Lead Round Nose Flat Point Bullets Explained

The lead round nose flat point bullet or “cowboy bullet” as it is also known, is one of the oldest bullet types to remain popular up to today. This particular bullet has been in use since the late 1800's and was perfect for pistols but it was shaped in such a way that it also worked for lever action rifles like the famous Henry repeater rifles.

The early bullet makers had problems getting the basic round noses to feed properly and the solution was found by cutting the tip off just a little bit. Depending on where you live and what gun historian you speak to, this story will have different people involved but it boils down to being a reliable bullet that didn’t jam or misfire as much as early designs. Over time, as bullet and casing technology improved, other more advanced bullets showed up but these lead round nose flat point rounds remain popular to this day -- over 100 years later.

Lead Round Nose Flat Point FeaturesLead Flat Nose Bullet

This bullet is easily distinguishable from the lead round nose or the lead flat nose because it really does look like someone snipped the tip off a round nose. Some new bullets will use a special coating or hybrid material at the flat point for one reason or another but you can still tell these apart from others pretty easily.  These have a huge variety of casings and jackets and can come in various calibers.

Lead Round Nose Flat Point Advantages

The best thing about this bullet is that you know it will work as intended.  Years of use in the field and on the range have proven this.  What you get today is definitely better than when it was conceived but still works very much the same for all the same uses. Those who want to get that old school experience with a lever action rifle or single-action revolver, like the Colt Peacemaker,  will want an authentic round to go with it and this is going to be the number one choice for most.

Lead Round Nose Flat Point Disadvantages

Old cowboys would call this particular bullet a “jack of all trades but master of none” because it can be used for basically everything imaginable just like the lead round nose. The downside is there’s been so many improvements in technology that special use bullets can do a better job in certain areas. A hollow point will have more stopping power and specially designed hunting bullet like the Nosler Partition, will take down game better. Does that mean this bullet isn’t worth trying? Absolutely not. It’s a great all-purpose round and definitely worth having around.

Overall, this is a great bullet with a long history of use in the US and abroad. It can be used for anything so experienced shooters, stockpilers, reloaders and new shooters will all find something they like about it. Keep in mind it does have exposed lead most of the time and some regions won’t allow this.