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This is a quicky review of Longbow's frangible ammo. I shopped for frangible at the SHOT show, lots of different brands out there, and some different claims. Almost all is horribly expensive. After the show, I had a hard time getting most of them to take an
order, let alone answer a few questions. Longbow wanted the business, and seems to have the lowest price, so I got some in .223
and .45. One outfit wanted $.50/bullet just for component bullets... I got 100 .223 and 100 .45. loaded, from Longbow for under$70.

The .45 has a recoil impulse about equal to my major IPSC loads; no feeding or cycling probs. In .223 I have fired too few to say
yet. The big claim here of course is that you can train on steel targets at contact distance without and danger from splatter--
they all claim that and I don't think there's any question there so I didn't really go to town on that. The bullets are made from a
copper powder-filled plastic. They have a dull, abrasive look to them, but presumably they are not bad for a barrel (better not
be!). Some companies are using the ever-popular term "tactical" in ref. to their frangible, so I shot some water jugs (not making any claims as to what that is an indication of; neither this review nor my existance are ISO 9001 compliant). The .223 does a classic blow-up of a gallon milk jug, leaving little chunks of copper material in the bottom. A pinch of it will get through the jug with enough oomph to pepper a piece of plywood-- not much more.

The 145-grain .45 apparently does not go fast enough to give this effect. It blows right through a water jug and keeps on truckin'. Same with wet phonebook. Recovered .45's are in one piece and almost good as new.

Although the .45 does not feel hot, the primer gets pretty flat, and both it and the WW case head get all the breechface marks
transferred to them. Cases are new WW but with the big flash-hole. I'd heard these were coming but it's the first I've seen of
them and it just looks scary. Comments on that, please?

The Longbow bullet is rather long as the bullet material is lighter.

I didn't expect the Longbow to group well, but got 3" at 25 yards. I'm sure it will do better-- to be honest, I did not give it my
best effort having pre-concluded that it would not be accurate. POI was exactly the same as my 200 Rainier HP IPSC load.

 

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Ned,

Have you tried talking to the people from Sinterfire? I'm sure you know one of the big Honchos there.....Dan Smith that used to shoot at Second Chance. I'll bet he could help you out. I have his e mail address somewhere but not at present. I'll look for it in the mean time. They're based in central PA!

Stay safe.....Mike Shovel [email protected]
 
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