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Old 04-28-2012, 17:54   #1
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Federal Tactical Bonded .357sig ammo

In all the discussions here about what ammo people use in their .357sig, the conversations constantly focus on only a few specific rounds (Speer GD, Double Tap, Ranger, and sometimes HST). A while ago I picked up a 1/2 case of Federal Tactical Bonded 125gr, product code LE357ST4, at a decent price and haven't even bothered shooting any of it yet. No one ever seems to mention this Federal offering, despite it being a bonded round, which theoretically should make it a strong performer. I'm guessing it is just generally overshadowed by HST, which people assume to be Federal's premium line (even though HST is a non-bonded round).

Has anyone ever done any testing with this Tactical Bonded load? Specifically chrono and gelatin tests? I would be very interested to see any results, as well as hear about anyone else's experience with this round.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:29   #2
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I'm not sure I've even seen it for sale in the local & online retailers I usually use. I know Federal makes a great round, but I almost never come across it, so I've generally stuck with Speer since they're easier to obtain and so darn consistent.
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Old 04-29-2012, 20:52   #3
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It appears to be very hard to find, which I think is why no one really talks about it. Heck, I didn't even go out looking for it when I bought it, I just happened upon a pretty good deal on them online and figured I'd go ahead and buy them. If I remember correctly they came out to ~$23 per 50rd box, which seems like a good deal on any bonded JHP round.

The bonded Golden Sabres are even easier to find than this round, which says a lot, because that stuff is rare. I guess I will just patiently wait for someone to post a youtube video with a test on the Federal.

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Old 04-30-2012, 05:41   #4
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It appears to be very hard to find, which I think is why no one really talks about it. Heck, I didn't even go out looking for it when I bought it, I just happened upon a pretty good deal on them online and figured I'd go ahead and buy them. If I remember correctly they came out to ~$23 per 50rd box, which seems like a good deal on any bonded JHP round.

The bonded Golden Sabres are even easier to find than this round, which says a lot, because that stuff is rare. I guess I will just patiently wait for someone to post a youtube video with a test on the Federal.
That's a good deal indeed. It's the same price as the least expensive FMJ I can find locally.
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Old 04-30-2012, 14:35   #5
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Sure looks like it will be a good round!! I will get a box and add it t the list I sure won't find it at the price you did.... if I could, I might make it a staple. Right now, there are several rounds I would have no problems carrying - Gold Dot, Ranger bonded, HST, Gold Sabre bonded, Corbon and others! So many great choices these days (with both firearms and loads!)
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:07   #6
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The 9mm +P is a 135. That would be a nice addition in 357 auto @ 1250-1300. Split the posts of 125 and 147 pretty well. Something tells me it'll never happen though.
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Old 05-05-2012, 20:49   #7
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I honestly think that Federal might have discontinued this round. I cannot find it anywhere online. This actually wouldn't surprise me since it appears that Federal is focusing on HST as their premium JHP line. I guess I'm glad I picked up 500rds while it was still around... although I still haven't seen how the round performs, so for all I know the round is junk (doubtful though).

I'm going to shoot some rounds into water jugs sometime later this summer and see how they do. Hopefully I can also get my hands on a chronograph beforehand so I can get velocity measurements. I'll report back with photos.
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Old 05-06-2012, 15:18   #8
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I honestly think that Federal might have discontinued this round. I cannot find it anywhere online. This actually wouldn't surprise me since it appears that Federal is focusing on HST as their premium JHP line.
I found it HERE although you can see it is nowhere near the bargain you got! I ordered one box and it should be here tomorrow. Then I will add it to the list I keep on the first page of THIS THREAD...... it will bring the list to 109!! Looking forward to seeing your test results!!
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Old 05-07-2012, 00:03   #9
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That price is... absurd. And it doesn't even include shipping.

There is absolutely no reason the ammo should cost that much. We all know that .357sig is not a cheap round, but that crack is whack.
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That price is... absurd. And it doesn't even include shipping.

There is absolutely no reason the ammo should cost that much. We all know that .357sig is not a cheap round, but that crack is whack.
Adding the word "Tactical" automatically adds $20 to the price.... thank goodness they didn't name it Ninja Tactical!!
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