Soft-Point Cutting Edge (SPCE) Bullets Explained
The soft point cutting edge, or SPCE, bullet is essentially a modified style of semi-jacketed bullet that’s been designed to expand in a very controlled fashion. Unlike a standard soft-point or hollow point where the core is often bonded with the casing, this bullet doesn’t lock the lead core in completely.
Some call it “water bottle” ammo because the point of the bullet is vaguely (and I mean vaguely) designed the way a pet hamster’s water bottle is. The core isn’t bonded to the casing allowing a different style of expansion and penetration.
What you’re going to get when a SPCE hits a target is the front portion of the bullet to mushroom while keeping a nice section of shank intact. This pretty much guarantees a very controlled expansion every time. Sellier & Bellot is probably the most popular manufacturer of this bullet type right now and they use it in a variety of their ammunition lines.
This bullet is great for most any medium sized game. The excellent penetration afforded by the unique design can be a little much for thin skinned animals such as deer, however it performs admirably on thicker skinned and slightly heavier animals such as mountain goats and feral hogs.
Soft-Point Cutting Edge Features
Soft Point – The soft point of the SPCE will deform and expand, tumbling along the way usually. The “cutting edge” found here however actually eliminates some of that tumbling in favor of direct expansion.
Cutting Edge – This can be called the “cut through edge” as well and it’s there to give a set penetration amount. This will vary depending on what you’re shooting and how large it is. Small, thin skinned animals will have the bullet in deep when expansion occurs after the cutting edge mushrooms outward. Larger animals will have a more shallow area where expansion happens and this is why this bullet type is for “cloven hoof” hunting. Some massive creatures like moose or bear may not give you the best result here unless you’re buying hand reloaded rounds with that specific use in mind.
Soft-Point Cutting Edge Uses
As mentioned a few times, this bullet and the ammo lines using it are meant for medium sized animal hunting mostly. People on various firearm and ammo forums have a huge range of experiences with them and consider them a middle-ground bullet that performs nicely but isn’t going to give you the same results as an ultra-premium ammo or bullet will. The bullet may not perform like a Hornady or Nosler bullet, but if you are hunting it is immeasurably better than a full metal jacket bullet.
Some people love these for target shooting as the entry hole is often a perfect, easy to see circle. These are not very common in a competitive or match environment but for training or just enjoying yourself, you could do a lot worse.
This is a great choice for hunters looking for a bullet that’s going to give very uniform performance across the board. Naturally, you’ll want to zero in your rifle and take plenty of practice shots before hitting your local hunting area but people really like the performance found in these bullets.