I have always heard that boat-tail bullets are better down-range,but.......what about 'out of the hole'? I am usually shooting 100yds, give or take for hunting. What is the difference shooting under 100 yds? It would seem to me that a boat-tail would be ineffecient for pressure, a flat based bullet would seal the throat better on firing and seems that it would have better pressure through the length of the barrel. It just seems to me that the base of a boat-tail defies logic. Is there anyone here that could explain this? I really dont know what is involved with the pressures moving down the barrel. Does the shape of the base make a difference? I understand that a boat-tail would be more aero-dynamic in flight, but if I am shooting at closer range for hunting, rather than long range target shooting, would a flat base be a better choice?