What is a boat tail round?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JohnnyRobotic, Mar 7, 2004.

  1. JohnnyRobotic

    JohnnyRobotic New Member

    I've just started reading "Marine Sniper- 93 confirmed kills" by charles henderson, and it mentioned that hathcock took out an NVA soldier with a boat-tail .30 cal to the spine. What is the difference from a standard .30 cal bullet, or is that the standard?

    PS. The Book is FREAKING amazing thus far ! :D
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2004
  2. glocknut

    glocknut Active Member

    Refers to the shape of the back end of the bullet......

    Instead of being flat...its got a.....well.....i guess you could say it has beveled shape to it..

    An acuracy thing i guess... ?


  3. inplanotx

    inplanotx Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    That is correct, the base if beveled. It cuts down the air disturbace behind the bullet and helps to cut down aerodynamic drag. In easy terms, it keeps the bullet from slowing down and retain velocity.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2004
  4. Xracer

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  5. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    When I got my first 03A3 in '47, the most accurate bullet used at Camp Perry was the 172gr boattail. We developed loads for the Sierra 180gr boattail as the closest commercial equivalent. I've shot many different shapes of bullets and haven't found anything which matches it's down range accuracy and performance. Any bullet driven supersonic will benifit from a boat tail design.

    Just for you history fanatics, the old Herter wasp-waist 180 was within 1/10th" at 500 yards of the Sierra. It didn't upset as well as the Sierra, however, so I went back to the tried-and-true.

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