Big Game Hunting Bullets
Bullets that are used for hunting game the size of deer and larger require two fundimental characteristics.
First the bullet must expand or "mushroom" upon impact to deliver maximum energy and shock to the target; secondly, the bullet must penetrate in order to create a
deep, quick-killing wound channel. Too light of weight or constrution for the intended game will result in the bullet fragmenting and poor penetration. If it is too heavy, the
bullet will penetrate and wound, but may not deliver the shock to kill the animal quickly. The ODHA has tested many bullet designs and has found there are three premium
bullets that can always be counted on to get the job done right.
The first is the bullet to which all other big game bullets are compared -- the Nosler Partition.This bullet has a partition in the center to prevent it from disintegrating completely, even at Magnum velocities
. A soft lead core in the front half that allows rapid expansion at any range. Upon impact, the front half expands violently, and sometimes disintegrates, but
the rear half continues to penetrate deeply, and usually exits the animal. (View the functioning of the Nosler above).
The second bullet is the Barns X bullet. The X bullet is made of solid copper without the lead core that most conventional bullets have. Expansion is
facilitated by a hollow front cavity design, which opens into pedals upon impact for quick energy transfer. The design retains most of its original
weight to provide excellent penetration.
The third is the Hornady Interlock.The Interlock design is similar to the Nosler. The lead core of the
bullet is held in place by an internal ring within the copper jacket. The new SST version of this bullet has a polycarbon tip to protect the tip. This very sharp tip
and boattail design at the base decrease drag and help the bullet better maintain velocity for more retained energy at all ranges.
There are many great bullets on the market today. Every rifle is different and will shoot some brands or
weights more accurately than others. The only way to find the best combination for your rifle is experimentation. Try as many as possible and you
will most likely find a winner that will get the job done when that once in a lifetime buck comes along.