This is a very good .223 ammo for high precision work on game and in self defense situations that doesn’t mimic the ultra-premium price points of some of the other offerings from top tier producers. That doesn’t mean this ammunition is cheap however – it is a specialty round that’s made from very high-end components. The 55 grain Nosler Ballistic tipped projectile is a super-efficient projectile that sheds wind well and contributes to even expansion and a high diameter wound channel.
Made initially as a varmint projectile, this is easily transferred for use as a self-defense round where a 55 grain projectile is deemed an efficient grain weight for the platform (.223/224). The Federal Premium Line is truly a spectacular example of what can be accomplished when a large company focuses on quality control and has a good set of factory protocols in place to ensure that ammunition is produced correctly and with attention to detail.
From a ballistics perspective, this round achieves the following numbers at the bore: 3220 feet per second of muzzle velocity and 1265 ft. lbs. energy.
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