Copper Plated Hollow Point (CPHP) Explained

Hollow point bullets have been used for defense purposes and hunting since their inception. These bullets expand rapidly when they impact a target guaranteeing the most possible damage possible without over-penetrating. One of the most common types of hollow point for sale today is the copper plated hollow point or CPHP. These bullets are affordable, non-corrosive and are available for both pistols and rifles.

The CPHP is a pretty popular bullet type among backyard shooters, pros and reloaders because it’s versatility. You can use it for hunting, home defense, plinking and more.

CPHP Composition

As the name implies, the bullets themselves are copper plated hollow points. That’s pretty self-explanatory and copper over lead is a popular composition because it’s got the weight of lead combined with the smooth, non-corroding copper plating. The casing is typically going to be center-primed brass or steel with the main exception being .22 LR ammo, which is rimfire.

Due to the bullet being coated in copper, you can often use CPHP ammo on shooting ranges both indoor and out and on hunting areas where straight lead is prohibited.

CPHP Performance and Reliability

It’s unfair to judge a bullet type alone without considering all the factors. There are many manufacturers of CPHP ammo including Winchester and Federal Premium along with a handful of lesser known manufacturers.

Checking out comments and user reviews of CPHP ammo shows that it’s quite reliable and many people prefer to use it over normal ammo for everyday use.

Defense Use

Hollow point bullets were initially developed to give normal rounds extra stopping power while hopefully limiting penetration to just their target and not hitting whatever is behind it. Do they do this? Sometimes. You can’t get 100% consistency when hitting an organic target like a home invader, armed mugger or other person aiming to cause you harm. Various things will change performance but overall, they tend to do what they were made to do. They cause a larger than average wound cavity as the bullet expands like a flower petal or mushroom on the way into a target. Usually this will make them not a problem to property or people behind them. Firing a few shots at the range to really get to know your ammo and how it performs is important if you’re using these as a CC or HD ammo.

Hunting Use

What kid didn’t grow up with that old .22 and a box of CPHP? A lot of us, especially in the country were first introduced to this ammo as kids and were taught how to take care of gophers plaguing relative’s pastures, rabbits destroying crops and things like this. Over time we upgraded and parents took us out with a bigger caliber for deer. This is still a popular pattern all over the world and CPHP bullets are popular for animals of all sizes. Naturally you don’t want to shoot deer with .22 caliber ammo so use your judgment.

Written by Sam Jacobs