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How to choose the right bullet for your needs and your wallet.
When it comes to shooting, bullets are an essential component. And, yes, the pun was intended. Which bullet is best? As with so many things in life, the answer starts out as "that depends…."
Let's start by outlining our options. We have jacketed, plated and cast. Swaged is a subset of cast, with some advantages but more downsides in the mix.
Jacketed bullets are made by pounding a disk of copper into a cup, inserting a lead core and bashing the two until they form a unit. They can be full-metal jackets, hollowpoints or softpoints. Usually, the former is made by having the opening in the rear, and the latter two made by having the opening in the front....
Tracer Ammo Improves Shooting
A Glowing Review - New tracer ammo that won't torch your wallet or barrel.
Let's all be big boys and girls and admit it: Tracers are fun. Normally, we fire a shot, and the only way we know what happened is to look for the hole in paper or cardboard. Or we see the steel fall or hear it clang. But to actually see the bullet going downrange, that's cool.
However, every time the subject comes up, our dreams are crushed: Tracers are expensive; they are not made in more than a few calibers; they can be very hard on your barrel; and they set fire to things.
All those problems come from the essential element of tracers, which is a fiercely burning compound of one kind or another that is stuffed into the hollow base of a tracer bullet and ignited by the burning powder of your fired cartridge....
Triton .40 S&W 135-Grain Ammo
The .40 S&W semiauto cartridge has been thumping around since 1990.
The .40 S&W semiauto cartridge has been thumping around since 1990. It got its big push when Smith & Wesson and Winchester proved that they could equal midrange 10mm performance with a shorter cartridge out of a smaller gun.
The .40 S&W is not just a shortened 10mm. The 10mm case is built to magnum specifications with a much heavier web, thicker case walls and uses a large pistol primer. The .40 relies on a small pistol primer for ignition. The .40 case measures .85 inch in length and should be trimmed back to .84 for reloading. It takes RCBS shellholder No. 27 and should be loaded to a maximum length of 1.135 inches according to the Speer Reloading Manual Number 12.
To say that the .40 has gained substantial respect is an understatement. It is the most successful new semiauto cartridge of the last 50 years and joins the .45 ACP and 9mm in the top-three list of the last century....