One common misunderstanding surrounding this topic is that a boat-tail doesn’t provide any benefit out to 300 yards. This statement has some relevance but is not technically correct or complete. In fact, a boat-tail reduces base drag, and improves BC at all ranges. A better way to express the notion would be: Higher BC bullets, including heavier bullets with boat tails, and long noses, improve ballistic performance at all ranges, however, the ballistic performance benefit at short range is usually not as beneficial to precision as the mechanical advantage of using the lower BC bullets that can be stabilized with a slower twist rate.
In the next article, we’ll explore the effect of BC on precision at long range. The contrast is an important one for shooters to make well informed decisions about bullet selection based on their application.