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It can be of a single heavy metal such as lead, or a composite of an outer envelope of brass/copper and an inner core of lead, sometimes with a steel tip. The shape of the bullet can vary from ogival with a pointed tip to cylindrical with a flat tip. The shape and composition of the bullet affect the ballistic flight (called external ballistics) and dictate the effect on striking the target (called terminal ballistics).Adapted from: Report of the Group of Experts on the problem of ammunition and explosives, UN doc. A/54/155, 29 June 1999, Annex I.
Last updated on: 01 February 2014