Soft point bullets are made by surrounding a soft lead core with a hard jacket while leaving an exposed lead tip.
These bullets have characteristics of both hollow points and full metal jackets.
Because they have a hard jacket, they have good penetration. And because they expand once they hit their mark, they create a large wound cavity.
Soft point bullets offer three main advantages:
The characteristics of soft point bullets that can be considered advantages are the same characteristics that can be considered disadvantages.
While soft point bullets offer some expansion, they are designed to retain more weight to drive deeper into soft tissue.
Similiarly, while soft bullets offer penetration, like a full metal jacket, you won't get the same amount.
Soft points are frequently used for: