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Hunting Bullets Ames IA

Local resource for hunting bullets in Ames. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to rifle bullets, long range hunting bullets, pointed bullets, boat tail bullets, flat point bullets, and round nose bullets, as well as advice and content on choosing hunting bullets.

Mr Gun Shop
515232545
127 South Bell Ave
Ames, IA
 
Mister Money Usa #05
515232710
303 1/2 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
 
Jax Outdoor Gear
4723 W Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
 
Target Shooting Supplies
515292876
2717 Oakwood Rd
Ames, IA
 
Ames Pawn Broker
512233558
104 Kellogg
Ames, IA
 
Steve'S Reloading Supplies
515292730
2872 N Dakota
Ames, IA
 
Ames Chapter
Izaak Walton League
Ames, IA
 
Elk River
515232039
3741 Mathews Rd
Ames, IA
 
Postel Gun Sales
515232696
214 S E 2Nd
Ames, IA
 
Kmart #3971
515232755
1405 Buckeye Ave
Ames, IA
 

Choosing a Hunting Bullet

Thinking back several decades, I remember one of my early visits to a gun shop. I was hoping to buy some ammunition for a new hunting rifle. Leaning over the gun counter, I was confused. Subconsciously scratching my head, I wasn't sure what to do next. I scanned from left to right, then back and forth several times. The first thing I noticed was the labeling.

"Fine," I thought to myself, "I'll start with a popular brand."

Names like Winchester, Federal, and Remington were familiar. As a neophyte hunter, it was all so new and, frankly, a bit overwhelming.

"A bullet is a bullet," I thought to myself, "why are there so many different ones on the shelf?"

Fast forward over 25 years, and the decisions are even more daunting today. Specialized ammunition is tailor-made for specific applications. I frequently enter into discussions with new, and even experienced, hunters about how to go about choosing a hunting bullet. I've watched guys do exactly what I did so many years ago; they stand at the counter with a blank look in their eye wondering how in the world they'll make the right decision. Rest assured, while choosing a bullet can be a dizzying endeavor, there are some basic academics that can help you in narrowing your choices.

If you're a new hunter, it often starts like this. You just bought that shiny new 270 WSM deer rifle you've been dreaming about but now you have to decide which ammunition to shoot. Do you go with a 150 grain Winchester Supreme Elite XP3, a 130 grain Federal Trophy Bonded bullet in their Vital Shok line, or perhaps a 130 grain Remington Core-Lokt PSP bullet? Then suddenly, as you continue to gaze across the shelves, that the choices are virtually endless. How in the world does a person make sense of it all?

Few hunters have a clear understanding of the immense range of bullets on the market today. Terminology like X-bullet, Partition, Ballistic Tip, Bonded, Core-Lokt, A-Frame, Fail Safe, Soft Point, Solid Point and a lot more are common in today's ammunition marketplace. Frankly it makes my head spin just thinking about it. The decision always comes down to which one is best suited for you? Most importantly consider application, caliber, design, and weight, then ultimately - how it performs.

Ballisticians favor certain terminology when describing bullet performance. For most of us that terminology can be confusing. In lay terms, bullets are designed for specific applications. Some are made to minimize dispersion (retain their mass). Others are made to maximize speed. Still others are designed to minimize cross wind sensitivity and others are designed to minimize ballistic drop, retain kinetic energy, or maximize penetration. In my ongoing quest for the perfect bullet, I've learned that no single manufacturer has been able to design a bullet that optimizes all of these parameters equally. The trick lies in finding the best-matched bullet with an acceptable balance of these attributes.

High tech is the name of ...

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