Snipped the tips off... how so? I once got some Hornady 75gr AMAX for the 223 and had to shear the red plastic tips off so they would fit the min overal cartridge length and fit in standard AR mags. For reference, Hornady makes a similar 75gr BTHP without the plastic tip that doesn't have that problem. I'll tell you what... I've had more problems with Hornady stuff. They screwed me big time with their FTX bullets and the need to trim the cases to a shorter than SAAMI specs. Who the hell wants to bastardize all their brass for that???