cooperation with ballistician Bryan Litz, Whidden Gunworks is proud
to announce more options for our popular Bullet Pointing Die
System! We have worked with Bryan to optimize the angles in our die
inserts to provide the best match possible for many different
bullets commonly used in match shooting. In addition to the
original die insert, we now have two additional die inserts that
allow you to maximize the performance increase for any given
bullet. The best part is that these new die inserts can be added to
your existing Bullet Pointing Die System.
The purpose of these new die inserts is to smooth the
transition between the bullet’s ogive and the newly
formed bullet tip. By smoothing this transition we
are able to maximize the BC gain.
the Die Insert
determine the ideal die insert for a given bullet, we
have created areference
Our die inserts are numbered #0 for the original
die, #1 and #2. They can be identified by the
number of grooves turned into the side of the die
Here’s the general run down-the original die insert
is still the best choice for a wide range of bullets.
The #1 die insert will be better suited for bullets
with extra long and pointy ogives (noses). The #2
inset will be better suited for bullets with shorter,
blunter ogives (noses). Be sure to use the reference
chart to confirm which die insert is best suited to
your particular bullet.
How much BC is to be gained by optimizing the die
insert? Frankly we can’t give an answer for each and
every specific bullet because there are just too many
bullets to test. Pointing bullets with any of the die
inserts will still result in a BC gain over bullets
right from the box, but choosing the optimal die
insert will guarantee that you achieve the maximum
amount of BC increase that’s possible with pointing.
Here’s what Bryan Litz has to say based on his
measurements and calculations:
predict that bullets like the Sierra .308 155 grain
Palma #2155 which have steep tip angles that can be
pointed with the #2 die insert will gain a reduction
in drag, but probably only about 2% (it achieves .9%
with the current #0 die insert). Also, bullets with
shallow tip angles like the small to mid caliber long
VLD’s will be able to gain more of a drag reduction
with the shallower #1 die insert. Drag reduction of
6% to 8% may be possible for bullets that are
currently getting 4% to 5% with the #0 die
Testing is ongoing at this time and we will have more
info to add down the road.