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Bullet-Base Basics

Whether to use a flat-base bullet or one with a boattail depends largely on the cartridge and the game being hunted.

Boattail vs. Flat-Base Bullets

Contributor Philip Massaro takes a look at how boattail and flat-base bullets perform at common hunting ranges in terms of both trajectory and wind deflection.

The Effects of Bullet Shape at Hunting Ranges

There’s no denying that modern bullets are nothing short of amazing, but does that mean the older, classic designs are obsolete? Let’s take a closer look at the real-world differences between various bullet designs when used at hunting ranges.


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