FAQ

How do we get in contact with the Balistix Team?

By placing your enquiry on our Contact Us page or through our email addresses at chris@balistixbullets.com and roelof@balistixbullets.com

We can also be reached through any of the dealers listed on our webpage under Dealer Network.

Where do we buy Balistix bullets?

At any of the dealers listed on our webpage.

Since we are busy establishing our dealership network you might experience no representation in your area.

In this scenario please feel free to contact Balistix Bullets directly at via the Contact Us section for assistance on this matter.

Where do we get reloading data for calibres not published?

If your nearest dealership cannot help you with a load and you are not familiar with Quick Load, please feel free to contact us on chris@balistixbullets.com or roelof@balistixbullets.com

What are the prices for this bullets?

If your local gunshop cannot help you, please consult the dealer network or contact us directly for assistance.

How do you measure twist on a rifle?

  • Remove the rifle bolt.
  • Make sure the rifle is well supported in a horizontal position, preferably on a rifle stand.
  • Fit a patch on your cleaning rod jag and insert the patch from the chamber side into the barrel bore.
  • Make a reference mark on the cleaning rod by wrapping a piece of masking tape around the rod and aligning this tape with a stationary feature of your gun. The recoil pad is normally a good spot.
  • Make a mark on the masking tape with a felt tipped pen on the 12 o’clock position.
  • Push the rod slowly forward and note the masking tape rotate 360 degrees.
  • With the marked position now at the 12 o’clock position, wrap another piece of masking tape around the cleaning rod at exactly the same stationary feature on your gun. In this case, the recoil pad as mentioned above.
  • Using a tape measure, measure the linear distance between the two masking tapes. It is important to measure from the same position on both tapes (i.e. front/front or rear/rear).
  • This distance can be measured using an imperial measuring tape to give you the inch value. i.e 12” equals a 1:12 barrel twist. Should the distance be measured in millimetres, the inch value can be obtained by dividing the result by 25.4.

Why is twist rate important?

  • If the twist rate on a barrel is too slow for a given bullet, the bullet may experience instability. This instability is also referred to as the Gyroscopic Stability Factor (GS).
  • Marginal stability as a rule of thumb is a GS value lower than 1.5.
  • Marginally stable bullets may have erratic flight patterns and often “key-holing” is seen on targets.
  • Over stability (i.e. tighter twist barrels) is preferred since bullets will have stable flight. Over-stability is not really a huge issue on monolithic bullets since there in no eccentrism due to core/jacket imperfections as found on lead core bullets. This eccentrism will almost always result in group dispersion on the target.

Why are monolithic bullets more expensive than lead core bullets?

  • Every bullet is turned on a high precision CNC lathe, then individually measured and weighed. The manufacturing time factor for monolithic bullets is therefore longer.
  • The benefit of all this meticulous manufacturing time yield a far superior product in terms of concentricity and accuracy within tolerances that can hardly be achieved by a swaged lead core bullet.

Barrel wear shooting pure copper monolithics vs lead core bullets?

  • Monolithic bullets of proper design have optimized bearing surface contact in the barrel that reduce friction to levels even lower than what is found in lead core bullets. The fact that monolithic bullets are CNC machined affords the designer this very fine optimisation capability that is not possible with swaged bullets.
  • It is a misnomer that friction is the killer of barrels, whereas the main culprit is flame erosion.
  • Further to this the Balistix bullets are HBN treated. This bullet coating is a dry extreme pressure and temperature lubricant that forms a protective barrier in the rifle barrel. The HBN barrier can withstand flame temperatures up to 2400°C whereas some known bullet coatings can only withstand temperatures up to 700°C. Please note that HBN helps to reduce barrel wear, but does not eliminate it.

What is the difference between the HBN coating on Balistix Bullets and other coatings available on the market?

Hexagonal Boron Nitrate is widely used in industrial applications due to its excellent dry lubricating properties and ultra-high-temperature abilities. Of all solid lubricants available today, Hexagonal Boron Nitrate has the best combination of high temperature resistance & lubricating properties.

Balistix Bullets is the first monolithic bullet manufacturer to offer HBN coated bullets ready to load. HBN has the following major benefits:

Excellent Lubrication

  • HBN application results in less fouling and less pressure compared to untreated monolithic bullets.
  • Reduced extreme velocity spread and therefore improved precision and accuracy.
  • Improved accuracy between cold bore and follow up shots. Further reduces elevation dispersion.
  • Reduction in barrel wear.

Inert

  • Unlike other popular bullet coatings the HBN will not react with moisture and form acids that can harm your barrel and result in chemical erosion.

Clean

  • The bullet has a translucent opaque colour with no messy residue, unlike molybdenum disulfide.
  • HBN is non-toxic.

High Temperature Resistance

  • HBN does not bind to the barrel during firing, therefore easy barrel cleaning.
  • HBN can sustainably be used at approximately 900°C while other solid lubricants such as molybdenum disulfide will start to oxidize and lose their lubricating properties at much lower temperatures. Hexagonal Boron Nitrate’s friction coefficient stays almost constant over a large range of temperatures.

How would wind affect a monolithic bullet VS a lead core bullet

  • Assuming the lead core bullet and the monolithic bullet are both designed for the same twist rate barrel, you will find that the monolithic bullet will be approximately 15% lighter than the equivalent in length of a lead core bullet. This lighter monolithic bullet will leave the muzzle at a higher muzzle velocity. Higher muzzle velocities also favours better BC’s.
  • A better BC at a higher muzzle velocity is key to the old saying “speed beats wind”.