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to the Split Nose design, because the base fragment of the SN bullet is a wadcutter shaped, nose-heavy (because of the hollowbase) frag that weighs over half of the wt of the entire bullet. That assures decent penetration and tissue damage. The QuikShok is divided evenly into thirds, lengthwise, so no one of its segments penetrates any deeper than the others.

Also, you can't MAKE such Quik shoks, but anyone can EASILY make Split Nose bullets. All it takes is using "non-lead" solder as your casting alloy. get it for $8 a lb, at your local plumbing supply store. get the lightest wt bullet (mold) available in your caliber of choice. The tin-antimony casting alloy will give you a bullet that weighs less than 2/3rds of what it would weigh in linotype casting alloy.

Then you hollowbase it, deep and wide, getting rid of 10-20 grs (depending upon the caliber) hollowpoint it and deepen the grease groove, lightening it by another 5-10grs. Then you either slit the nose with a dremel and a little mandrel mounted metal 'saw blade", if you don't care about accuracy, or you make a special set of soft jaws for a mill vise, and use a horizontal mill with a slitting saw, to slit 6 or so bullet's noses at a "pass" of the mill table.
 

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The biggest problem with the split nose bullet is its highly variable wound pattern.

Even when it expands and breaks apart as designed the fragments tend to travel edge forward. This semi-stable orientation minimizes the wound. Another possibility is that one "petal" breaks off, causing the bullet to re-orient to a non-expanding yaw angle. This leaves a fragment and a lumpy bullet.
 

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This split nosed crap is the same thing as "X"-ing bullets if done right with the right material it works otherwise it's a waste of effort.

The only bullets like this that seem to work well are ones designed to expand, not fragment. Barnes X-bullets come to mind.

Even before hearing of JMD here, I read and knew of criminals who would do silly crap to make ammunition "more deadly" or "more powerful". Mostly to make up for poor marksmanship on their part
 
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