What Is a Ballistic Tip Bullet?

Ballistic tip bullets are streamlined plastic-tipped bullets designed for accuracy and consistency. The term "ballistic tip" is a registered trademark of the Nosler hunting supplies company.

Ballistic tip bullets are made in the same fashion as hollow-point bullets and spitzer bullets, and they are designed to perform with the advantages of both bullet types. The tip of the bullet is made of plastic, which is driven into the bullet on impact, causing it to expand or fragment the same way a hollow-point bullet would. The bullet is shaped to mimic the streamlined design of spitzer bullets.

While other companies produce plastic-tipped bullets, ballistic tip bullets made by Nosler all have color-coded plastic at the tip to make identification of the exact type of bullet easier.