Nosler Partition Bullets Explained
Any fan of Nosler has to be familiar with the Nosler Partition. This premium hunting bullet is one of a kind due to its unique design that is almost like 2 bullets fused together to create an H shape. There are two cores in the Partition bullet separated by the copper-alloy that jackets the bullet except for the tip and the base. This is an exposed lead base bullet with a soft tip and while it shares some similarities with later Nosler lines like the Accubond, it’s really in a class of its own.
Nosler Partition Features
Tapered Jacket – Like most Nosler bullets, the Partition uses a copper-alloy. This one is thinner at the mouth and gradually thickens on the way down. This allows amazing expansion across a wide range of velocities.
Partition – While the nose portion is designed for rapid expansion, the rear core holds over 2/3 of the bullet weight. This weight distribution strikes a balance between penetration and expansion. It’s the partition in the middle that makes it possible to perform this way.
Soft Tip – The soft tip this bullet utilizes allows quick expansion when a target is hit while retaining its shape in flight. The design of this bullet also allows for smooth feeding.
Crimped Base – Instead of your standard exposed base, this bullet has a crimped base meaning a small part of the jacket covers the outward edge of the base. This allows it to stay intact under extreme pressure.
Nosler Partition Advantages
With such a long history of use, time is definitely on the side of the Partition. This bullet is tried and true and has been significantly tested over and over again on all types of target from the small Florida deer to the massive Moose of the Northern Rockies. This bullet seems popular among hunters of all types but it’s definitely lost some steam as technology improved giving us alternatives from Nosler like the Ballistic Tip or Accubond.
Since the Partition bullet has been such a popular bullet it can be had in a variety of calibers from the .222 Remington to .308 Winchester are fairly easy to find. But the big game hunter has options that range all the way up to .458 Winchester.
Nosler Partition Disadvantages
There aren’t a lot of true disadvantages to this bullet because it is truly "debugged" technology.. Newer bullets are very specialized for certain uses. Some are for large game, some are for long range and some are just for penetration or expansion. The Nosler Partition is more of a jack of all trades and master of none at this stage in bullet technology. It performs wonderfully in all uses but may not be exactly what you want if you’re going after a very specific target.
This is a well-known and highly respected bullet that has almost a cult following among certain groups of hunters. It performs reliably and you know what to expect when you’re shooting it. The price can be a bit high so this is definitely going to be a hunting ammo only and not something you’re going to shoot watermelons with to impress your friends.