Federal Premium announced a new line of ammunition that is specifically geared for long range hunters. The new ammo is called Edge TLR.
The Edge TLR line uses a lead core bullet that is bonded to a copper jacket for better weight retention. In the hollow point, Federal uses a polymer tip called the Slipstream. According to Federal, this tip was specifically designed to initiate expansion of the bullet at long distances where the velocity has fallen off. The company tested the ammunition at long distances and found the bullet will reliably expand at 900 yards.
Federal describes the ammunition as having “match grade” accuracy. In a number of ways, this ammunition sounds like the Hornady Precision Hunter line that was introduced in late 2015.
Four different loads will be part of the initial offering: .308 Win, .30-06 Springfield, 300 Win Mag and 300 WSM. Both the .308 Win and .30-06 Sprg use a 175 grain bullet. The remaining two cartridges use a 200 grain bullet. For the sake of comparison, the Hornady line has a wider range of calibers.
It seems that more and more people are getting into long range shooting and hunting. There has always been a debate among hunters about how far is too far to make an ethical shot. It is good to see that there is continual development in hunting ammunition to produce effective loads for long ranges.