XPB Hollow Point Bullets Explained

The XPB series is a line of ammo created and distributed by Barnes Bullets, an ammunition manufacturer based in Utah. These bullets are only used in large caliber handgun ammo from the .357 up to .500 S&W and everything in between.  The XPB features various nose shapes but one thing is standard across every bullet type. The hollow point. This allows for maximum expansion on impact and phenomenal stopping power no matter what you’re shooting at. This particular style of ammunition is great for home defense and is also fairly popular among handgun hunters who go after game like hogs and other handgun friendly targets.

This manufacturer is well known among reloaders as it has a great resource available in the “Reloading Manual #4” available on the official Barnes Bullets website.

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Lead-Free – It can actually be a rather difficult task finding completely lead free ammo. More than a few areas have banned lead bullets completely and not just on the range or in public areas. You can get in trouble for using them on your own property and for home defense in rare cases. Some people really dislike lead-free bullets because they can be pricey and don’t perform the same way.

Solid Copper – The solid copper bullet is formed in such a way by Barnes Bullets that you get a tremendous amount of expansion that’s pretty comparable to how lead bullets perform. Copper is very resistant to corrosion also making it extremely stable when put into your personal stockpile, bunker or top of a closet somewhere.

Hollow Point – The hollow point bullet is famous for stopping power and expansion on impact. The XPB uses that power to create a very devastating large caliber handgun bullet.  While still maintaining its shape and weight.  The bullet itself does not fragment like solid lead bullets tend to do.  This makes for a wider wound channel as opposed to several smaller ones.

XPB Hollow Point Uses

As with any hollow point, the XPB line is primarily for self-defense and home defense use. When your life is on the line that first shot really needs to count and you can’t go wrong with the XPB line. The expansion is nice and the calibers covered are second to none if you love large handguns. Some shooters have found this bullet a great choice for hog hunting as the reliable expansion and weight retention of the copper bullet provide excellent results when hunting this tough skinned game. 

You will need to make sure hollow point bullets are allowed wherever you are or wherever you plan to shoot these because unfortunately, there’s been a lot of legislation in the past 20 years that severely limits all sorts of ammo aspects. Lead could be banned, hollow points, both or other things that you can easily overlook. Most shooting ranges will be able to tell you right away what’s allowed or not and this can carry over to in-state hunting areas and recreational areas too.