The 21st Century Bullet

Are You Still Shooting 20th Century Bullets?

It’s Time to Make the Change to the 21st Century Bullet!

A brief history…
Many moons ago some brilliant (crazy?) people mixed charcoal and dung to make a black substance that burned very fast when lit.  Then someone put the substance in a tube, and used it to throw things!  As the speeds became faster and faster, better materials were needed.  A soft dense grey metal was found that was easy to mold into shapes and dense enough to plow through air for long distances.  This “lead,” as it is called, was the material of choice for what became known as bullets, for many years.

Then “smokeless powder” came on the scene–cellulose treated with nitric acid–and everything changed.  This new substance allowed much greater speeds, and made much less smoke!  But it also increased speeds–so much that soft lead bullets started to melt from friction in the barrel.  Something had to be done!  Wrapping the lead core in a tougher metal jacket allowed speeds to increase substantially without major problems.  This metal was copper; then later steel and other alloys.  Copper had many desirable qualities, it was soft enough to avoid excessive wear on the barrel and would deform on impact.  As the years rolled by, many aspects of these wonderful projectile throwers improved, and speeds climbed decade by decade.

The start of copper bullets
In the second half of the 20th century materials became so refined that speeds increased to the point that even the tough copper jacket was reaching its limits.  For big game hunting the smaller faster bullets would shatter into many small pieces on impact, sometimes failing to harvest the game quickly or humanely.  In the most extreme cases the bullet would even fly apart in flight from the forces it experienced in its trip to the target.  Jackets were made thicker, cores were bonded to jackets, multiple cavities were used in the same bullet, and even solid copper bullets were tried.  These approaches incrementally improved the performance of these bullets.  Any bullet that has a lead core has a speed limit beyond which it will start to fail.  Early solid copper bullet designs used methods of manufacture that hardened the copper too much, limiting expansion at low impact velocity, and potentially making the bullet shatter at high impact velocity.

Enter the 21st Century
Stunning advances in technology allow new techniques to be used in bullet manufacture. Computer controlled lathes cut each bullet from a copper bar, holding tighter tolerances and keeping the copper soft and tough, so high impact speeds can be used, and low speed performance can be retained.  New design features, similar to the piston rings in a car engine, reduce barrel wear. These patented bullets are produced by GS Custom in South Africa and Michigan.

Come join the 21st century and use the best bullets on earth–GS Custom bullets!