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    Question About Ammo Terms

    I have seen references to "wadcutter" and "ball" ammo. Can one of you experienced handgunners explain to this novice what these terms mean?

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    Sure.

    Wadcutters are bullets with a totally flat nose. Picture a flying cylinder or a tiny beer keg. They cut nice round holes in targets.

    Ball ammo is otherwise know as "full metal jacket." It's a solid bullet, usually round nosed, covered with a copper jacket.
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    Here's what wadcutters look like and ball the bullet would be completley round.

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    Those are actually semiwadcutters in the above post.

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    Thanks for the explanation guys. I heard competitive shooters talking about using a gun specifically made for "wadcutter" ammo. Now I understand the context of that comment.

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    Ball or full metal jacket is sometimes called "metal case" as well. This is not to be confused with the occasional "mental case" which is a person who likes Glocks.

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