Definition of soft-nosed in US English:



  • (of a bullet) expanding on impact.

    • ‘Muzzleloaders used for deer hunting must be at least .40 caliber in size and use not less than 60 grains of black powder (or a black powder equivalent) and propel one all-lead, lead alloy or copper soft-nosed or expanding bullet or ball at a single discharge.’
    • ‘Remember, you want to do as much damage as possible with your first shot and heavy grained, good quality soft-nosed bullets are essential.’
    • ‘The Magnum Spinners are designed for centerfire handgun cartridges up to .44 magnum using only soft-nosed bullets.’
    • ‘My other rifles I used soft-nosed bullets which were very effective although I always kept a couple of solid nosed bullets at the bottom of the 5 or 6 round magazine in case I faced a head-on large beast like buffalo where the soft nosed bullet might not penetrate.’
    • ‘Anything from a .300 Magnum upwards with a heavy grain soft-nosed bullet is more than enough and shots are never at a great distance.’