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#6088742 - 12/16/15 11:22 PM is Federal/Nosler superior?
Arrowslinger82 Offline
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Registered: 07/10/14
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I love the performance that the Nosler bullets give. In factory ammo, is the Federal ammo with the Nosler bullets superior to the other brands out there?

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#6088779 - 12/17/15 02:15 AM Re: is Federal/Nosler superior? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
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Have had good performance from the Federal/Nosler for factory loads and Nosler ammo. Can beat it with handloading but in a few rifles not by much. Only complaint with Federal loads comes as a reloader the brass tends to be soft and does not last for very many times being reloaded
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#6094092 - 12/20/15 09:38 PM Re: is Federal/Nosler superior? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
Arrowslinger82 Offline
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anybody else?

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#6094113 - 12/20/15 09:51 PM Re: is Federal/Nosler superior? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
bigjoe8565 Offline
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I've never shot Federal, have had excellent results with Winchester Silvertips which are loaded with Nosler bullets.

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#6094124 - 12/20/15 09:57 PM Re: is Federal/Nosler superior? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
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It has been years since I read a gun rag religously, but it seemed to me that Federal was pretty much the king of the hill for accuracy among the major domestic manufacturers. I only read these things out of interest...I don't think I've fired more than three or four boxes of factory rifle ammo in my whole life. Happily, I do not read the gun rags anymore and I have no idea whether Federal has maintained their standing or not...and it's still irrelevant to me!
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#6094296 - 12/21/15 06:32 AM Re: is Federal/Nosler superior? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
scottfromdallas Offline
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You aren't being very specific. Nosler has a huge selection of bullets (Ballistic Tips, Accubonds, Partitions, E-Tip, Custom Competition, Bonded Performance, Varmagheddon). I recall you were getting back in to rifle hunting after bow hunting for years and wanted to use a 270 for deer an hogs. Truly, any factory load from any manufacturer that shoots good in your rifle will work fine given those parameters. A $15-$20 box of core-lokts, power-points or Federal blue box "hi-shock" will all kill them as dead as a super premium that cost $45 a box.

Yes, Federal Ammunition does have a reputation for being accurate and consistent.
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#6094481 - 12/21/15 08:41 AM Re: is Federal/Nosler superior? [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Originally Posted By: scottfromdallas
You aren't being very specific. Nosler has a huge selection of bullets (Ballistic Tips, Accubonds, Partitions, E-Tip, Custom Competition, Bonded Performance, Varmagheddon). I recall you were getting back in to rifle hunting after bow hunting for years and wanted to use a 270 for deer an hogs. Truly, any factory load from any manufacturer that shoots good in your rifle will work fine given those parameters. A $15-$20 box of core-lokts, power-points or Federal blue box "hi-shock" will all kill them as dead as a super premium that cost $45 a box.

Yes, Federal Ammunition does have a reputation for being accurate and consistent.


I haven't seen much 270 ammo for $15 bucks a box in several years. Come to think of it I don't think much of it is even less than or at $20 a box anymore.

Everytime I read a post about someone who uses a corelock, gameking, interlock etc. that has a story about a deer they shot that ran off with no blood trail that they couldn't find it reassures me that the partitions and other "premium" bullets are worth what I pay for them to me.
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#6095414 - 12/21/15 06:00 PM Re: is Federal/Nosler superior? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
RiverRider Offline
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I agree, Matt. When the expense of hunting is all tallied up, the price of a box or two of premium ammo makes a drop in the bucket.
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#6095545 - 12/21/15 07:16 PM Re: is Federal/Nosler superior? [Re: Arrowslinger82]
scottfromdallas Offline
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Registered: 06/23/15
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I reload so I don't use factory ammo but 20 years ago I did and core-locks and hi-shock worked fine. Maybe I got lucky. Now I mostly use Ballistic Tips. I won't argue the greatness of the Partition. It's what I plan on using for Nilgai when I finally get down South to hunt them. I still don't think you need them to kill deer but I understand the whole bullet is the cheapest part of the hunt argument.
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