An Interesting New Bullet

Right now I am testing Remington’s new Model 700 CDL Anniversary Edition in .375 H&H. I’ll be using it in a dangerous game class at Gunsite in about a week. For that I put together some low recoil loads partly because folks that plan to practice a lot with a .375 H&H need to know how to do that while saving powder and their shoulder. And, partly because I am a wimp.

The review of the .375 will appear in an upcoming issue of the new Rifle Firepower magazine and it will cover the rifle, the class at Gunsite, how to make reduced recoil loads and a new bullet I have just received for testing. This new bullet is called the Raptor and is from Cutting Edge Bullets. It is an all brass bullet with a hollow nose cavity that has been cut to allow six petals to break away and cause secondary wound cavities. There is also a plastic tip that can be inserted into the cavity to increase the bullet’s BC. The bullet can also be loaded upside down and used as a solid.

Raptor Bullet

The solid copper or brass bullet with petals that open up and separate from the main bullet is not something new. The French made GPA bullet was a copper version of this design and I’ve used them on African plains game with success. Lehigh Defense also tooled some .50 caliber all copper and brass bullets that were very similar to this design. I used them out of a .500 Cyrus to take two eland in Africa.

Cutting Edge Bullets offers a wide selection of Raptor bullets in calibers from .22 to .375. Check them on-line and subscribe to Rifle Firepower to see how they worked for me.



About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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3 Responses to An Interesting New Bullet

  1. Dale Roberts Jr says:

    That is a wicked looking bullet. I wouldn’t mind crawling in behind that rig for 40 riounds or so. haha. I did 75 through my .338 winchester one time and after 30 was eally just punishment. That’s about 45 foot lbs less in recoil than a 375 H&H I think. How much does that new 700 weigh with the scope and is that a 300 gr bullett?

  2. Dale Roberts Jr says:

    PS: Sorry for my poor attempt at humor and spelling above. It’s late and I can’t sleep and I am silly. I know that is a punishing rifle to sit behind and work loads up for. I did one for my friend one time when I was a few years younger. Anyone who would sit behind one on a bench for round after round of working loads is not a wimp. When will you be working up loads for the .577 tyrannosaur? I would like to come down for that. hahaha Tell Batt hello for me.

    • gunwriter says:

      Rifle weighs about 8.5 pounds. I’ve found it is easier to stand up behind the bench with the hard kickers but I still don’t like it. I want to shoot a .577 about as much as i want to drive a Toyota Prius!!!

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