Power Point (PP) Bullets Explained
The Power Point line of ammunition is one of Winchester’s premium hunting ammunitions. This bullet features a soft lead tip and a notched jacket to create a very uniform level of expansion while maintaining a very high degree of accuracy. This type of bullet is often referred to as a “standard” hunting bullet because they use tried and true technology without any fancy (and expensive) features that some shooters may deem unnecessary.
Some similar ammo lines are the Sierra GameKing, Hornady Interlock and Federal Soft Point. These all look and perform similarly and have been used for hunting successfully for decades. There is a huge following of hunters who simply prefer these older style bullets for hunting because they’ve used them for a very long time and they get the job done nicely.
Power Point Features
Soft Tip – The soft tip on the Power Point bullets allows the bullet to maintain its integrity during flight but when it impacts a target, it expands very rapidly creating a very large wound cavity. With proper shot placement this is almost a guaranteed take down of mid to large sized game.
Copper Jacket – Copper jackets help the bullet maintain its shape and feed smoothly but also encourage very uniform expansion when impact occurs. As the tip hits, it’s forced toward the rear of the bullet creating that spectacular mushroom effect hunters love to see.
Availability – One of the perks of the Power Point is that it’s available almost everywhere bullets are sold. Why is this considered a feature? Have you ever tried to get a specific line of ammo in a region you aren’t very familiar with? It can be a royal pain sometimes. You’re almost guaranteed to find this ammo line everywhere in the US.
Power Point Advantages
As with any older style bullet type you have the advantage of years of use, testing and improvements to how Winchester makes these bullets. Not long ago they changed the profile slightly to improve accuracy and expansion and while subtle, it was a very noticeable improvement on the older style they’ve manufactured for decades. People who shoot the PP a lot know exactly what to expect and know they are getting exactly what they want with each shot.
Power Point Disadvantages
The only true disadvantages to this ammo line are very slight. The most noticeable is that you can probably find a better bullet for specific uses if you really want it. Technology has improved so much over the past 20 years things like the Fusion and Ballistic Tip have gained a lot of popularity and old style bullets like the Power Point can sometimes be left behind as people try out this new technology.
The Winchester Power Point is a great bullet that does exactly what it’s done for years. It can take down game animals of all sizes quickly and easily in the right hands and many hunters around the Internet like it so much, they feel there’s no need to try anything else. On the other hand, some people keep this as their tried and true hunting ammo but simply enjoy dabbling with different brands and ammo lines for fun. The choice is yours but this is a quality ammo that does its job nicely.
Written by Sam Jacobs