I was looking at some recently acquired Federal Ballisticlean 9mm and noticed that I have two index numbers which represent two different projectile types from the first style of this line.
The current “Ballisticlean” uses the “RHT” bullets which are typical looking compressed copper/tin, but the original style was the soft-point looking projectile which had the zinc core/tip with copper jacket. These were available in common pistol calibers from the mid-90’s through to around 2000 when Federal switched to the RHT style bullet for this line. The two that I have are the BC9NT1 and the BC9NT2. Oddly enough, the BC9NT2 appears as an earlier variation from what I have, hailing from at least 1995, while the BC9NT1 is dated as a 1998 design from my box. The BC9NT2 has the original style zinc wire wrap look to it which various internet postings refer to as a deadly “roto-rooter” type of bullet, while the BC9NT1 was a more solid looking zinc tip with no detectable wire segmentation. The headstamps are different with the “NT” being oriented differently for each.
The boxes are exactly the same except that the end-flap sticker labels are different in terms of description (CQT vs “soft point”), stamped lot number, and printed index number. Also the boxes have printed year dates on the back (1995 for NT2 and 1998 for NT1)