Safari Raptors

The Safari Raptor hollow point projectile with the BBW #13 nose profile is the king of expanding projectiles. It delivers massive trauma and deep penetration, in addition to excellent accuracy. Each projectile is lathe turned from a solid piece of brass to be extremely consistent in terms of uniformity and weight. Its unique hexagonal cavity has been specifically engineered to perform in a certain way, which it does every time.

How They Work

The hexagonal cavity of the Safari Raptor is engineered so that after impact and within the first four inches of penetration, the six sides of the cavity shear off, moving forwards and outwards. These six blades slice their way through flesh and organs in a consistent star pattern, not only creating secondary wound channels, but spreading the impact trauma over a wider area and weakening the centre.

Due to the hexagonal cavity design, the blades shear off at the corners of the cavity into even size pieces every time. Meanwhile, the solid base is smashing its way through flesh and bone, creating the primary wound channel and acting like a mini-solid, delivering deep and straight penetration. Due to its mono-metal brass construction, it will not further deform, and subsequently it does not tumble or behave erratically, like many conventional expanding cup and core bullets do.

Design Features

Brass Mono-metal Construction – lathe turned from a solid brass rod, the projectiles are extremely consistent in terms of uniformity and weight, leading to excellent accuracy. Despite being slightly harder than copper, the increased lubricity of brass does not increase bore friction or pressures.

67% Meplat – Exhaustive testing revealed that for optimum penetration, the meplat (nose) should be 67% of the shank diameter. While this is less important with the hollow point, it is consistent with the BBW #13 Solid design, so that the two projectiles have almost identical trajectory characteristics, providing the same point of aim. Each Safari Raptor hollow point has a partner Safari Solid projectile (with the same external shape and dimensions but slightly higher weight) for this very reason.

13o Nose Angle – The angle of the nose is also important for optimal penetration characteristics. Again, the Safari Raptor hollow point has been matched to its partner Safari Solid.

3 + 1 Driving Band Configuration – The use of driving bands as opposed to a full calibre shank means that friction is reduced, lowering peak chamber pressures. This in turn, allows increased velocity via an increased powder charge. The 3 + 1 design provides good neck tension as well as positive alignment with the bore and rifling, for enhanced accuracy. Testing has shown that when compared to conventional bullets with equivalent weight and seating depth, the Safari Raptor's 3 + 1 band configuration results in both reduced chamber pressure and barrel strain. This makes these projectiles especially suited to use in the thin walled barrels of double rifles.

Deep Hexagonal Cavity – The precision cut hexagonal cavity promotes rapid expansion and shear of the six blades (cavity side walls). The design of the cavity width and depth ensures that the blades shear consistently in terms of their size, as well as shearing at the same time. The projectiles have been tested and refined to ensure that they have a low velocity shear point (LVSP). This makes them suitable for a range of cartridges (including those for lever action rifles), impact velocities and ranges.

Raptor Tips – All Safari Raptor hollow points can accept the polycarbonate Raptor Tip for superior downrange ballistic performance by significantly increasing the projectile's ballistic coefficient. They are available in Standard or Short configurations, depending on the rifle's magazine length. These can be inserted or removed at the discretion of the user, depending on their requirements or intended application.

Range of Weights – Most calibres have a range of bullet weights for the Safari Raptors (and their partner Safari Solids), allowing the hunter to select the right bullet weight for their intended purpose and calibre.

 

Note: Because these projectiles are solid brass, they are considerably longer than lead core projectiles of the same weight. As such, they will likely require a faster twist than the same weight lead core projectile. Please check the Technical Data Sheet to ensure that the projectiles you are interested in are compatible with your rifle's barrel twist rate.

For technical data on the DGBR-HP projectiles, click on Technical Data Sheet - Safari Raptors. All technical data sheets can also be found in the Technical Notes section, under the Ammunition Notes heading.

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