expanding type bullets

Discussion in 'Guns & Ammo' started by Joeyman, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. Joeyman

    Joeyman New Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    St. Louis Mo
    what exactly is a expanding type bullet? would a 30-30 shell or a .270 shell be a expanding type bullet. Centerfire
     
  2. ymurf

    ymurf Active Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    Steelville, Mo.
    It means not a jacketed bullet.
     

  3. JimH

    JimH Active Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    St. Louis
    expanding type buller refers to the type of the actual projectile. usualy lead core with a copper jacket that when hits game will expand. what is not an expandable bullet is full metal jackets, armor piercing and the likes. there are some newer bullets made by mfr such as barnes that do make a bullet that is an expandable type projectile but is all copper. the caliber is not what makes a particular round a expandable bullet, the actual bullet type in the case is what defines it.
     
  4. JimH

    JimH Active Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    St. Louis
    [rquote=1892730&tid=131827&author=ymurf]It means not a jacketed bullet.[/rquote]

    you mean full metal jacket. most comercial made bullets have some sort of jacket.
     
  5. Joeyman

    Joeyman New Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    St. Louis Mo
    is it written on the shell box?
     
  6. ymurf

    ymurf Active Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    Steelville, Mo.
    [rquote=1892739&tid=131827&author=JimH][rquote=1892730&tid=131827&author=ymurf]It means not a jacketed bullet.[/rquote]

    you mean full metal jacket. most comercial made bullets have some sort of jacket.[/rquote]
    Yea,Thats what I mean.
     
  7. mohunter32

    mohunter32 Senior Member Lifetime Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2005
    Franklin Co, MO
    [rquote=1892740&tid=131827&author=Joeyman]is it written on the shell box?[/rquote]


    Never seen it written on a box of shells.
     
  8. Unless you get military ammo more than likely its not full metal jacket it would say fmj if its the stuff you cant use
     
  9. mohunter32

    mohunter32 Senior Member Lifetime Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2005
    Franklin Co, MO
    If it is a polymer tip, hollow point, exposed lead tip it will be an expanding tip. There are probably other types out there too, but those are the ones I have experience with.
     
  10. sharps4590

    sharps4590 Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2010
    Northern Ozarks
    Virtually all ammo sold over the counter in sporting goods stores, gun shops or Wal-Mart is expanding bullet type ammo. As ghs said if it's FMJ it will most likely say so and is illegal for hunting in Missouri. As mohunter32 said all the polymer tip bullets are expanding. Another tip off is if there is exposed lead at the tip of the bullet. Caliber designation has nothing to do with it, just as JimH stated. Military surplus is FMJ.

    40 years ago I loaded some 110 gr., .277 cal. bullets for my .270 and they had the appearance of being hollow point match bullets, which would ordinarily be non-expanding. Although they appeared to be non-expanding they definitely expanded....violently. In that regard appearance can fool you if you don't know some details.
     
  11. Curtis

    Curtis Active Member

    Now if by chance someone forgot to buy ammo and they go this evening and all that's left is fmj, you could take a file to it. :thinking:

    Better than not hunting :pop:
     
  12. wolfgang

    wolfgang Senior Member

    Dec 10, 2009
    Springfield, MO
    [rquote=1893315&tid=131827&author=curtism1234]Now if by chance someone forgot to buy ammo and they go this evening and all that's left is fmj, you could take a file to it. :thinking:

    Better than not hunting :pop:[/rquote]

    What caliber? As long as the bullet has an enclosed base (no exposed lead on the bottom) it would be similar to how a match hollow point is legal, meets the legal definition, but performs like a full metal jacket on game.
     
  13. fishshooter

    fishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    Reform
    90% of what you will buy is prolly core-lockt, xp2, which are expanding bullets
     
  14. Curtis

    Curtis Active Member

    [rquote=1893454&tid=131827&author=wolfgang][rquote=1893315&tid=131827&author=curtism1234]Now if by chance someone forgot to buy ammo and they go this evening and all that's left is fmj, you could take a file to it. :thinking:

    Better than not hunting :pop:[/rquote]

    What caliber? As long as the bullet has an enclosed base (no exposed lead on the bottom) it would be similar to how a match hollow point is legal, meets the legal definition, but performs like a full metal jacket on game.[/rquote]

    7.62 is probably the best example people would run into. As long as it has a lead core, just file the copper and form a soft point tip. You wouldn't want to shoot very far because hard telling where you'll hit but 50 yards you should be ok I imagine.
     
  15. Joeyman

    Joeyman New Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    St. Louis Mo