Interesting Bullet. British?


#1

I assume (1st mistake) this is a British item as the round is headstamped 333-280 Jefferys. The bullet is in 2 parts, apparently. The base reacts to a magnet so it must have a steel core but the tip appears copper and freely spins!

I cannot figure out what the bullet is truly meant to do. What is its purpose?
Enlighten my Colonial mind please. British cartridges are way out of my league anyway.


#2

Its one of the many "patent " bullets that British gunmakers were peddling in the first quarter of the last century.
There was a thread about them recently, I will see if I can find it and pull it forward rather than go through it all again.


#3

I think it should be ( or it is very similar to) a copper caped bullet,a Westley Richards patent.

Very nice sample


#4

Thanks Vince. I thought it must be something like the Bronze Tip design, a controlled expansion technique. An odd looking little critter and some of the dealer sites have hefty prices on them.


#5

The two part bullets as on the pictured example were referred to by Westley Richards as ‘LT’ or ‘Leslie Taylor’ pointed capped expanding bullets. Leslie Taylor invented the capped bullet.