Ammo acronym guidance?

Ammo acronym guidance?

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    Ammo acronym guidance?

    I was looking through a cheaperthandirt.com catalog and was confused as to what all the brass acronyms meant. FMJ, JHP, HP, HS, SP, TMJ, TMJ RN, BTHP, LRN, MC, JHPCL, BJHP, BEB, STHP, SJHS, SCHP, ETC...ETC! See what I mean? Thanks in advance and God bless, Mike.


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    IIRC most. if not all ammo acronyms are in the MidwayUSA online guide to gun terminology.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/guntecdicti...um=homepage319

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    The Midway list helps for some things, but many if not all of the acronyms for bullets are simply not specified in the definition, relegating the person to having to know the definition in the first place. Note the following example from the Midway site, where no such mention of "LRN" is made:

    Quote Originally Posted by Lead Round Nose bullet
    Projectile made of solid lead utilizing a smooth ogive and a rounded tip. May or may not include lube rings about the circumference of the base.
    A simple search for "LRN JHP acronyms" in Google turned up this web site: Handloads -- acronyms.
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    I have an acronym help page up but no link to it from here yet - it does tho have at least some bullet abreviations (bottom of page) - in case it helps.

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    Thanks all.

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    This is a list of acronyms and abbreviations for ammunition that I have been compiling. It keeps getting longer because of new designs and manufacturer's marketing ideas, such as Hornady's new "TAP FPD" ammo. Hornady seems to be the leader in inventing and trade marking acronyms.

    Any additions and/or corrections to this list will be appreciated.

    +P = Contains a higher powder charge than normal (10-15% overpressure).
    +P+ = Contains a much higher powder charge than normal (20-25% overpressure).
    A = A-Frame (Swift)
    ACC = Accelerator
    ACEL = Accelerator Discharging (or Discarding) Sabots
    ACP = Auto Colt Pistol
    A-MAX = Polymer tipped long range target bullet (Hornady)
    AP = Armor Piercing (has a steel or other hard metal core) (Military)
    API = Armor Piercing Incendiary (Military)
    APT = Armor Piercing Tracer (Military)
    APTI = Armor Piercing Tracer Incendiary (Military)
    AT-BT = AccuTip Boat Tail (Remington)
    BBWC = Bevel Base Wad Cutter
    BD or Ball, Duplex = M198 - Contains two bullets (Military)
    BEB = Brass Enclosed Base
    BEE = FP varmint bullet for .218 Bee (Hornady)
    BJHP = Brass Jacketed Hollow Point
    BP = Bronze Point
    BT = Boat Tail, also Black Talon (Winchester)
    BTBT = Ballistic Tip BoatTail (Nosler)
    BTHP = Boat Tail Hollow Point
    BTM = Boat Tail Match
    BTSP = Boat Tail Soft Point
    C/T = Combat Target (Hornady)
    CB = Cast Bullet
    CL = Core-Lokt (Remington)
    CL-SIL = Cannelure - Silhouette (Hornady)
    CLU = Core-Lokt Ultra (Remington)
    CMJ = Complete Metal Jacket
    CNL = Conical Nose Lead
    CP = Cone Point
    DEWC = Double Ended Wad Cutter - can load either way (Cast Bullet)
    DPX = Deep Penetrating X (Cor-Bon cartridge with a Barnes X all copper hollow-point bullet)
    EFMJ = Expanding Full Metal Jacket (Federal)
    EP = Expanding Point
    FEB = Fully Encased Bullet
    FMC = Full Metal Case
    FMJ = Full Metal Jacket
    FMJBT = Full Metal Jacket Boat Tail
    FMJ-ENC = Full Metal Jacket - Encapsulated (Hornady)
    FMJFN = Full Metal Jacket Flat Nose
    FMJFP = Full Metal Jacket Flat Point
    FMJRN = Full Metal Jacket Round Nose
    FMJRP = Full Metal Jacket Round Point
    FMJSWC = Full Metal Jacket Semi-Wad Cutter
    FMJTC = Full Metal Jacket Truncated Cone
    FN = Flat Nose
    FNEB = Flat Nose Enclosed Base
    FNSP = Flat Nose Soft Point
    FP = Flat Point
    FS or Fail-Safe = Partition bullet with steel bands around lead cores. (Winchester)
    FST = Fail Safe Talon
    GAP = Glock Auto Pistol
    GC = Gas Check (Cast Bullet)
    GD = Gold Dot (Speer)
    GDHP = Gold Dot Hollow Point
    GS = Golden Saber (Remington)
    GS = Grand Slam (CCI)
    HAP = Hornady Action Pistol (Hornady)
    HBWC = Hollow Base Wad Cutter
    HC = Hard Cast
    HE = High Energy
    HM = Heavy Magnum
    HMR = Hornady Magnum Rimfire
    HORNET = Extra thin jacket for .22 Hornet (Hornady)
    HP = Hollow Point
    HPBT = Hollow Point Boat Tail
    HPJ = High Performance Jacketed
    HPWC = Hollow Point Wad Cutter
    HS = Hydra Shok (Federal)
    HS & HS2 = Hi Shok & Hi Shok 2 (Federal)
    HSP = Hornady Soft Point, also Hollow Soft Point
    HST = (no actual meaning) a type of hollow-point (Federal)
    I = Interlock (Hornady)
    IB = Interbond (Hornady)
    IRT = Indoor Range Training (Federal)
    J = Jacketed
    JET = FP for 22 Rem Jet revolver (Hornady)
    JFP = Jacketed Flat Point
    JHC = Jacketed Hollow Cavity, (Sierra jacketed hollow point)
    JHP = Jacketed Hollow Point
    JHPBT = Jacketed Hollow Point Boat Tail
    JSP = Jacketed Soft Point
    JSPF = Jacketed Soft Point Flat
    JSZ = Jacketed Stranded Zinc (Federal)
    L = Lead
    LBT = Lead Bullet Technology
    LF = Lead Free (Nontoxic)
    LFN = Long Flat Nose (LBT design), also Lead Flat Nose
    LFP = Lead Flat Point
    LGC = Lead Gas Check (Cast Bullet)
    LHP = Lead Hollow Point
    LM = Light Magnum
    L-N-L = Lock-N-Load (Hornady)
    LRN = Lead Round Nose
    LSWC = Lead Semi-Wad Cutter
    LSWC-GC = Lead Semi-Wad Cutter, Gas Checked
    L-C = Lead Combat
    L-T = Lead Target
    LTC = Lead Truncated Cone
    LWC = Lead Wad Cutter
    MB = Multi Ball (Shot)
    MC = Metal Cased (basically FMJ)
    MJ = Metal Jacket
    MK-BTHP = MatchKing Boat Tail Hollow Point (Remington)
    MON = Monolithic Solid
    MRWC = Mid-Range Wadcutter
    MR-X = Improved TS with poly tip & tungsten rear core (Barnes)
    NBT = Nosler Ballistic Tip
    NOS = Nosler
    NOSBT = Nosler Ballistic Tip
    NP = Nosler Partition
    P = Plated
    PB = Parabellum
    PG = Partition Gold (Winchester)
    PL = Power-Lokt
    PP = Power Point
    Pro-Tex Bore = Lead bullet with a zinc washer cast in base (Cast Bullet)
    PSP = Pointed Soft Point
    PSPCL = Pointed Soft Point Core-Lokt (Remington)
    R.E.A.L. = Rifling-Engraved-At-Loading (Lee muzzle loader bullet)
    RN = Round Nose
    RNFP = Round Nose Flat Point
    RNL = Round Nosed Lead
    RNSP = Round Nose Soft Point
    RHT = Reduced Hazard Training (Federal and CCI/Speer low toxicity bullet)
    S&W = Smith and Wesson
    SBBT = Soft Point Boat Tail
    SCHP = Solid Copper Hollow Point
    SFHP = Starfire Hollow Point (PMC)
    SHP = Speer Hollow Point
    SJ = Semi Jacketed, also Short Jacket (Hornady)
    SJHP = Semi Jacketed Hollow Point, also Soft Jacket Hollow Point
    SJSP = Soft Jacket Soft Point
    SLAP = Saboted Light Armor Penetrating
    SOL = Solid
    SP = Soft Point, also Spire Point, also Spotter-Tracer (Military)
    SPSX = Spire Point Super Explosive (Hornady)
    SPTZ = Spitzer
    SSB = Swift Scirocco Bonded (Remington)
    SSP = Single-Shot Pistol (Hornady)
    SST = Super Shock Tip (Hornady)
    ST = Silver Tip HP (Winchester)
    STHP = SilverTip Hollow Point (Winchester)
    Sub = Subsonic
    SWC = Semi Wad Cutter
    SX = Super Explosive
    SXT = Supreme Expansion Technology (Winchester)
    TAP FPD = Tactical Ammunition Police - For Personal Defense (Hornady)
    TB = Trophy Bonded
    TBS = Trophy Bonded Solid
    TC = Truncated Cone
    TCMJ = Truncated Cone Metal Jacket
    TCSP = Truncated Cone Soft Point
    THP = Tubular Hollow Point
    TL = Tumble Lube (Lee)
    TMJ = Total Metal Jacket -- like FMJ, but the copper jacket even wraps the rear of the bullet and totally encapsulates the lead. Also CMJ, FEB
    TNT = TNT hollow point (Speer)
    TRI = Triad Group (A Square)
    TRU = Tactical Rifle Urban (Federal)
    TS or Triple-Shock = Improved X-bullet (Barnes)
    UHC = Ultra High Coefficient (Hornady)
    VLD = Very Low Drag
    V-MAX = V-Max Polymer Tip Varmint Hunting Bullet (Hornady)
    V-MAXBT = V-Max Boat Tail (Hornady)
    W/C = With Cannelure (Hornady)
    WC = Wad Cutter
    WLN = Wide Long Nose (LBT design)
    WLY = Woodleigh
    WMR = Winchester Magnum Rimfire
    WSM = Winchester Short Magnum
    WSSM = Winchester Super Short Magnum
    X or X-bullet = Solid copper hollow-point bullet (Barnes)
    XP3 = FS without the steel bands (Winchester)
    XTP = Extreme Terminal Performance (Hornady jacketed hollow point)

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    Bob - that is superb. Hard to believe so many!

    I'll watch and see if this grows much more but with your permission will put this on a page on one of my sites later on.
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    Bob, that is an outstanding list and lots of work.

    Holyroller, it would be nice if all the ammo companies used the same terms and ammo dealers didn't have to put dozens of acronyms on their ads. Unfortunately, the manufacturers are always trying to differentiate their product from others and pay ad agencies to come up with new and catchy terms and acronyms. Such is life.
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    Somebody just earned a "sticky". Great effort! A great reference for inquiring minds.
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    Another vote for sticky status, it will make it easier to find when I need to refer to it.

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    Guys - I mentioned in my earlier post - subject to Bob saying Ok and any late additions - I will put this all up on a dedicated web page on one of my sites.

    Hopefully when we change domain soon the software will enable the addition of extra links and hope then we can effectively have covered, acronyms in general - ammo acronyms, the holster maker's links and - my small help0 page for pic posting.

    I think this can work better than having too many stickies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry View Post
    Bob - that is superb. Hard to believe so many!

    I'll watch and see if this grows much more but with your permission will put this on a page on one of my sites later on.
    Do with it as you please!

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    I'm going to start posting only in acronyms from now on.
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