Protected Point

Woodleigh Protected Point Bullets                                              Protected Point bullets are available in a range of calibres:- 6.5mm, 270 Win, 7mm, 275 H&H, 308 cal, 30/06, 300 Win Mag, 303 British 174gr, 303/7.62mm x 39mm, 325 Win, 8mm, 338 Federal, 338 Mag, 358 Cal, 9.3 Cal, 375 cal, 416 Rigby, 458 Mag, 505 Gibbs, and 500 Jeffery,


Very popular all round bullet to suit a variety of conditions. The higher ballistic coefficient bullet design has all the excellent qualities of typical Woodleigh Bullets which are highly regarded by serious game hunters. These bullets also feature the Weldcore technology as do all Woodleigh soft nose bullets.

Internal grooves at the nose section strategically weaken the front jacket area for consistent controlled expansion in bullets 6.5mm to 8mm. The small flat nose with minimal lead showing will not deform under recoil in the magazine of bolt action rifles.

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 Woodleigh Protected Point Bullet






Equipment Analysis: Woodleigh's Protected Point Bullets by Briel Jackson, editor of "Guns & Game" magazine - Australia Published October- December, 1997 Issue No. 16.

Woodleigh Bullets of Murrabit, Victoria, have come up with a new design called the 'protected point'. The bullet is more spire point than Woodleigh's more traditional rounded bullets, but has a small flat nose, with less lead showing.

The concept is to have a nose construction that will not deform under recoil in magazine rifles, while also adding a little more aerodynamics to the projectile than currently offered by the typical round nose design of most Woodleigh bullets.

Construction is similar to all other Woodleigh expanding bullets, with a soft lead core physically adhered to a tough tapered outer jacket. At the nose section are six internal grooves which are designed to strategically weaken the front jacket area for reliable expansion.

The protected point bullets are available in a range of calibres from .30 to .458 in nine bullet weights. To test some of the new range, we used .30 calibre bullets in 165gn and 180 grain weights, as well as 375's in 270gn and 300gn weights.

The true test of a great big game bullet is to hunt the game for which the bullet was intended. Testing mediums are useful for comparison purposes, but ultimately you have to shoot something. Accuracy is not significant in a big game bullet, provided it is adequate for the job in hand. For big game, a 2" group at 100 yards would be considered adequate. Just to be sure the Woodleigh's were in the ball park, we fired some of the .30 calibre bullets over the bench at 100 yards. The first three 180 grainers from a Sako 75 in .30-06 measured 0.6, the second three shots using the 165 grain projectiles measured 1. 1". If the shooter can do his part in the field, obviously bullet placement isn't going to be an issue with the Woodleigh's!

I shot a number of good sized pigs through the chest are with 165 and 180 grain Woodleighs out of the 3006. If the shots were towards the back of the chest, they usually exited, but anything right on the shoulder usually didn't. The smallest pig shot was in excess of 75kg live weight, so they were fully mature pigs with heavy shoulder pads.

Woodleigh Bullets 308 recoveries
.308 Woodleigh bullets Left to right - Unfired 165gn Protected Point & bullet recovered from pigs. 180gn unfired Protected Point alongside 2 bullets recovered from pigs.

We managed to recover a number of 165 grain and 180 grain bullets from those pigs. The longest shots were only about 60 yards away, the closest about 20 yards. The 180's averaged 84% weight retention, the 165's 88%. In all cases, expansion diameter was over double the original .308 diameter, and in some cases nearly three times the original diameter. All the recovered bullets were found under the skin/gristle on the off side, and dissection revealed extensive wound channels.

The .375's proved equally as good on much larger animals. We took the .375 bullets scrub bull hunting out west. Three bullets we recovered from under the skin on the off -side, two were 270 grainers and one 300 grain. The 270 grain bullets retained 80% of their weight, the 300 held 90% of its weight.

Dispatch was immediate in all cases. The 300 grain bullet had a little softer path, missing major bones, and it looked pretty impressive. The two 270's hit more heavily into the chest region and expanded well. Again they mushroomed to a large frontal area and left impressive wound channel... for the job at hand, they performed very well.

The beauty of the Woodleigh is that even at range they still expanded reliably, even when most of their velocity is gone. This ease of expansion means it is unusual for a Woodleigh Weldcore to drill through an animal like a solid would, or like some of the copper nosed hollow points do at low velocity, like X-bullets and Fail Safe.

Test Target Groupings
Test Target Groupings

Overall, we concluded that the Woodleigh's offered good bullet performance, the 165 and 180 grain .30 calibre bullets great choices for big boars and similar sized tough game animals.

I have never used a Woodleigh on game or in test medium and not have it expand, nor have I ever used one in either case and had it fail to penetrate adequately. It is recommended that they should not be used when an impact velocity greater than 2900 fps is likely, this would be akin to shooting an animal at 50 yards with a 300 Magnum. I haven't tried it, but at this velocity I imagine they would expand back to nothing. It is recommended that impact velocity be kept above 1900 fps, though as stated, in my experience, Woodleigh's will open up nicely at impact velocities less than this, especially if they hit something solid.

During load development and actual hunting we observed the bullet's nose damage in the magazine, or lack of it, as the case was. The bullets simply did not exhibit evidence of any damage, so the protected point design certainly works.

My only idea for improvement would be to add a cannelure or crimp groove as featured on the larger Woodleigh's, so the projectile could be held absolutely secure in the case.

Woodleigh's protected point (and their round nose bullets) are a premium conventional controlled expansion bullet that gains its toughness through core bonding. Used as described, I have found them very reliable and effective under all circumstances that have been encountered in the field on medium and large game.

Calibres .458 .416 .375 .338 .300 .277 .284 .288
400 400 235
180 (300 Win Mag)
270 Win
275 H&H