Truncated Cone Hollow Point: TCHP Bullets Explained

The truncated cone hollow point (TCHP) is a truncated cone bullet with a hole in the tip to promote expansion on impact and to boost the stopping power. The standard truncated cone is a smooth-feeding bullet with more penetration than your average round nose or soft point, due to the shape.

For penetration, the TC bullet type is a spectacular choice for semi-automatic pistols and rifles. If you add in the stopping power of the hollow point, you’ve got a bullet that will devastate a soft target if it impacts any vital area. The truncated cone hollow point is often used for plinking and target shooting. Another great use – due to its rapid expansion and fragmentation – is small-game hunting and pest control.

Truncated Cone Hollow Point Features

  • Truncated Cone: This looks like an inverted cone with the end cut off, leaving a nice, flat meplat that can offer various levels of penetration – depending on its diameter.
  • Hollow Point: The hollow point combined with the truncated cone is like peanut butter and chocolate – it was just meant to be. Now you’ve got great penetration paired with the famed stopping power and wound creation of the hollow point. What more could you ask for in terms of quick, clean kills?
  • Variety: You can get this style of bullet in ammo lines of most calibers: .22LRs are very common in this style, and other calibers like .45 ACP are available in TCHP, but not quite as common.

Truncated Cone Hollow Point Uses

This is a bullet made primarily for hunting and plinking, but is accurate enough for target shooting.

Overall, this bullet will give you the best of both worlds – primo penetration and amazing expansion wrapped up in a single round. You will have to check with local regulations about the hollow point, as those are commonly banned.