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bullet base / pressure
jaegermister Member Posts: 692 ✭✭✭✭
edited February 2016 in Perry Shooter Competition Shooting and Reloading Forum
do boat tail bullets give a different pressure than flat base bullets?
Look at load data for the same manufacture & weight in both styles. If they (BT's) ran at a higher pressure, they would be listed separately.
For a given weight, the BT bullet has less bearing length, hence potentially lower pressure.
Published load data can be deceiving.
quote:...but the boat tail bullets fly better.
You might not want to suggest this to the point blank benchrest shooting crowd, especially those who hold world records for smallest groups using FLAT-base bullets.
There are several ways to answer this question and everyone will still yield more discussion until the physicists and photographers get together to perfect their techniques of actually recording the events as they actually happen.
I usually suggest reading a masterly tome:
"How Bullets Fly" to achieve the best understanding of everything you ever wanted to know about bullets in flight.
It can be a little daunting to get through but it will answer nearly every question you might have. Besides, there are some great photographs, graphs and GIFs to help with explanations.
"For a given weight, the BT bullet has less bearing length, hence potentially lower pressure."
Not necessarily. Do you know that the bearing surface of the 150 grain Cal .30 M2 Ball flat base bullet is almost identical to the 147 grain 7.62mm NATO M80 Ball boattail bullet?
"You might not want to suggest this to the point blank benchrest shooting crowd, especially those who hold world records for smallest groups using FLAT-base bullets."
Many point-blank Benchrest shooters have been using BT bullets for years, with success. Many mid-range Benchrest shooters have been using FB bullets for years, with success.
When you change bullet construction materials you are comparing apples and oranges. Solid copper bullets are longer for a given weight than a lead core copper jacket. Steel and tungsten cores will have their respective place.
But there's a lot more to it than that. Up to mid-range (500-600 yards) there are more important qualities than BC. Accuracy, for example. That's why you will find both BT and FB bullets being used by accuracy shooters such as Benchresters. They shoot the bullet that gives them an accuracy edge and the resultant fake-wood trophies. Beyond mid-range (700 - 1000 yards), environmental factors play a bigger and bigger role and the benefits of high BC bullets overtake the higher accuracy of lower BC bullets.
There's no one bullet best for all yardages and conditions. You have to use what shoots best (but you already knew that).[:)]
would be vectored to the out side against the chamber and then the barrel more than applied to the bullet base, by the boat tail design? and taking the same logic would not a cupped base put
more pressure on the bullet than barrel?
I am in the process of loading some very long , ballitically efficient boat tail bullets
in 7mm , and they extend down almost into the powder.
of course I will stay within the recommended loads , but can I
assume 150 gr bt is the same as a 150gr flat base?
My favorite bullet in 7mm is the 162 grain Hornady BT Match. The favorite load in my 7mm Rem Mag was a full case of H870 with the charge compressed by the bullet. T870 on the other hand is a case full to the bottom of the neck.
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There are not a lot of High BC 7mm bullets to choose from so I am assuming you are talking about one in the 180 + grain neighborhood? If so, those bullets require a very fast rifling twist otherwise you'll just be wasting powder.