Federal Premium Vital-Shok Trophy Copper Ammo in 30-30

Federal 30-30

Federal Premium unveiled a number of new rifle loads at the 2015 SHOT Show. One of those is a new 30-30 loading.

The new Vital-Shok Trophy Copper round uses a polymer-tipped copper-allow bullet that is supposed to retain up to 99% of its weight “…for the deepest penetration in an expanding bullet.” According to Federal, the polymer tip increases the ballistic coefficient and ensures expansion across a greater range of impact velocities.

The bullet is 150 grains. Federal has not published the muzzle velocity of this load, but its other 150 grain loadings in 30-30 run at 2,390 fps.

The MSRP is $37.95 for a box of 20 rounds.

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  • USMC03Vet

    Needs a longer name for almost $2 a round.

    • Steve

      Yea that is a bit steep, but please buy plenty. I need my Vista stock to go up.

    • Randy Vooty

      MSRP is seldom the reality, so it could be (more or) less expensive at the gun counter. I have used copper bullets for the last two years on elk (Hornady GMX), and both elk were just as dead as my previous critters killed with lead-copper bullets. On my last elk the bullet entered between the ribs, took out the heart, hit the offside shoulder low and shattered both bones above and below the knee before completely exiting (125 yards, 7mm-08). I like copper bullets and my wife doesn’t grumble about eating lead.

    • The Rifleman

      All they need to do to justify the cost is ad the word “Tactical” to the box!

  • Vitsaus

    I’m still up in the air about copper, but in CA its just about all you can use so not like I really get a choice in the matter. Still, .30-30 is a solid bullet for heavily wooded areas, wish some one would make a decent bolt action for it.

    • Randy

      I have an old Savage bolt action that is decent, but it’s magazine fed and that limits the OAL for my hand loads. That said, I think a .30-30 bolt action is, in the parlance of the regular TFB comments, “a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.”

  • CrankyFool

    That bullet looks like it doesn’t just allow copper, it practically requires it!

    • GGeeooffff

      Frickin’ proofreaders, man.

      This comment had me scratching my head for the longest time.

      • Tassiebush

        Yeah I hate them! They’re ducking aunts!

  • Don Ward

    Wonder how it compares with Hornady’s Lever-Lution (or however it’s spelled) offering?

    • Ustyce Holmestad

      …The Vital-Shok Trophy Copper doesn’t have lead in it, and the Leverultion does?
      The Vital-Shok weighs 150g and Hornady’s offerings Leverution factory loads are 140g and 160g.

      • Don Ward

        Yeah. Well, there’s that…

        • Nicky

          Ask stupid questions, get stupid answers.
          Ask specific questions, …

          • Don Ward

            Gee. Asking how the Federal ammo compares to its direct competitor in terms of modern 30-30 ammunition is hardly a “stupid question”. Less Internet tough guy routines if you please.

  • Awesome. I love all the new ammunition options for .30-30. Can’t wait to try this in my new Mossberg 464.