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What is LRNFP Ammo?

What is LRNFP Ammo Blog Feature

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Hey all, we here at True Shot Academy wanted to talk about LRNFP ammunition. Ammunition of this type has persisted for well nearly a century and a half and remains popular among a variety of shooters today. Our mission here today is to provide an overview of this projectile type while also delving into some of the common traits, features, and other pertinent information. Without further ado, let’s get into it.


What is a LRNFP?

A lead round nose flat point (LRNFP) is a projectile type with a flat tip like the name suggests. These types of projectiles are sometimes just referred to as flat tip, flat nose, or flat point bullets due to their name. As such, they will be referred to by these names interchangeably throughout this blog post. These projectiles quite obviously set themselves apart from typical round nose bullets and other conventional designs due to their flat tip.


Why Utilize a Flat Tip Projectile?

Flat-tipped projectiles became a common practice during the later half of the 19th century. This is mainly due to the fact that they were proven to be reliable when used in things such as lever action rifles. Lever action rifles feature magazine tubes in which rounds lie primer to projectile. This obviously made it a risk to use common Spitzer type projectiles with pointed projectiles. Round nose bullets are significantly less risky than their pointed counterparts, but due to tolerances and other variables could still experience feed issues in some cases. Flat nose projectiles tend to feed much more reliably than their counterparts and have essentially zero risk popping the primers of rounds in front of them in a magazine tube.


Who Uses LRNFP Ammunition?

Typically, those who shoot Western style firearms will find themselves shooting ammunition of this type. While these style firearms are capable of shooting ammunition with a variety of projectiles without issue, some shooters simply the lead flat point loadings. Flat nose loadings also provide an added layer of authenticity to the experience of shooting a Western style firearm. Those who engage in Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) and cowboy action shooting often utilize ammunition of this type due to the added authenticity and for reliability. Hunters may utilize ammunition with these cartridges if they are appropriate for the game they are pursuing, but will have to keep in mind that some areas and locales bar the use of lead ammunition.


What Calibers Feature LRNFP Bullets?

Typically, cowboy calibers will feature flat nose projectiles. Cartridges such as the .38 Special and .45 Colt can feature flat point projectiles as these calibers are utilized in both revolvers and lever action rifles. Rifle calibers such as the .30-30 Winchester and .45-70 Government are also available with these kinds of projectiles. This is again due to the use of these calibers in a lever action rifle.


Is LRNFP Ammunition Accurate?

If the shooter does their part, most guns are capable of yielding accuracy that is more than serviceable. When it comes to accuracy, it typically is more dependent on the actual shooter than the tool itself. That being said, ammunition using lead flat nose projectiles is certainly capable of being fired accurately. As mentioned above, SASS shooters will typically use this type of ammo in their competitions. During some of these competitions, shooters are expected to engage a variety of steel targets as fast as they can, often times varying in size and shape. Experienced shooters are able to produce accuracy on demand and accurately engage and transition from each target expediently during these matches. So as far as practical accuracy goes, lead flat nose rounds are certainly capable.

Getting more into the weeds now, exposed lead projectiles are generally less accurate than their jacketed counterparts. This mainly comes down to the engagement of the bullet with the rifling of the firearm it is being fired in. Exposed lead projectiles may feature slight imperfections, often due to their casting, leading to potential inconsistencies when engaging with rifling. Jacketed bullets essentially eliminate any imperfections as the jacketing provides a consistent coverage of the projectile. This means that full metal jacket (FMJ) bullets yield better and more consistent engagement with rifling than their exposed lead counterparts. Better engagement with rifling is conducive to better accuracy. How noticeable is this? Again, it all comes down to the individual shooter. If you were to employ a vise or a rest and remove the human element from the equation, you may see a difference. Practically speaking, one may find the difference to be negligible or unnoticeable when actually shooting.


Is LRNFP Ammunition Viable for Self Defense?

Simply put, in today’s market, there are much better options for self-defense than ammunition featuring exposed lead flat point projectiles. This is particularly due to the fact that these projectiles are not conducive to expansion, making them considerably less viable than their jacketed hollow point (JHP) counterparts. While JHP loads are designed to expand upon impact and impart fight-stopping levels of kinetic energy transfer, lead flat nose rounds simply cannot match this performance. This comes down the fact that these lead flat nose projectiles are utilitarian in design and are not optimized for self-defense like the JHP loads are. Some JHP loadings on the market today take advantage of things such as bonded projectiles, high velocity loadings, and other modern enhancements. These are things that simple exposed lead flat nose projectiles simply cannot compete with in terms of defensive performance. While all ammunition is certainly lethal, some loadings are simply more optimized for self-preservation than others.


Are LRNFP Projectiles Dirty?

When shooting ammunition of any kind with an exposed lead projectile, one will find that their bore gets quite dirty. This is due to the fact that the exposed lead is directly contacting the rifling when it is traveling downrange. Because of this, lead is going to be deposited more directly into the lands and grooves of the rifling than it would with an FMJ projectile. Granted, no ammunition is truly clean and there isn’t a commercially available load available that doesn’t produce fouling and dirty up your gun. One should also consider the fact that the general dirtiness of a firearm is dependent on how often it is shot and how often it is cleaned. Higher round counts mean more fouling and more cleaning required. Simply put, ammunition of this type will be a bit dirtier than jacketed options on the market.



All in all, lead round nose flat point ammunition remains a viable choice for shooters of many use cases. We here at True Shot carry a variety of loadings of this type from manufacturers such as Atomic Ammunition. Whether you’re looking for this style of ammunition or something else, we here at True Shot have you covered. Happy shooting.


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