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Does the Bullet's Tip Melt While Going Through the Air?

Don, I think its very possible,also it probably depends on the structure of the bullet and they way the tip is bonded to the bullet...hmmm...anyways i have the perfect solution...Nosler Acubonds!!!!

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I haven't tried Accubonds, yet, Nonya -- what kind of luck have you had with them? Have you tried 'em on anything heavier than deer?

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Well thank's you guy's. I don't subscribe to the premium buttet's myself. It doesen't really matter to me if the tip does come off or, as in the mag tip, is never there in the first place. I've shot a lot of game with standard Hornady, Speer and Remintgon bullet's without any problem's.

I think it was ICL that first brought out the plactic tip bullet, a resounding failure. Then their use in varmit bullet's seem to have sealed their fate, but in hunting weight bullet's, big game, the report's I read were that they were to explosive early on. Huh, probally because that tip acts like a splitting maul in the core of the bullet. I understand Nosler has fixed that problem.

I've used a lot of Speer hot cores and Hornady inter lock's over the years and they've never let me down. Of course it may be that I'm to chea,,,,thrifty to pay the extra 2 cent's to try the premium bullet's.

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Does the Bullet's Tip Melt While Going Through the Air?

ok how about thous virmint bullits that have plastick tips??

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Great point on the ballistic tips. If you believe the lead melts (either from barrel heating or post muzzle), it doesn't stand to reason that a plastic tip would stand a chance or even be wise (plastics combust or melt depending on the plastic at temperatures far below the melting point of lead) where lead fairs no better.

Furthermore you would think the melting would be a function of muzzle velocity. None the less you can purchase 204 ruger hornady v-maxes (32 grain) at 4220 fps (muzzle) and 17 hmr as well for that matter.

This isn't to say that speer did or didn't photography bullets with missing tips. If the tips were missing I'd look elsewhere before considering melting.... The barrel is a violent place and many other factors could lead to missing tips (rate of twist stabilization, manufacturing process of the bullets, aspect ratio of the bullet, impurities in the bullet, ad nausem).

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Actau;;y most of the plastic tipped bullets use a teflon tip that has a higher combustion/melting point than lead.

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Polycarbonate tips would be the plastic we are referring to. On impact these tips are forced back, into a hollow cavity at the front of the jacket. The front of the jacket has very small perferations or slits.
When the polycarbonate tip is force back, from impact. It force the tip of the jacket to begin to flare. Which upon contact with flesh or hide begins mushrooming.
Expansion is controlled by jacket thickness. Tapered wall, thick wall, thin wall, optimal velocity range.
They spend years testing the variations before putting these bullets on the market. When they find a combination that reacts for the need they are developing for, it's a keeper.
My opinion. The bonded core bullets are the best thing developed for hunting since the bow and arrow. Along with controlled expansion jackets and antimony lead cores, they retain a large percentage of weight, which in turn retains a larger amount of kinetic weight.
Good stuff.

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Does the Bullet's Tip Melt While Going Through the Air?

how does that have anyting to do with the topic of this thread?We all knkow how a bullet is designed to work the topic is wether or not the tip of the bullet could melt in midair...

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Your topic. You wanted to dicuss teflon tips and Accubond bullets.
A lead tip I know of. Polycarbonate tips I know of. Teflon I don't. Unless you're referring to the bullets that are designed to penetrate a kevlar vest.
I like lead. Lets talk about lead. Give us your infinite wisdom.
Polycarbonate is used in bullet proof glass. A 1/4" thick sheet will stop a standard 30-06 round but will melt with laquer thinner. as far as lead or poly melting from a 1/2 second exposure to heat. I don't feel the exposure time is long enough to have any affect.
I don't recall the exact percentages. Lead tip bullets typically have antimony which makes the lead harder. The tip being a 6% antimony and the core a 10% or greater antimony.
I recently read an articule by one of illustrious gun writers. I don't recall as a quote but, he stated that the very tip of a bullet had little effect on it's flight.
I have cut bullet in half to see their composition. I don't recall a lead bullet that had a hollow cavity between the tip and the core, as the poly tip bullet do. I don't doubt that the lead tip could separate from the bullet but, there would also be damage to the jacket where the tip is retained. There is always that percentage of human error or manufacturing error.

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These bullets are tipped with polymer,teflon is a name brand of polymer.Clear enough for ya?

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