Posted On: 9/29/13
A: The main difference between a boat tailed bullet and a non boat tailed bullet is the inward curve at the base of the bullet, the area that is covered up by the brass. A visual inspection of the rounds themselves will not indicate if there is a boat tail since this cannot be seen. The manufacturer will type this on the box. Boat tailed bullets have become a standard with most manufacturers over the years. The use of this feature is to increase accuracy of the bullet at a greater distance. The shooter may not notice any difference at closer ranges and will not function in the firearm any better or worse depending on if the boat tail is present.