Confused by bullet abbreviations an acronyms used by manufacturers? We'll tell you what they meanand how they're used so you can pick the right one.
Military bullets with steel or tungsten core that penetrates steel armor. Bullet's tip isusually painted black for easier identification.
API: armor-piercing incendiary
Designed to penetrate armor and set target on fire. Tips are usually painted light blue.
BBWC: bevel-base wad cutter
Pistol bullet that's flat on both ends; has beveled base to increase accuracy similar to a boat-tail bullet.
BEB: brass-enclosed base
Pistol bullet with brass plug over exposed lead base to reduce lead exposure. Manyindoor ranges now specify use of this bullet to decrease lead contamination.
BJHP: brass-jacketed hollow point
Defensive pistol bullet that controls mushrooming and energy release over longer distances.
BST: Ballistic Silver tip
Used with hunting rifles, this Winchester bullet has a soft metal tip that causes rapidexpansion and penetration of bullet. Typically used for varminting and hunting light- andmedium-size game.
Rifle bullet with truncated conical shape at base of bullet. Streamlining stabilizes bulletand increases accuracy.
BTHP: boat-tail hollow point
Same as plain boat-tail but with a hollow point, which generates rapid expansion and penetration.
BTSP: boat-tail soft point
Like the plain boat-tail but with a soft point to increase penetration and expansion fromexposed lead tip.
BRPT: bronze point
Bronze insert in tip improves trajectory, velocity and energy transfer at extreme ranges.Tip expands rapidly when driven back through bullet. Excellent design for hunting long-range medium-size game.
Same as full-metal-jacket. Copper coating prevents bullet deformation in feed mechanismand barrel, reduces misfires and lowers risk of barrel damage.
Lead bullet dipped in copper; reduces lead fouling and is cheaper than copper coating.
Remington's premier bonded bullet. Retains up to 95% of original weight with maximum penetration and energy transfer. Progressively tapered jacket initiates and controlsexpansion nearly 2x. Unique design and bonded lead core delivers performance from 50to 500 yards.
Totally plated on all sides to decrease environmental lead contamination. Many indoor ranges use this ammunition exclusively to reduce lead clean-up costs.
EFMJ: expanding full metal jacket
Federal's answer to areas with restrictions on hollow points. A regular full-metal-jacket bullet with front rubber core covered by a copper jacket. When fired into target media,copper jacket collapses along serrations, produces petal-like expansion and deliversenergy without over-penetration.
EP: Expanding Point
Winchester-developed bullet for .25ACP for better stopping power for small calibers.Hollow point with round lead ball inserted into cavity ensures positive feed, increasesexpansion and transfers energy rapidly.
ERBT: Extended-Range Boat-tail
Remington bullet that produces long-range accuracy along with superior stopping power required for hunting.
FMC: full-metal case
Lead core fully enclosed with copper, nickel, brass or steel.
FMJ: full-metal jacket
Military round specified by Geneva Convention. Metal surrounds lead or steel core to prevent additional mushrooming of bullet, which may cause inhumane wounding.Usually has lead-exposed base.
FMJBT: full-metal-jacket boat-tail
Like FMJ but has a boat-tail to reduce turbulence and increase accuracy.
FMJE: full-metal-jacket encapsulated
Like FMJ but also has covered base and doesn't expose any lead.
FPJ: flat-point jacketed
FMJ with a flat point. Most .40 S&W and .30-30 Winchester rounds have this design.The .30-30 Winchester has a tubular magazine and uses a flat-point bullet to preventaccidental detonation during recoil, as front round's primer may come in contact with point of round following it.
FPPN: Flat Point Penetrator
The Flat Point Penetrator was specifically designed to take down big game in Africa. The bullet features a hard lead core that is surrounded by a copper jacket. The bullet is veryaccurate and produces bone breaking capabilities in one package.
FNSP: flat-nose soft-point
Similar to the FPJ but has lead-exposed point that expands on impact. Used for hunting.
Prevents ricochet by breaking apart on contact. Can be made from empty cartridge casesfilled with epoxy and compressed bird shot, metal dust or filings. Developed for air marshals to avoid over-penetration and ricochet aboard airplanes. All energy istransferred to the target, making it a devastating defensive bullet.
GCK: gas check
Metallic cup or disc is attached to bottom of lead-alloy bullet. Decreases gas blow-by,increases velocity and reduces lead fouling.
GDHP: Gold Dot hollow point
Speer's hollow point bullet with jacket bonded to lead core to prevent separation andcontrol expansion and penetration.
GS: Grand Slam
Speer's design for hunting big game. Jacket is 45% bigger at base to prevent rollback andretain bullet's weight. Internal jacket flutes ensure proper expansion. Bullet's core is aternary (three-part) alloy, which is poured into jacket at 900 degrees F to prevent jacketslippage.
HBWC: hollow-base wad cutter
Preferred by some target shooters, this flat lead bullet with hollow base punches neat,round holes in paper targets and makes scoring easier. Creates better gas seal to preventgas blow-by and increase velocity.
Federal's handgun defense bullet. Unique center-post design delivers controlledexpansion. Notched jacket transfers energy efficiently and penetrates barriers whileretaining stopping power.
HP: hollow point
Hollow cavity in bullet's nose allows expansion on impact.
HPBT: hollow point boat-tail
Rifle bullet with a truncated conical shape at base of bullet. Hollow cavity in nose allowsexpansion on impact.
HSP: hollow soft point
Exposed lead point and hollow cavity in nose permits expansion on impact.
HV: high velocity
Ammunition with velocity over 1,200 feet per second.
JFP: jacketed flat point
Flat lead point and full metal jacket. All .30-30 Winchesters have this bullet design.The .30-30 Winchester has a tubular magazine and uses a flat-point bullet to preventaccidental detonation during recoil, as front round's primer may come in contact with point of round following it.
JHC: jacketed hollow cavity
Jacketed bullet with hole in tip to promote expansion on impact.
JHP: jacketed hollow point
Jacketed bullet with hole in tip to promote expansion on impact.
JSP: jacketed soft point
Jacketed bullet with hole in tip to promote expansion on impact.
An all-lead bullet.
LRN: lead round nose
Solid lead bullet with round nose.
LSWC: lead semi-wad cutter
Lubricated solid lead bullet with semi-pointed nose. Swaged to form sharp shoulder to produce clean holes in paper targets. Good choice for target practice or general shooting.
LSWCHP: lead semi-wad cutter hollow point
Lubricated solid lead bullet with hollow point. Swaged to form sharp shoulder to produceclean holes in paper targets. Good choice for target practice or general shooting.
More than one ball or bullet in cartridge to increase hit ratio.
MC: metal case
Same as metal-jacketed bullet.
Bullets with most accurate design, weight, materials and consistencies. Used by snipersand target shooters.
MK: Match King
Made to exact tolerances by Sierra. Delivers record-breaking accuracy at long ranges.
Bullet is coated with molybdenum disulfide to reduce friction and increase velocity.
NBT: Nosler Ballistic Tip
Nosler developed this bullet with a polycarbonate tip that protects the bullet from damagein the magazine resulting from recoil. The tip also stabilizes the bullet for long-rangeshooting and insures reliable expansion when the bullet hits its target.
NP: Nosler Partition
Has two lead cores separated by bullet jacket. Top part of jacket is thin and promotesexpansion of bullet. Bottom part of bullet has thicker jacket that retains bullet's weight,stops fragmentation and increases penetration.
PEP: Positive Expanding Point
Specially designed by Winchester for extreme accuracy and maximum impact onvarmints and medium-size game.
PG: Partition Gold
Winchester's proprietary design delivers expansion and penetration on medium- andlarge-size game at wide range of impact velocities. Rear core is hard lead alloy, locked in place with a heel crimp to prevent core slippage and maximize penetration. Patented steelcup reinforces prevents core distortion at high-impact velocities.
Remington's revolutionary varmint and small-game bullet produces bench rest-levelaccuracy. Copper jacket is electrolytically bonded to lead core, producing near-perfectconcentricity and gyroscopic balance, once available only in custom-made match bullets.Exceptional sub-minute-of-angle accuracy for small game at extreme ranges.
Jacketed soft nose from Winchester delivers maximum energy on impact. Notches around jacket's mouth improve upset and ensure uniform, rapid expansion.
PSP & PTDSP: pointed soft point
Pointed bullet retains velocity over long ranges. Soft nose initiates rapid bullet expansion.Jacket and core toughness vary according to caliber and weight of bullet.
PTHP: Platinum-Tipped Hollow Point
A Winchester design for handgun hunters. Immediately transfers bullet's energy intotarget. Delivers penetration, expansion and accuracy.
PWC: pointed wad cutter
Lubricated solid lead with pointed nose. Formed by swaging process with sharp shoulder for clean hole-punching in paper targets. Good choice for target practice or generalshooting.
RN: round nose
Round nose promotes positive, reliable feeding.
SBK: Sierra Blitz King
Used for varmint hunting; has plastic tip inserted into bullet cavity, which expands onimpact and delivers high ballistic coefficient.
SFS: Supreme Fail Safe
Hollow point bullet with lead core and steel insert. Delivers controlled expansion, deeper penetration and bullet weight retention.
SJHP: semi-jacketed hollow point
Exposed lead tip expands more rapidly than jacketed hollow point design. Controlled penetration provides maximum energy transfer, making it suitable for hunting.
SJSP: semi-jacketed soft point
Exposed lead soft point with reliable expansion and deeper penetration than hollow point bullets. Copper jacket and swaged lead core improve concentricity, balance and accuracy.
Usually made from copper, bronze or brass alloy - but no lead. Designed for deep penetration in thick-skinned animals.
Same penetration as a round nose with better trajectory,higher velocity and energytransfer, better expansion control and deeper penetration than a hollow point. At closerange, usually offers better penetration and more controlled expansion. Excellentaccuracy potential and often used for short- to medium-range hunting.
SP: soft point
Exposed lead tip and broader point diameter provides rapid, controlled expansion atsomewhat lower velocities.
SPCE: soft point cutting edge
Semi-jacketed with cut-through jacket edge to partially lock in lead core. Deforms less inlight game than heavy game. Used for clawed game hunting.
SPCL: soft point Core-Lokt
Locks progressively heavier jacketed mid-section to lead core, preventing separation butallowing maximum energy transfer. Stays together on impact, expands in a controlledmanner and mushrooms uniformly to nearly twice the original diameter.
Pointed bullet normally used in modern military rifles.
ST: Super Shock Tipped
Hornady's design incorporates a pointed polymer tip that improves ballistic coefficientand increases velocity, accuracy and downrange power. Specially designed jacket gripsand controls expanding core, allowing maximum expansion while retaining mass andmomentum.
ST: Silver tip
Winchester's design has a special aluminum-alloy nose cap to protect lead core; deliversdeep penetration and has controlled expansion in small- and medium-size game.
STHP: Silver tip Hollow Point
Winchester's handgun bullet designed for rapid, controlled expansion to penetrate thinskin, light muscle and bone of small- to medium-size game.
SWC/SW: semi-wad cutter
Lubricated solid lead bullet with semi-pointed nose. Formed by swaging process,resulting in a sharp shoulder for clean hole-punching in paper targets. Good choice for target practice or general shooting.
SXT: Supreme Expansion Technology
Winchester's personal protection bullet. Designed with reverse tapered jacket, hasuniform expansion, greater accuracy and reliable firearm functioning.
TAP: Tactical Application Police
Designed by Hornady specifically for law enforcement. Heavier bullet weight and polymer tip provide rapid expansion and excellent barrier penetration (without over- penetration).
TC: truncated cone
Similar to an inverted cone, but with the top chopped off. Used in defense applicationswhere penetration through materials might be necessary. Ensures extremely reliable feeding.
TCHP: truncated cone hollow point
Same as truncated cone but with a hole in top to promote expansion in target.
TCSB: truncated cone solid bullet
Designed for penetration. Inverted cone aids in feeding, while pointed solid bullet drivesdeep into target.
TMJ: total metal jacket
Same as full metal jacket, except base is also jacketed.
TMWC: target-master wad cutter
Wad cutter bullets made to highest tolerances to achieve best accuracy possible.
V-Max: Varmint Express ballistic tip
Hornady's ballistic-tip varmint bullet has a polymer insert that aids in rapid expansiononce bullet hits target.
XTP: Extreme Terminal Performance
Hornady bullet designed for controlled expansion at wide range of handgun velocities.Bullet's jacket and core expansion rates are the same, reducing separation and increasingtrauma in target.
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