boat tail ammo?

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  1. secret.squirrel

    secret.squirrel XDTalk Member

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    is boat tail ammo better than regular? is there any draw backs? i heard it was more accurate at longer distances, but does it do worse at close range targets? i'm looking at buying some in 5.56. all the XM193 ammo for sale is boat tail. just wanna know what i'm buying. :confused: thanks
     
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    For my Varmit rifles I only use boat tail ammo. It is more accurate, although I cannot tell you why exactly. I have done lots of tests over the fifty years that I have been shooting and it is always more accurate.
     
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    This article provides some discussion on bullet shape and ballistic coefficients: Ballistic Coefficient
     
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    Depends. A boat tail bullet is designed for long range stability/accuracy, beyond 300yds. For ranges under that, you'll find many flat base bullets outshoot a boatail. In my 260ai, most of the BT bullets I shoot at 100yds group worse than the falt base. Move to 300yds & the BT starts to pull away. The accuracy diff. is measured in fractions though, not inches.;)
     
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    HB of CJ XDTalk 1K Member Founding Member

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    All kinds of stories why they boat tailed that dinky, light bullet. One version I heard was that the Generals still believed they were fighting the...Spanish American War...all over again.

    Another story is that with the automatic loading machinery, the boat tail design solved certain mechanical problems/concerns getting that tiny slug to go into a small case quickly...by the zillions.

    With the 5.56x45 round, having a boat tail with a 55 grain bullet probably doesn't make any difference, unless you are trying that impossible 500 meter long shot. Wrong weight bullet.

    However, if one wants long range out of a small package, then the boat tail 5.56 round makes a big difference at very long ranges. We used the M193 because it was cheap. HB of CJ

    boat tail M193 Post
     
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    That "impossible" 500 meter shot that Marines make every day of the week?
     

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