Originally Posted by cohunter14
I have been waiting to see Michael Eichele's report, but figured he was busy hunting, as phorwath mentioned. Michael Courtney, do you have any plans on shooting them?
Not unless someone pays us to or we can evaluate credible information suggesting they show more promise for long range work than the high BC offerings from Sierra, Hornady, Berger, and Nosler.
If an independent source verified that they have measured BCs within 5% of the marketing claims, I probably couldn't keep my colleagues from buying some and testing the BCs the next time we set up the system.
Even a report of 10% within the published BC specs for the 220 and 230 grain RBT models would generate a lot of interest in determining the flight consistency and shot to shot consistency of the BCs.
It has long been known that a pointed tip can give higher and more consistent BCs than open tipped match bullets. Using steel may also enhance armor penetration. Taken together, the design elements might not just yield a bullet with consistent and high BCs, but it may also yield a bullet with excellent terminal performance with a chance of getting JAG approval for combat use.
Ever since the two Canadian snipers recorded kills over 2000m with the 750 gr Hornady A-MAX, there has been optimism that a tipped long range bullet could receive JAG approval. The closer the tip is to that of the M855A1, the higher the odds of JAG approval, since the M855A1 is already approved.
However, the demands for manufacturing consistency on this composite design are very high. Poor tolerances will yield a bullet with a lot of pitch and yaw in flight which will poorly impact accuracy and drag.