When hunting in areas where unleaded ammo is not required, it is difficult to beat the overall performance of bonded core bullets. Among the array of bonded core bullets are those with the Trophy Bonded name, This is one of the original bonded core hunting bullet brands, and has since been acquired by Federal Cartridge Co., which offers these high tech bullets in factory loaded ammunition.
The differences between traditional jacketed lead bullets and bonded core bullets focus primarily on the “bonding” of the lead core to the copper jacket. Bonding is achieved either mechanically in a form of soldering or chemically. Either way, the core remains attached to the copper jacket after the bullet has expanded “mushroomed.”
Although the bonding itself gives this genre of bullet its designation, the industry has gone way beyond that. Typical bonded core bullets also feature jackets with thicker sides at the base than the nose, and they also typically include some form of skiving or other device in the nose to enhance expansion. And, most of them anymore have a polymer (plastic) tip that aids flight through the air. Thank computers for most of these advances.
Federal Premium® is introducing 11 new Trophy Bonded® Tip centerfire rifle offerings. This projectile combines the best technologies to give big game hunters some of the most complete big game bullet available.
Factory ammo has come so far in recent times that anymore it is difficult to handload as well. Also, the vast array of bullet designs and weights available mean that virtually any conceivable hunting situation can be addressed with precisely the right loading. We are talking true high tech here.
The Trophy Bonded Tip provides great weight retention, excellent penetration and impressive in-flight characteristics. Federal’s engineering team took the heralded Trophy Bonded® Bear Claw® platform and added numerous features for a substantial increase in performance.
A neon, translucent polymer tip and boat-tail design for flat trajectory and improved accuracy are combined with a solid copper shank to crush bone. Trophy Bonded Tip won’t explode or violently disrupt on impact—it will drive deep and penetrate while staying in tact.
Exterior skiving on the nickel-plated bullet ensures optimum expansion at all ranges. These loads also feature a nickel-plated case for easier extraction. New 2009 Offerings Include:
Part No. Description
P270TT4 270 Win 130-gr Trophy Tip High Energy 3200 fps
P270TT2 270 Win 150-gr Trophy Tip 2830 fps
P270WSMTT2 270 WSM 150-gr Trophy Tip 3100 fps
P708TT2 7mm-08 140-gr Trophy Tip 2800 fps
P280TT2 280 Win 140-gr Trophy Tip 2950 fps
P308TT4 308 Win 165-gr Trophy Tip High Energy 2880 fps
P3006TT4 30-06 180-gr Trophy Tip High Energy 2880 fps
P338FTT2 338 Federal 200-gr Trophy Tip 2630 fps
P300RUMTT1 300 RUM 180-gr Trophy Tip 3200 fps
P300WTT2 300 Win Mag 165-gr Trophy Tip 3050 fps
P300WSMTT2 300 WSM 165-gr Trophy Tip 3130 fps
For more information on Trophy Tip, or the entire Federal Premium lineup, go to www.federalpremium.com
Steve Comus is a nationally recognized hunting editor with Safari Club International and a former WON Guns and Hunting Editor. His column appears every other week in WON and he can be reached at email@example.com.