New guns are always exciting, but where would guns be without ammo? And, in many ways the ammunition scene has been evolving faster over the last several years than the changes we’ve seen in firearms. Among these developments we’ve seen new brands of ammunition and new bullets of radically different design. Three of the most interesting developments at Wednesday’s SHOT Show have come from Colt, Black Hills and Polycase.
Colt has combined with Doubletap to produce and distribute new lines of Defense and National Match ammunition. The Colt Defense line features JHP pistol bullets that consistently expand in test media and penetrate well. Calibers include .380 ACP, .38 Special, 9mm., .45 ACP and 10mm. Pricing is very competitive with 20 round boxes selling for between $18.95 and $19.95, depending upon caliber. A fifty round box of .38 Spl. 110 gr. JHP goes for $35.95, which is a bargain at today’s defensive ammo prices. In addition, a Colt/Doubletap produces a high-performance .223 Rem. rifle load with a 62 gr. bonded bullet for $19.95 per 20, which is competitive with offerings from other companies.
Colt National Match is a high-performance line of ammunition in 9mm, .45 ACP, 10mm. and .223 Rem. that features match-grade FMJ bullets. These precision-crafted loads range in price from $23.95 for a 50 round box of 124 gr. 9mm. to $29.99 for 50 round boxes of .45 ACP, 10mm. and .223 Rem. A 155 gr. load in .308 Win. is topped with a TMK Match bullet and is priced at $23.50/20 rounds. Comparable match ammo from other companies in this caliber is often found in stores for up to $40 per box of 20! For more information go to www.doubletapammo.com.
Black Hills introduced its new Honey Badger line of Defense ammunition at this year’s Show. This line features very high velocity loads topped with light for caliber Lehigh Defense all copper non-expanding fluted bullets. These bullets create very large wound cavities by accelerating tissue fluids away from the wound track as the bullet passes through the target. The fluted bullet is designed to be barrier blind yet in gelatin tests most fluted self-defense loads penetrate in the vicinity of 14-18 inches, depending upon bullet weight. Honey Badger is available in 60 gr. .380 ACP, 100 gr. .38 Spl.+P, 125 gr. 9., 135 gr. .45 ACP and 160 gr. .44 Magnum.
In addition, Black Hills has created new rifle loads in its Black Hills Gold line that use Hornady’s highly accurate and flat-shooting ELD-M match bullets and ELD-X hunting bullets. The ELD-M match loads come in .260 Rem., .308 Win. and .30-06 and should be very popular with competitive shooters. The ELD-X loads are available in 162 gr. 7mm. Mag. and 178 gr. .300 Win. Mag. Hunters will especially like the ability of the ELD-X to retain weight on close-range shots while still expanding well at ranges where other bullets fail to expand at all. For more information go to www.black-hills.com.
Polycase has redesigned its round-nosed Inceptor bullet and re-packaged it in new 50 round boxes which are competitive in price with FMJ lead loads from other manufacturers. The lightweight Inceptor bullet is made of a non-toxic polymer/copper blend developed by Poly One Corporation. Not only is it non-toxic, but the Inceptor bullet fragments when it hits steel, making it especially good for those who shoot steel matches or who shoot on indoor ranges that require non-toxic ammunition. Inceptor ammunition is available in .380 ACP, 9mm., 9mm. +P, .40 S&W and .45 ACP.
Polycase has also come out with a new hunting load as well. The .458 SOCOM has been popular for hunting hogs for a number of years, especially for those who hunt from blinds. Unfortunately, it can kick quite a bit when fired from an AR15 platform. Polycase is now producing a .458 SOCOM load that launches a 200 gr. fluted polymer/copper bullet at 2250 fps., delivering 2449 ft. pds. of energy at the muzzle. I’ve seen photos of hogs shot with of a prototype of this load and its performance was clearly outstanding. For more information go to www.polycase.com.
Few people enjoy cleaning guns after a long day at the range, and more than a few of my friends and acquaintances have become pretty lax about it now that corrosive primers are a thing of the past. Fortunately, pump shotguns and bolt action rifles are pretty forgiving. However, now that the AR-15 platform has become one of the best-selling guns on the market, carbon build-up has become a significant issue affecting reliability. Fortunately, Real Avid has come up with the Carbon Boss. This innovative and easy to use triangular tool can fit in your pocket or be carried in its handy carrying case. It performs fifteen essential functions involved in disassembling and removing carbon from the AR-15 bolt group and keeps the sometimes finicky AR running smooth and reliable. MSRP is $29.99. For further information contact www.realavid.com.