Have you ever wondered why the hole in the front of
the bullet is so big? Why can’t it be made more
pointed? The solution to this lies in the bullet
A bullet pointing die is a die used to make a sharper
point on a bullet. By doing this, we have made the
bullet fly more efficiently resulting in less drop
and wind drift. Who can benefit from this? Pretty
much every rifle shooter who shoots at longer ranges
Let’s back up a second for a quick history lesson. In
recent years, 1000 yard benchrest shooters have
proven beyond a doubt that we can shoot better groups
by making our bullets more consistent. Ballistic
Coefficient (BC) is a measure of how aerodynamic our
bullets are. The BC is a relative measure that lets
us compare one bullet type to the next. A higher BC
is desirable because it means the bullet will shoot
flatter and have less wind drift.
As you can understand, we also need the BC to be
consistent from one bullet to the next, within the
same box, so they will drop the same amount as they
go down range.
The most inconsistent surface on a bullet is the tip
(called the meplat). Again, the 1000 yard benchrest
shooters have developed a solution. It has become
popular to trim the meplats in recent years so that
each one has exactly the same shape at the meplat.
Undoubtedly this has made the bullets more consistent
and therefore the groups have gotten smaller.
The down side is that by trimming the meplat, we have
also made it larger. This causes a lower BC and
increases drop and wind drift. Generally speaking,
for typical bullets used in long range competition,
trimming means you give up about five percent more
wind drift as compared to bullets right out of the
With our bullet pointing die, we can make the meplat
smaller rather than bigger. Consider that a little
pointing will do a lot of good. Typically with the
bullet pointing die, we can close the meplat up to
about half of its original diameter. Here’s the
kicker-by closing it to half of the diameter, the
surface area is only one fourth of its original
amount. This is the reason the pointing die is so
How effective is it? Again talking about bullets
typical for long range competition, we can gain about
five percent better wind drift compared to bullets
right out of the box. We are also getting an
increased consistency of BC because we have reduced
the size of the imperfections at the meplat. Better
accuracy down range and better performance is a
Let’s compare trimming meplats with pointing them.
Since trimming yields a five percent reduction in
performance and pointing yields a five percent
increase in performance, there is a ten percent
difference between the two. How big is a ten percent
difference? A 6.5-284 is about ten percent better
than a 6mmBR at 1000 yards. You can actually point
your 6mm BR’s bullets and be on equal footing with a
6.5-284. This is a huge difference for just pointing
As you can imagine, the larger the meplat is to start
with, the more pointing the bullet will help.
Consider also that the meplat of a .224 bullet is a
greater portion of the frontal area than a .338
bullet. For this reason, the gain seen by the smaller
diameter bullets is more. Some shooters have seen
their .223s shoot 2.5 MOA flatter at 1000 yards just
by pointing the bullet. If you’re an AR-15 service
rifle shooter, the potential gain is very large. Lead
tipped hunting bullets also show significant gains
such as this.
What do I need to have this ten percent performance
gain? All you need is a reloading press and a
shellholder appropriate for a .308 Winchester.
Forster Co-Ax presses work great, too. Our pointing
die will include everything else you need. Using a
lube such as Imperial Sizing Die Wax seems to smooth
out the process, but is not necessary. If you want to
point more than one caliber, simply purchase an extra
bullet guide for the new caliber. These guides can be
changed easily and you’re in business. The die
features a micrometer style adjustment that allows
you to record a setting for each caliber for easy
return to that previous setting.
Pointing bullets goes quickly, too. Setup is no more
difficult than setting up a micrometer type seating
die. Bullets can be pointed at about the same rate as
you can size brass.
Understand that bullets can’t be pointed up to a
needle point. The smallest practical diameter that a
bullet can be pointed to is about twice the thickness
of its jacket. As a practical matter, about .030” to
.040” is about the limit.
If you need your wind reading to get ten percent
better, contact us for the solution.