Help me ID this Bullet - Bonded?? ****Updated - Answer Found!
Bought some random ammo, claim was it is bonded. What does it look like to you???
What bullet do you think this is?
BTW, I yanked one of the suckers out with a leatherman and some elbow grease....it is FMJ everywhere but the tip, even on the bottom. I'll include a pic in a bit.
It does look like Trophy Bonded Bear Claw, or Tactical Load from Federal. 62 grain?
That's what I thought too, but I don't want to get my hopes up. Could it be the 64 grain Federal TRU round??
What is the headstamp on the case?
Lead tip looks little large in diameter for TBBC. And although I wouldn't exactly call that a boattail, its a lot closer to one than the TBBC has. Looks to me like Winchester 64gr bonded, here's an example:
The Federal Fusions I have look just like that. The tip is distinct from the TBBC.
The bullet is reloaded by BVAC, they use new Lake City brass. It is advertized as their 64 grain "bonded load". However, the last time I bought from them they were using the 64 grain bonded gold dot bullet, which is a lot pointier and longer. The 64 grain gold dots looked very similar to the 62 grain bonded Fed white box fusion I have. These new bullets are VERY different and look a LOT shorter and wider.
My main fear is that the bullets they used are no longer bonded, though they're advertized as such.
I'll try to take a comparison pic between the gold dot and this new bullet. I had heard that BVAC is associated with Federal somehow, and that they only use Federal reloading components, but that might not be iron clad either.
Bullet on the left is the 64 grain gold dot. I didn't post the 62 grain fed fusion because it looks almost exactly like the gold dot.
With that comparison, they mystery bullet sure looks kinda..."stubby".
This picture is of a LE223T3, they look kind of close. I have seen some of the T3 come in brass casings a couple years back
So pretty much everyone is of the opinion that it IS a bonded bullet? It's not a non bonded of some type like the 64 grain Federal Tru?
I think it might be a Nosler 64gr bonded round that's not in their catalog but is being loaded by SSA.
I'm guessing that it has a poor ballistic coefficient.
sorta looks like winchesters 556. 64gr bonded bullet
I would take BVAC word for it as bonded
remington,win,ATK, all make bonded bullets
Looks like you're correct about it being Nosler.
I wonder how their bullet performs compared to the competition? Does Nosler make any other bonded bullet designs, or is this their first foray?
Looks like we have a winner, the bullet is the Nosler / Winchester Q3313 that is contracted out to and used by the FBI.
Here is a recent thread on the round.
As you can see from the pictures in the thread, the rounds are identical.
Here is a cross section of the round.
I wonder how this round compares to the Trophy Bonded Bear claw? Supposedly has a ballistic coefficient of .240. According to customer service at Nosler, the round should expand down to about 1,700 fps. Gave a range of 1,800 - 1,600fps.