frangible bullet


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frangible bullet

A bullet which has a pre-scored outer jacket with a plastic round nose, containing compressed lead shot within. The result is a controlled fragmentation on impact, producing increased damage and less clothing-related problems. The tips, however, possess no explosive charges. If the gun barrel is not smooth and has any metallic projections, the bullet may split into two or more parts on leaving the gun barrel.
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Until recently the handloader has not been able to buy frangible bullets.
It is available in nine calibers--two rifle and seven pistol--and features Longbow non-toxic frangible bullets and non-toxic heavy metal-free primers.
The marshals say that their present ammunition should be replaced by frangible bullets "which break into smaller pieces on impact and thus have limited power to exit the target.
A lot of hunters choose lighter, more frangible bullets for hunting pronghorns, both for a flatter trajectory and to insure bullet expansion at long range on relatively light animals.