogive refers to the curved portion of the nose of a
bullet, and is measured in diameters. The larger the number, the higher the ballistic
We do not make any boattail bullets, as they have
several disadvantages and no beneficial effect until velocity drops below 1100 F.P.S.
(speed of sound).
The round tip and round nose designs expand more
reliably over a wider velocity range and are less sensitive to what they hit.
For those interested in learning more about bullet
performance on game, we recommend that you read John Taylors books, African
Rifles and Cartridges and Pondoro. Perhaps no other man has shot more game
under hunting conditions with a wider variety of rifles and cartridges. For reliable
expanding bullets, he found those with a large amount of lead exposed to be the most dependable, the heavier the better. His experience with copper or
protected point bullets was that they performed erratically. Elmer Keith made similar
comments in some of his books. We all would do well to listen to the voice of such
Many customers have asked if we "bond" our
cores. Our tests have shown that "bonding" (soldering) is detrimental to
accuracy. We have developed a proprietary process that gives the same results with superb
accuracy. You can depend on our bullets to hold together. Even with 2-3 diameters of
expansion, 85-95% weight retention can be expected. (Ref. Independent
Our bullets do not automatically come with a cannelure. Because of
our soft jackets, many of our customers find that crimping is sufficient. (See Lee Factory Crimp Die) However, if you would like a cannelure, we can
add this feature at an additional cost. Just tell us where to locate it for your
Guidelines for Bullet Selection
Bullet choice is at best a compromise, and no single
selection will serve in all situations. However, here are a few basic concepts to
consider. The weight of a bullet that you can use in any barrel is limited by the rate of
twist and velocity. Poor accuracy will result from an inappropriate choice.
For lower velocities (under approx. 2300 fps), a
bullet with more lead exposed is almost always required for adequate expansion. At higher
velocities you need to be a little more selective, depending on the game and distances
involved. Heavier bullets with better sectional density are almost always the better
choice for larger game. Of course accuracy is the overriding requirement within these
All bullets listed with .025 jackets are designed
for use in low velocity rifles and single shot pistols, and deliver good expansion. Select
a thicker jacket for higher velocities or larger, tougher game.
In smaller sizes the .030 jacket works well on deer
at medium velocities. The .035 jacket performs very nicely on heavier game and small to
medium caliber high velocity magnums. For instance, our 7mm x 175gr x .035 and .308 x
200gr x 035 are perfect for the hottest magnums, yet will still expand at long ranges. The
larger calibers with .050 jackets are suitable for the largest game and highest
velocities. The .065 jackets are appropriate for only the very toughest applications.
We carry a large inventory at all times. However, we
do have stock outages on particular items. Please order in advance of your needs to insure
availability. Most out of stock items can be shipped within 3-4 weeks.
When ordering, please specify quantity, weight, jacket thickness and
shape (i.e. RT, RN, SPZ, FP, HP). It is helpful to let us know as much about your
application as possible so we can be sure to provide you with the best bullet for your
specific needs. The reason we offer such a wide selection is because no single bullet is
ideal for all applications. If youre not sure which bullet will work best for you,
we are always more than happy to assist you.
"Don't forget to check out the section on Terminal Ballistics before making your selection."