Tangent Ogive

Posted in: Shooters Glossary

A bullet with a tangent ogive has a gradual curving profile when compared to the more abrupt and sharp cone-like secant ogive. The tangent ogive has an advantage in its design in that the more gradual curving profile allows a projectile to align itself inside a barrel and into the rifling of the barrel. This means that tangent ogive rounds are less sensitive to how they are seated inside their casings, as they can adjust slightly on their own thanks to their rounded shape.

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