I've been having a heck of time lately trying to buy my usual ammo, which is Remington Core-Lokt 170gr SPFN. Cabela's has been sold out for over a month of all Core-Lokt in .30-30, so I changed my order last night to Federal Power Shok, 8 boxes of 170gr and 5 boxes of 150gr, all SPRN, which they have in stock and can ship right away.
I'm just wondering: I've never used the Federal ammo before. What has your experience been? Is it comparable to the Core-Lokt? I can't imagine that it'd be much different, but I've got to wait and see how my rifle likes it.
What has your experience with the Federal ammo been?
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I used to use the 150gr core-lokt until I saw the price tag on 170gr federal then I bought up a bunch of boxes ($10.50).
I sighted in my glenfield and my win 94 with the federals, every bit as accurate, hits hard as well.
This December 1st and 2nd I shot a coyote, 7pt, and a doe with this ammo. The coyote had his shoulder shattered and on the 2nd shot his lungs taken out both pass throughs.
The seven pt was hit angling towards me, I shot in front of the left shoulder and exited behind the right shoulder taking out the lungs, piled up after 20 yards.
The doe was running with the seven and I hit her high in the middle of the body hitting the bottom of the spine (broker her back) and taking out her off side lung dropping dead, found the bullet in the hide on that side, here is a pic. In my opinion I think its up to personal choice both work exactly how they are supposed to.
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I shot both Remington and Federal many years ago to build a supply of 35 Rem brass. If I recall ,The Federal seemed to be a hotter load in my gun, but I didn't own a chrono at the time. Accuracy was as good with either, but the Federal printed higher at 100 yards.
At this point in time, if I wern't hand loading for my 35 Rem, and were given a choice, I'd shoot the Federal............
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Federal shoots fantastic in my 30-30 and 06.. In my humble opinion I like it and Winchester power point just as well and both have killed one shot for me.
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I bought the federal 170 gr, as they were $5 a box cheaper than the Remingtons. I haven't shot them yet, but plan on sighting in after Christmas.
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My only Rem vs. Fed experience is with 35 Remington 200 grain. The Federal was significantly hotter and stunningly accurate. Never hunted with either one due to the use of Hornady LE.
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I shoot win powerpoints, coreloks, and federal 150's and they all hit the same spot in my rifle.
The only reason I started shooting Lever-E in my scoped guns is because of the down range ballistics and boat-tail.
The first three all kill equal (to me) and better than Lever-E out to 125 yards or so. I think Lever-E does a small bit better after that distance. 100 and under (for me) the Lever-E goes right through like a drill and the primary reason I started shooting the shoulder bone.
When I say equal, I'm talking about fold-em-up, knockdown. Otherwise, dead is dead.
If I was shooting a scoped 20" or longer, I'd choose Lever-E. Anything else, I use the other three.
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I shoot a lot of Federal ammo(30-30,25-06-7mmWSM,7.62x51)in rifle and it is my favorite even though some of it gets expensive and not worth the price to me.
I just bought 2 boxes of Federal 170 30-30 power shok at Walmart for $11.79/box. PLUS, I get back $5 per box per rebate coupon. It was a few bucks cheaper then Remington and Winchester which I have in my safe anyway. I just wanted to try the Federals in my back yard. "Quein Sabe"....(who knows)