Many people think that the only hunting bullet to choose is the most streamlined spitzer boat tail bullet available. They are under this impression because they look only at the paper ballistics charts and equate killing power with foot-pounds of energy. This is not necessarily true.
If shooting at extreme long range, where range estimation errors can result in problems holding the cross-hairs above the target, the high ballistic coefficient of the spitzer boat tail is worthwhile. However, it must be remembereed that the problem is getting a bullet into the target at all. If the over-riding problem is actually hitting the target, then the spitzer boat tail should be chosen.
In most hunting situations, however, range estimation is not the problem. The problem is the performance of the bullet either in the target or the intervening brush. For this, the round-nose is by far the superior design. Empirical testing clearly shows that the round nose bullet at moderate velocities travels through brush with minimal deflection. Spitzer bullets normally deflect wildly in passage through any brush or grass on the way to the target.
The round-nose configuration also has an advantage in performance on the target. A round-nose bullet can be made with controlled expansion features which will work with absolute reliability over a very wide spectrum of impact velocities. This is not true for the highly streamlined spitzer bullet. The little room available in the nose leaves the design engineer with only a few things that can be done for reliable control of the expansion. This creates an engineering imperative which results in a relatively narrow spectrum of impact velocities at which the spitzer will properly perform.
When all is said and done, pick the spitzer boat tail bullet if your shots are truly over 300 yards. When you do, know that you are solving the problem of hitting the target but will not get super premium performance of the bullet in the target. For shots under 300 yards, take the round-nose bullet and don’t worry about the trajectory.
A-Square Ammunition is packaged for the trophy hunter. A-Square boxes and wallets are indelibly labeled, color coded, and near indestructible. You can tell at a glance which ammunition you have. The packaging is water-proof and retains its shape despite rough handling in a pocket, the glove compartment of a vehicle, or anywhere else.
A-Square packaging is also IATA approved for carriage in checked baggage on passenger aircraft. The trophy hunter need only put A-Square ammunition in his suitcase and go to the airport. A-Square complies with all airline requirements for ammunition under UN Code 0012 and IATA packaging instruction 132.
A-Square Ammunition is loaded with the following weights and styles of bullets:
The .450 N.E. (3 1/4″) has been discontinued and can no longer be supported. This cartridge started out as a black powder cartridge in the 1870’s. It has gone from there to Black Powder Express, to Nitro for Black Powder, and thence to Nitro Express. Cartridge, chamber and throat dimensions have gone all over the map in the ensuing 130 years. Further, we have seen barrels with grooves as tight as .450″ and bores as tight as .438″ to grooves as loose as .461″. Though these dimensional variations may work with black powder and cast lead bullets, they are totally unsafe with smokeless powder and jacketed bullets. For smokeless powder and modern .458″ bullets to safely work, the groove diameter must be .458″ with a bore diameter of .450″. There are too many rifles in .450 N.E. (3 1/4″) that do not have barrels of such dimensions and therefore we cannot safely suppor