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As usual, Federal keeps working on things...

 

 

Reliable but limited expansion, plenty of penetration, Federal quality.

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It works, Federal makes good stuff, I run their Fusion and "Tactical" bonded stuff in a lot of guns. You should still plan to shoot every feral savage in the head, x2.

 

I'm very impressed with the Hornady ELD-X right now for rifles. S/F....Ken M

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Wish they'd bring back Nyclad, in .38 at least.

 

Why did they drop it?

 

It's always an MBA's fault :)

 

 

Or a marketing f-boy. Recall the Yogi Berra-ism; "Nobody goes there any more, its too crowded."

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It works, Federal makes good stuff, I run their Fusion and "Tactical" bonded stuff in a lot of guns. You should still plan to shoot every feral savage in the head, x2.

 

Even their standard pressure HST fodder is #1 or #2 in pretty much every gelatin shoot-off.

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It was probably the best self defense ammo of the era, especially for the .38 spc which needs every bit of help it can get in 2 in revolvers. I believe Fed does make a polymer coated rnd now which would probably be close. But I haven't see any to chrono. I'll stick with Hornady swaged LSWCHP 158 gr on top of max standard pressure loads of Power Pistol, I have 300 or so loaded in my stash. Pretty well duplicates the classic FBI load at lower pressure. My 9mm has been loaded with Fed 124 gr Hydra-shock or reloads with Speer 124 gr Gold Dots for 25+ yrs and see no reason to change.

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I'm not sure what happened to NyClad; I buy retail, and it simply went away. One account I read was that the anti's claimed that the coating helped it 'slip through body armor', when it was actually to prevent lead build-up in the barrel from the relatively soft bullet. The ease of expansion due to the soft lead alloy is especially beneficial in snubbies.

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People powder coat because it's easier, cheaper and faster than traditional lubing. An RCBS Lam II or Lyman Lubrisizer is an expensive initial investment ($165-$200), a coolwhip bowl and a toaster oven for pc is a lot cheaper. It isn't any better at reducing leading in the barrel or reducing airborne lead, most of which is from the lead styphnate in the priming compound not the bullets. I've tried doing it but wasn't impressed, I'll stick with tumble lube (Ben's Liquid Lube, 60/40 Liquid Alox and Johnson's Wax) or traditional lube from a sizer. I've used the tumble lube in a Garand successfully as well as handguns.

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most of which is from the lead styphnate in the priming compound not the bullets.

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which makes the hubbub about lead free bullets so silly. But the lead-styphanate primers are the most reliable under most temperature conditions, so it is hard to get around them when you do not want to have different loadings for different temperatures..

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