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    Senior Member -gunut-'s Avatar
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    Question about the .40

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    Why is the nose flat?

    I have always wondered...
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    I am fairly certain the bullet is a flatnose to duplicate the shape of a hollow point. Regards, Richard

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    It's got to due with the epanding rate of the bullet. Where a hollow point will sometimes fragment a blunt nose will stay together, and wad up as it exspands. The whole idea is to make the wound cavity as large as possible. Hollow points can plug up with fur or clothing and lose a lot of impact also.
    Hope this helps a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldy View Post
    It's got to due with the epanding rate of the bullet. Where a hollow point will sometimes fragment a blunt nose will stay together, and wad up as it exspands. The whole idea is to make the wound cavity as large as possible. Hollow points can plug up with fur or clothing and lose a lot of impact also.
    Hope this helps a little.
    I am still lost lol

    .45 and 9mm ball are round so I don't see why the .40 is not.

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    The truncated cone shape allows for an acceptable overall length while using FMJ bullets. The .40 S&W cartridge was designed to fit into 9mm-size pistol frames which limits the overall length that the cartridge can have. The flat bullet is shorter than a rounded one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterburybob View Post
    The truncated cone shape allows for an acceptable overall length while using FMJ bullets. The .40 S&W cartridge was designed to fit into 9mm-size pistol frames which limits the overall length that the cartridge can have. The flat bullet is shorter than a rounded one.
    Oh! I c

    Now that makes sense!


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