Would You Reload a Bear Claw? Federal Premium Now Selling their Trophy Bonded Tip

Trophy Bonded Tip

Federal Ammunition has produced a lot of great ammo over the years. Some of it utilizes other brand’s bullets creating optimal performance while on some occasions it is a bullet from Federal’s own handiwork. Federal Premium’s Trophy Bonded Bear Claw ammunition using a Trophy Bonded Tip definitely fits that definition. Reloaders everywhere will have something new to try because Federal is now offering that tip as a reloading component.

Initially, it will be offered in three different diameters with two grain weights each as seen below.

  • .270 caliber | 0.277” | 130-grain Trophy Bonded Tip | 50-count | MSRP $34.95
  • .270 caliber | 0.277” | 140-grain Trophy Bonded Tip | 50-count | MSRP $31.95
  • 7mm caliber | 0.284” | 140-grain Trophy Bonded Tip | 50-count | MSRP $34.95
  • 7mm caliber | 0.284” | 160-grain Trophy Bonded Tip | 50-count | MSRP $31.95
  • .30 caliber | 0.308” | 165-grain Trophy Bonded Tip | 50-count | MSRP $31.95
  • .30 caliber | 0.308” | 180-grain Trophy Bonded Tip | 50-count | MSRP $29.95

The MSRP for these 50-count boxes is pretty steep considering its Federal Premium’s first attempt at offering these to the public. Although, Bear Claw ammunition and the Trophy Bonded Tip does have a legendary reputation and shooters have begged for years to see these available for reloading. Reloaders now have their wish answered.

The features of these bullets that Federal Premium is touting to the public goes as such:

  • Polymer tip material provides the industry’s highest heat resistance for the most consistent ballistics
  • Boat-tail design for flat trajectories and match-grade accuracy
  • Robust bonding maximizes weight retention
  • Solid shank for bone-crushing penetration
  • Grooved shank minimizes fouling and improves accuracy
  • Offered in bullet diameters and weights perfect for the most popular big game cartridges

Deliveries of these bullets should be headed to your nearest gun shop (that stocks reloading supplies). Time will be able to tell if the legendary Bear Claw ammunition can be replicated by handloaders and if the expensive price tag is well worth it.

The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • DrewN

    Eh, how much non-shotgun hunting ammo do most folks go thru? I’ve had my 6.5 x .08 since 1977 and I doubt it has 200 rounds through it total. And it’s my main hunter, my .264 has less than 100 and my 9.3 x 62 the same. 3 sighters, plus hopefully just one or two in the field is 5 rounds per trip…

    • dhdoyle

      Sorry to hear that your rifles stay in your closet most of the year. A lot of us like to take them out more often than twice.

      • DrewN

        California. Every few years I manage a real trip, but I’m a meat hunter, and I can only eat/store so much meat a year. And that includes fish. So 10 rounds of big game ammo a year does me fine. And I do reload, my point is more that 50 big game bullets would last me so long it doesn’t really matter if they are a little costly.

    • Toxie

      Well drew, those that reload know that load work-up can be considerable for some rifles. Trying to eke out accuracy from your rifle may take multiple iterations of primers, powder and brass to find the best combination, and (in my reloading experience) it can be highly entertaining trying to get the penultimate accuracy out of your rifle using different combinations.

      • DrewN

        True, but again: hunting. I have my big game rifles, I only use them for hunting. Minute of game is all I care about. If I want to screw around with load development I’ll buy an F Class or something. Hell, the only reason I ever bothered loading hunting ammo at all was that 6.5 x 08 was a wildcat for quite a while and .264 WinMag is a little light on factory options.

  • D. in OR

    If I need a good bullet I’d rather take a look at Hornady’s offerings. Screw Vista Outdoors.

    • Yeah, Vista was a really really horrible retread. I’d wait for 7 Outdoors to drop and get through at least 1 service pack before I made the jump.

    • Jai S.

      What’s wrong with Vista?

      I use so many of their products shooting, reloading, hiking and motorcycling.

      They’re parent company is also a huge defense contractor and commercial satellite and rocket manufacturer.

  • TechnoTriticale

    Hard polymer, or elastomer, and thus safe for tubular magazines?

    • Lemdarel

      Hard polymer.


    Finally! I absolutely love these bullets. I got a bunch of pull downs a few years back and ran them in my WSM with great success. Glad to see they’re officially available as a component.

    • Shankbone

      My friend loves the factory load in his .300 WSM for mule deer and elk.

  • DwnRange

    Interesting to note the new addition of the banding around the Federal TB Bear Claw bullets above – as my go-to bullet is the Barnes TSX and it has had them since their introduction in 2004.

    IMHO, there is no better bullet made for accuracy and hunting than the Barnes, from North and South America to Africa, the solid copper TSX will git-er-done. .

  • Cyborg Fred

    .224 62gr Trophy Bonded Tipped. If you’re selling them add that to the mix.

  • ShootCommEverywhere

    For those that were also frustrated by their lack of inclusion, the Federal site lists the .30 cal 180gn Trophy Bonded Tip loaded ammunition to have a BC of “.5” (gonna have to assume G1 here), and there is no loaded 168gn Trophy Bonded Tip, but 165 is listed as .45.

    How about some G7s, Federal? Or some numbers that don’t look like somebody eyeballed the shape and said “looks like it’s about….”

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  • Bill Wright

    Took my first elk with a bear claw. This was before I reloaded and I still have some of those original Federal cartidges left. However much better choices for the reloader. Barnes, Nosler and Swift to name a few. Better ballistic and terminal performance…and more accurate. Had a Federal tech tell me their Nosler loads were more accurate than the Bear Claw loads they sold back then.