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Federal’s silver bullet

13 Nov 2020
@ 11:52 am (GMT)

Scott Struif

Federal have introduced a new bullet that truly deserves the appellation “hybrid.” It’s a copper bullet with a twist: it’s got a soft lead front core and a all-copper rear core. Seems like it would avert the dreaded core separation of the partition.

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13 Nov 2020
@ 11:57 am (GMT)

Scott Struif

Re: Federal’s silver bullet
It’s not really silver plated, but rather nickel plated, so I guess I can’t use the flatware cleaner to clean my barrel.
13 Nov 2020
@ 12:42 pm (GMT)

Luis Vazquez

Re: Federal’s silver bullet
Hi Scott:

I purchased some Federal Premium Ammo for my 7mm Rem Mag, some with the 168gr Berger Hybrid Hunter and some with the 140gr Trophy Bonded Tip that is Nickel played. Bought them simply for the brass but they also shoot really good, both group under half inch at 100 yds. The 168gr Hybrid put down a nice coues deer yesterday at 280 yds, dropped him on the spot.

Anyways I've shot both one after the other and have had no issues cleaning the bore. I use Montana X-Treme and it has worked great.

Best regards

Luis
13 Nov 2020
@ 01:12 pm (GMT)

Scott Struif

Re: Federal’s silver bullet
Hi Luis. Thanks for the story. Congratulations on your shot. A coues at 280 is impressive. Not much wiggle room there! I’ve read Federal’s new “Terminal Ascent” is based on their Trophy Bonded Tip.
13 Nov 2020
@ 01:24 pm (GMT)

Luis Vazquez

Re: Federal’s silver bullet
Thanks Scott, I believe the Terminal Ascent replaced the Edge TLR, it's designed for deep penetration being an almost all copper bullet.

My guess is it will shoot good as it's supposed to be a better more consistent replacement. The TLR had some weight and shape inconsistencies.

Best regards

Luis
14 Nov 2020
@ 12:36 am (GMT)

Paul Leverman

Re: Federal’s silver bullet
Luis - not to hijack the thread, how do you find the FC brass? Obviously, you like it, or you wouldn't have bought it, but I'm interested in the characteristics like hard/soft? , primer pockets? , number of loads? sizes well? . Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.

And, sorry Scott.
14 Nov 2020
@ 09:49 am (GMT)

Luke Lahdenranta

Re: Federal’s silver bullet
Quote:
Luis - not to hijack the thread, how do you find the FC brass? Obviously, you like it, or you wouldn't have bought it, but I'm interested in the characteristics like hard/soft? , primer pockets? , number of loads? sizes well? . Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.

And, sorry Scott.


I have a batch of 60 pieces of federal premium nickel brass that I got for my m700 7mm rem mag that I shot when I first got it a few years ago. THe 165 gr Sierra btsp load shot really well for me so I bought a couple more boxes to get me going. I now have been loading those same cases with Fed 215M primers and 70 gr Retumbo and the 162gr Hor SST and the cases are on either 4 or 5 reloads now and going strong. I have now just given them a trim and they are ready to go again. I have found them to reload just fine. I bought 100 Hornady 7mm mag cases and some Remington brass shortly after I bought the rifle but have not even dipped into them since the initial batch of Federal Premium nickel cases having been going strong.

Now that said I have a couple hundred once fired 243 federal fusion brass that I am not sure if I will get even one or two reloads from them since the primer pockets look to be stretched. I bought a hundred pieces of Hornady brass to cover me when those get used up for light practice loads. It may be that the stuff in the premium lines of ammo is a little harder than the cheap stuff.

Luke
14 Nov 2020
@ 10:49 am (GMT)

Luis Vazquez

Re: Federal’s silver bullet
Hi Luke:

I've been using FC nickel brass since I was a kid shooting silhouette competition, so for 30+ years now. Back then my dad got it in 308 Win and we necked it down to 7mm-08. I recently found an old ammo box of his with old F.C nickel brass that is still stamped 308 Win. The Nickel plated brass has always been great quality, I do inspect it well for nickel plating coming off after a few reloads. I have some in my 7mm-08 that's on the 10th reload, pockets are still good and plating is perfect.

My 7mm-08 happens to like the Federal Premium ammo with the 140gr Accubond that shoots half MOA groups so I went ahead and bought 5 boxes when this crazy ammo shortage started. I also have another 100 for my wifes 7mm-08 as well.

I have a couple hundred new cases of the regular old Winchester brass that also works great, just needs a lot of prep work and I haven't had to time to work on it. With the FC ammo the brass is fireformed and ready. Note, I only neck size my brass, I do this for every rifle.

Hope this helps

Luis



 

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