Kicking things off, Jared says one of the most exciting additions for 2019 is the Barnes Triple-Shock X brought back by popular demand. It’s an incredibly reliable, expanding, one-piece, all copper hollow point. Because of its monolithic design, it will retain more than 99% of its weight on impact which translates to deeper penetration. It groups tightly at longer ranges and boasts a reliable and consistent expansion that almost doubles on exit making it incredibly lethal. Jared will explain how solid copper bullets don’t give as much as lead core bullets so extra grooves are added to reduce the overall friction going down the bore, which also helps with accuracy. This is available in almost 20 different loads from .223 in 55 grain up to 180 grains in 30 caliber varieties, hitting all the popular weights for most of the calibers.
Next, Jared looks at the Federal Premium Berger Hybrid Hunter. Because it’s a part of the premium family, Jared says that the bullets are loaded with the finest nickel-plated brass, Gold Medal primers and a specialized propellant that is more temp stable than a lot of the traditional loads out there for the best consistency and reliability. The design of the Berger Hybrid Hunter gives way to a high ballistic coefficient that is achieved by using hybrid tangent-secant ogive features. This high ballistic coefficient translates to less wind deflection and less drop. In addition, it will perform well for hunters and shooters that typically take a little longer shots. If most of your shots are 100 yards or less, Jared says you probably won’t get the max benefit of this bullet, however from 200-400 yards, this is something he would encourage hunters to take a hard look at. Jared says the accuracy potential in this round is extremely high and the fine-tuned bullet weights make it possible to achieve accuracy through a wide range of firearms. Available in about 10 different calibers from .243 Win to .300 WSM, the Berger Hybrid Hunter will be a solid choice for medium to big game animals.
As big game seasons come to a close, hunters are turning more of their attention to predator hunting. In 2018, Federal introduced the 224 Valkyrie designed for the AR-15, based on the 6.8 SPC, and this year they are adding a couple new loads. What makes this load kind of extraordinary, Jared says, is that with the right bullets it’s supersonic out to around 1300 yards. It’s light on the recoil but long on performance allowing you to shoot to long distances with confidence. Jared says a 60-grain Nosler Ballistic Tip or this year’s new 60-grain Hornady V-Max are versatile and highly effective coyote loads. If you’re looking to spend more time at the range target shooting, he says the 90-grain Sierra MatchKing or 80.5-grain Gold Medal Berger hybrid loads are a great choice. He also highlights the Valkyrie’s medium/large game compatibility using last year’s 90-grain Fusion MSR or the new 78-grain Barnes TSX load that is being added to the 224 Valkyrie line. The entirety of the Valkyrie line is flat shooting and capable of accuracy at extreme ranges with less wind drift, drop and recoil than most comparable cartridges.
With all the new offerings, Federal is hitting virtually every popular major cartridge and buyers will find a lot of options on the shelves this year. Listen in as Jared Hinton of Federal Premium Ammunition dives into all these new offerings plus highlights some very cost-effective loads for less than $20 a box that will be especially attractive for those shooters who burn through a lot of rounds. Look for all of these new products to drop soon. In the meantime, if you’re out in the field using Federal Premium Ammunition, Jared says to tag them in your photos with #FederalPremium and they might just feature you on their social media pages.
Eat some wild game burgers and shoot some Bergers