FAQ

Why should I get a rebated boat tail design for a bullet?

Four reasons to buy a Rebated Boat Tail (RBT) bullet over a conventional boat tail:

1. The 90-degree shoulder between the angled base and bullet shank will provide a better seal in the bore causing a more rapid and concentric transition from the muzzle to free flight with less turbulence

2. The bullet conforms faster and more efficiently to the rifle bore resulting in quicker sealing and less gas blow-by

3. Using RBT projectiles will allow for a significant increase in barrel life by slowing down barrel throat erosion that results from the effect of burning propellant gases in a newer barrel. Even an older rifle suffering with throat erosion can perform better

4. RBT gas sealing adds another 10 to 15 percent improvement in accuracy by deflecting gas in an annular pattern around the muzzle rather than letting gas become focused in front of the bullet

To learn more about the Alco RBT design in detail go to our Superior Engineering RBT article.

How are copper jacketed bullets made?

Simply put the manufacturing process for a copper jacketed bullet begins as a thin sheet of copper coin and is moved through a series of press dies to be formed into a jacket. A lead core is inserted into the jacket for weight. Swaging is the process of the initial forming of the bullet. The final process includes forming the base and meplat of the bullet dies for precision.

Alco is unique in that we use a  seven step handmade process to make a rebated boat tail precision long distance bullet. These ultra low-drag bullets are known for their accuracy in the wind.

Does the meplat allow for more distance and accuracy?

The meplat of the bullet is the tip. As a bullet flies through air it encounters a great deal of resistance. A projectile with a sharp meplat will be more efficient against the forces of air resistance and wind drift providing more range and accuracy over other projectiles.

Alco provides quality machined metal tips to have the sharpest meplat possible for long distance precision bullet performance. It is just one part of the equation we use to develop ultra low-drag precision bullet. Alco offers shooters an edge in long distance accuracy

What advantages do heavier grain bullets offer?

.452 ALPHA HUNTER 325 Grain, Smokeless Muzzle Loader, 12 Ogive, Machined Aluminum Tip

– A heavier bullet produces more energy on impact at the target thus improving your terminal ballistics.

– A heavy bullet will help manage wind drift.

– You can carry a longer range given the right power charge.

In 30 caliber, Alco Bullets offers a range of projectiles starting at 155- to as heavy as 240-grain for long distance shooters. Other heavy weighted bullets include .452 and .284 calibers. To see Alco’s offerings go to “Shop Bullets”.

How much does seating depth affect accuracy?

By tweaking your seating depth in a barrel that is in good shape, you can increase accuracy. The Cartridge Over All Length (COAL) and Cartridge Base to Ogive (CBTO) has a significant effect on pressure and velocity of the rifle cartridge. A bullet seated long with extra powder will allow you to achieve greater velocity at the same pressure than a cartridge with a bullet seated short. CBTO is a critical because it’s directly related to precision potential, and you control it by simply setting bullet seating depth. Once you find the CBTO that produces the best precision in your rifle, it’s important to allow minimal variation in that dimension when producing quality hand loads. This is achieved by using quality built bullets, tooling and properly preparing case prep for consistency.

The SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute) manual provides max pressure recommendations, COAL and many other specifications for commercial cartridges to follow or as you build bullet load data.   Alco Bullets always suggests that you use the SAAMI recommendations for loading and increase your powder slowly for your cartridges. Go to alcobullets.com to learn more about their custom precision bullets.

How do you improve ballistic coefficient?

ALCO Precision .284 in 168 Grain RBT ULD Machined Metal Tip

A high ballistic coefficient (BC) bullet is designed to have less drag to slide through the air with less resistance. There are basically two ways to improve your BC within a given bullet caliber:

1. Increase your grain weight for a heavier bullet.

2. Use a longer bullet ogive design.

All of Alco Bullets have very high BC numbers and are designed for long distance shooters. To see our offerings go to alcobullets.com.  

Why is there no rebated boat tail design for the .510 air rifle bullets?

The Alco Big Bore .510 air rifle bullets do not require a rebated boat tail for this style of projectile, because they shoot at speeds much slower than a longer range cartridge rifle. These are swaged solid lead ammo with a hollow point. Go to our website learn more about Alco Air Boss Big Bore .510 caliber. 

What is a swaged bullet?

Bullet swaging is the forming of materials (such as lead or steel) by using concise pressure to form a bullet in a die. The swaged bullets are created at room temperature and are more consistent with regards to diameter size and weight. Alco Bullets swages all of our Air Boss .510 big bore air rifle bullets to provide a uniform high performance projectile for you to use while hunting.

What are the best bullets for windy conditions?

Selecting bullets for optimum performance in wind drift conditions:

– Choose an Ultra Low-Drag (ULD) bullet design with a High B.C. is the best solution in wind

– Pick a bullet in the heaviest weight possible for your rifle to mange windy conditions.

 Alco precision bullets will accommodate high wind drift conditions in any caliber due to their ultra low drag design construction. To see what we have to offer go to “Shop Bullets”.

What makes a bullet accurate?

Three ‘must haves’ for bullet accuracy:

1. A high BC bullet is achieved by increasing the weight and length. Ultra low-drag bullets are more efficient to overcome air resistance and wind drift for improved accuracy.

2. Good bullet design with uniformity and balance will lend itself provide superior accuracy downrange

3. Precise manufacturing tolerances with regards to uniform quality jackets, core weights and well designed meplat for improved performance in flight

4. Consistency in the manufacturing build

Alco bullets encompass all of these design and performance features. Check out what we have to offer on our Shop bullets page.

What are the benefits of an Alco precision handmade bullet?

ALCO Bullets precision bullets

Eight great reasons to buy an Alco Bullet:

1- Precision performance
2- Handcrafted excellence
3- Superior engineering
4- Unique high ballistic design
5- Perfect tips (meplat)
6- Pinpoint accuracy
7- Technical innovation
8- Easy availability

To learn more about an Alco bullet go to our Home Page Superior Bullets to read in more detail about the bullet design with regards to accuracy in a precision bullet for long distance shooters.

What are the best bullets used for long distance competition?

By definition, “Precision shooting sports are a group of competitive and recreational sporting activities involving proficiency tests of accuracy, precision and speed in shooting…” Really, it is the art of mastering rifles at fixed and unknown ranges.  At Alco, we have designed an ultra low-drag bullet with a rebated boat tail in a range of rifle calibers which can be used in a variety of these competitions. These handmade precision bullets are well constructed and designed for long-distance accuracy.

Are ULD bullets a good choice for Hunting?

With today’s advanced rifle, bullet, cartridge and powder technologies, people are shooting game out at further distances. Alco’s ultra low-drag bullets are some of the best for shooting long distance because of their design and accuracy in wind conditions. The bullets are unique in that the tip separates on impact for maximum expansion. These ultra low drag bullets work best with vital area shot placement. See our blog article which shows ballistic gel impact with Alco copper jacketed bullets for more information.

What materials make up a custom bullet?

Today bullets are generally made from a variety of one or more materials mostly consisting of copper, lead, aluminum, and steel. Custom bullets fill a niche, such as an ultra low drag bullet which is designed for long distance shooting. Alco’s precision bullets are crafted by using a copper jacket, solid lead core and a machined metal meplat. The bullet design is further enhanced with a rebated boat tail for accuracy. Go to alcobullets.com to learn more about these custom long distance projectiles.

Is meplat trimming worth it?

Some people choose to use a bullet tipping die to reshape or re-point the meplat of a projectile to improve the Ballistic Coefficient (BC). This is a time consuming process which sometimes results in an uneven hollow point which can reduce a bullet’s accuracy. A larger diameter meplat can lower a bullet’s BC. Point trimming is not always consistent.  At Alco, we offer an ultra low drag bullet with CNC machined metal meplats for our long distance precision bullets. No meplat trimming is necessary. We invest heavily in our sharp tips for all of our jacketed bullets. The tips along with a rebated boat tail and ultra low drag design all add to having an extremely accurate high BC bullet. To see more go to our “All About Bullets” Dark and Sharp blog to see some of our new tips.

Do heavier bullets have more power?

.452 ALPHA HUNTER 325 Grain, Smokeless Muzzle Loader, 12 Ogive, Machined Aluminum Tip

Yes.  As a matter of physics a heavier bullet will increase terminal ballistics. Alco Bullets carries a range of .308 bullets from 155- to 240-grain for long range hunting and shooting. Our smokeless muzzle loader bullets are available in 300- to 325-grain and have significant terminal ballistics. The new big bore air rifle .510 bullets are becoming increasingly popular for hunters. To see these and more go to our Shop bullets at alcobullets.com.  

Is the .510 air rifle bullet good for hunting?

.510 swagged lead FB HP 350 GRAIN

Yes, the .510 Big Bore air rifle bullets size and mass are designed to be effective for North American big game up to 150 yards. Alco Bullets makes quality high performance big bore .510 bullets in 275- and 350-grain swaged lead. To see this air gun ammo, go to our Air Rifle Big Bore .510 page.

Where can I find new products on Alco Bullets?

Alco Bullets specializes in handmade, custom engineered precision bullets designed for long-distance shooters. The bullets can easily be found at alcobullets.com website. You are welcome to call with questions at 417-501-6961 to discuss your shooting needs with a professional bullet smith.