Loading the E-Tip®

Due to copper being lighter (less dense) than lead, E-Tips will be longer than lead-core bullets of equal caliber and weight. For example, a 30 caliber, 180gr Partition® has an overall length of 1.260” where the 30 caliber, 180gr E-Tip® overall length is 1.464”.  Because of the longer overall bullet length, E-Tips have more bearing surface in the rifling of the barrel, thus creating slightly higher pressures than lead-core bullets with equal powder charges.  This is why Nosler recommends starting at minimum powder charges and working up carefully in ½ grain increments and never going past maximum powder charges.  

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2013-10-30 22:44
John Bullet
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