The Nosler AccuBond offers the best features of the Ballisitic Tip and Partition in one projectile. Here you can see the rapid expansion and maximum tissue damage of the 165-grain, .30-cal. bullet that penetrated all 24 inches of gelatin at 10 feet.
A 165-grain Nosler Ballistic Tip through a .308 Win. impacts ordnance gelatin at approximately 10 feet. Muzzle velocity was 2,600 fps. The bullet, which penetrated approximately 15 1/2 inches before the jacket and core separated, retained 64 percent of its original weight (if jacket and core are weighed together).
Nosler's new Ballistic Tip Lead Free is designed for limited penetration and maximum damage, and to be legal for use where lead-core projectiles are restricted. Here a 35-grain BTLF from a .22-250 impacted gelatin at 4,235 fps. The new lead-free variant will have the same price as the original Ballistic Tip Varmint bullets.
All Nosler bullets are inspected for appearance and construction. As the bullets - in this case, AccuBonds - progress down the belt, they rotate revealing any imperfections. Those with blemishes are sold as factory seconds and can be purchased through the company's Web site at a reduced price.
The process of turning a gilding metal slug into a jacket by inserting a core, tip (if one is used) or adding a cannelure requires numerous processes, but is completed in relatively short order. Bullets in various stages of completion are pictured here.
Through tremendous force, lead-alloy cylinders (shown in previous image) are forced through a die to make the bullet's core (machine in background). Here, a Nosler employee rolls the sized, and still hot, lead-alloy core material.