What Is A Semi-Wadcutter?

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  1. Rhuga

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    I don't know if this is the right forum for this question. Also, I think I remember sometime last year the subject of Semi-wadcutters came up. But, I can't find it.

    I am looking at buy some bulk ammo. They have the .38 Special 158gr Plated Semi-Wadcutter and the .38 Special 158 gr Full Metal Jacketed rounds.

    What is the benefit or difference of these two? Also, consider that they are both +P, if that matters,
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  2. Brisk44

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    The FMJ are rounded whereas the SWC has a squared off shoulder in order to leave a nice clean round hole in the target. Easier to score for competitive shooting.
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    Thank you Brisk.
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    I was taking a picture while H-D was giving you the answer. But I will add my photo anyway, ha.
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  6. JLA

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    I like semi wadcutters, they shoot great and make fantastic hunting bullets
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    Are you saying that the Semi-Wadcutters have more punch or shock than a round nose?
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    Yes. They punch a hole rather than just pushing their way through. On game they tend to cut holes through the vitals rather than pushing them to the side.
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    +1 to Diamondback. The .38 round nose is a holdover from when the military used revolvers. The SWC is an all-around better bullet.
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    Spot on guys.

    In my hutning experience a .44 mag SWC is more effective on game than an equal weight HP. Penetrates better too.
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    While I agree with every thing that has been said so far, I would like to add one more bullet to the list. The DEWC.

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    who make them? That looks a bit nasty.
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    According to one guy in the Walmart here that there is a stealth bullet and you will get he death penalty for just owning them......
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    I like HBWCs loaded upside down over data for a DEWC. Like a huge hollowpoint and makes a mess of a 5 gallon bucket of water.
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    http://www.midwayusa.com/find?userSearchQuery=DEWC

    Usually you find these in .38/.357, but you can get the extra wide flat nose in the larger pistol calibers. And they are nasty! 260gr. WFP for .44 caliber.

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  16. carver

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    I like em too! But you can't find em just anywhere. If you are buying some, where are you getting them?
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    Wadcutters are the classic target bullet. When shot through paper, it leaves a neat, round hole with sharp edges, that's easy to score. Wadcutters aren't accurate at longer ranges and lose velocity faster than more stramlined designs. A semi-wadcutter has a full caliber sholder and a short flat ended nose, more accurare than wadcutters at longer ranges. Much debate on sholders cutting tissue or flat nose causing cavitation of tissue around sholders. I believe the most tissue damage, for hunting, is from a large flat nose (meplat). I use a double ended wadcutter for my house gun; good tissue damage with less overpenetration. Pics tell a better story though...
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