The Bullet of the Future!
I truly see this as the next step up from our premium expanding bullets. We call them"Non Cons" for a reason, they are totally "Non Conventional". They work in a different manner from which our conventional expanding bullets work, Swift A, Woodleigh, Hornady, Nosler, all of our premium and non premium lead core jacketed bullets.
Our "Conventional" wisdom has always taught us that any time a bullet starts to breakup, jacket/core separation, loss of weight, that our penetration starts to decrease radically, and when this occurs there are times the bullet may not reach vital organs. It has happened many times in the past with all of us, either a bullet may not be constructed for the velocity we run it at, or possibly hitting heavy bone and the bullet breaks up, or we choose the wrong bullet for the job at hand.
It took me a very long time to get clued in to the Non Cons and how they work. Like many shooters, it's very hard to get past "Conventional Teachings" and reach outside the box.
What exactly is a "Non Con"?
Non Cons can come in several different configurations, some I am only now discovering. A solid copper hollow point that has 4 or 6 blades/petals that peel back and shear off as it penetrates, a solid brass hollow point, same configuration that does the same, blades shear after 2 inches of penetration then begin to radiate from center. I will explain this just below in detail. Another one that I recently lumped in the Non Con category is the North Fork Expanding Cup Point.
OK now you say "Michael is Nuts", we just got through saying that anytime a bullet starts to break up or loose weight, we take a chance of not getting enough penetration, and now he is saying that's exactly what some of the Non Cons do? This is where we leave our "Conventional Teachings" and get outside the box.
Let's start with a Copper Solid Hollow Point, much like the HPs I have been getting from Lehigh/SSK for the last few years. Hollow Point copper solids with 6 blades. As velocity increases these petals tend to shear off during terminal penetration. They are long petals, about 1/2 inch, they tend to want to hang onto the main bullet, copper is more malleable than brass, so these shear along the path of the wound cavity, causing massive trauma within the wound channel as they shear. The remaining slug then becomes a large flat nose solid, and continues to penetrate, deeper as the petals shear. So, as the bullet looses weight, as the petals shear off, "Penetration Increases"! It does not decrease--but in fact increases, destroying tissue that otherwise would have never been touched, increasing trauma and destruction of tissue.
Below is just about a perfect example of two of the same bullets, in one instance no shearing effect and in the other the blades or petals have sheared. Effectively once those petals or blades have sheared, the remaining bullet becomes a full Solid at that point, and keeps penetrating. If the petals remain on the bullet, the bullet remains a conventional expanding bullet, where the petals are basically forward parachute that keep the bullet from penetrating as deep.