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The Full Scoop on Nosler Ballistic Tip Ammo

The Scoop On Nosler Ballistic Tip Ammo
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Nosler Ballistic Tip ammo is built for hunters pursuing thin-skinned game like pronghorn as well as whitetail, blacktail, and mule deer. Here's why.

The vast majority of sportsmen and women in North America pursue thin-skinned game like deer and antelope. Indeed, it's likely that more people hunt deer than all other species of big game combined. For this reason, the big ammo companies all produce ammunition geared specifically towards deer hunting like Hornady's American Whitetail and Winchester's Deer Season XP.

Ask any deer hunter what they want with their ideal ammunition and they'll probably tell you that they want it to be reliably performing, accurate, and deliver lots of down-range punch at all practical hunting distances.

Bottom line: they want the bullet to hit exactly where they aim, quickly put the deer down, and do those things without fail every time.

Deer aren't extremely large, thick-skinned, or tough animals, so good deer hunting ammo requires different performance than ammunition designed for much bigger game like moose or African plains game.

Well, the Nosler Ballistic Tip line of ammunition is the Bend, Oregon based company's solution to this problem.

Nosler Ballistic Tip ammo is currently manufactured in most of the most popular deer hunting cartridges like .243 Winchester, 6mm Creedmoor, .25-06 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor, .260 Remington, .270 Winchester, 7mm Remington Magnum, 7mm-08 Remington, .280 Remington, .280 Ackley Improved, 7.62x39, .30-30 Winchester, .308 Winchester, .30-06 Springfield, and .300 Winchester Magnum. 

At this time, Nosler Ballistic Tip hunting ammo is only available as centerfire rifle ammo and is not manufactured as handgun ammunition.

All of these loads use Nosler Ballistic Tip (BT) hunting bullets, which may also be purchased as reloading components in addition to loaded ammunition.

Ballistic Tip bullets have a polymer tip (color-coded by caliber) that helps protect the bullets from deformation in the magazine, initiates expansion on impact, and improves their ballistic coefficient. In addition, these bullets also have a boat-tail design to further improve their ballistics and resistance to wind drift.

Designed for rapid expansion with impact velocities in the 1,800-3,200 fps range, these bullets have a tapered jacket and a solid base to ensure the bullet does not expand too rapidly or come apart upon impact. This is important because, for the most part, Nosler Ballistic Tip ammunition uses bullet weights that are at the lighter end of the normal weight range for each cartridge.

The end result is a bullet that's pretty flat shooting and delivers impressive terminal performance and clean kills on game like deer, antelope, and feral hogs.

Note that Nosler Ballistic Tip ammo is not really designed for extreme long range hunting (like the Hornady Precision Hunter line of ammo). It's also not intended for hunting extremely large and tough game (like Nosler's ammo loaded with AccuBond bullets). While you can absolutely use Ballistic Tip hunting bullets for varmint hunting, unlike the Nosler Varmageddon line, the Ballistic Tip isn't specifically designed for that task.

This ammo also does contain lead, so it's not permitted for hunting in California. If you need lead free ammunition, consider the Barnes VOR-TX or Nosler's own E-Tip ammo instead.

With all that being said, if you're looking for some reliable deer hunting ammo to use in your trusty 7mm Mag or .30-30 Winchester to take out for whitetail or pronghorn, then the Nosler Ballistic Tip line of rifle ammunition just might be the best choice for you.

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