By Jeff Johnston
American shooters were skeptical of Glock when it introduced polymer guns 40 years ago, just like many hunters will be skeptical of True Velocity ammo when they first glimpse its white polymer case. Polymer is a souped-up term for plastic, so yea, call it plastic ammo if you wish.
Personally, I don’t mind a little plastic on my gun or my girl, but hey, to each his own. In ammo, however, plastic is the wave of the future for several reasons. One is because the U.S. currently imports upward of 70 percent of its brass commodities from China. No need to suckle the commie tit if we can go to cheaper domestic plastic.Turns out, like molded polymer magazines and hair combs, it’s also probably a better mousetrap for cartridge cases.
Reality is, a cartridge case only serves a few basic functions, none of which require sheer strength. It’s the chamber’s job to contain the pressure generated by the expansion of gasses as they ignite; the case just needs to hold the primer and powder squarely in the chamber and mainly, to obturate to seal the chamber. Precision molded plastic—which is what True Velocity’s cases are—is better at both.
The company invested millions in developing robotic, CNC-style manufacturing at its Garland, TX, facility so that the cases could be made with tighter tolerances than brass. But the real trick is not just precisely specing the overall case length and outside diameter, but the inside of the case. This allows TV engineers to design an interior case head that’s ramped so it funnels the powder toward the primer and prevents a few kernels from hiding in the rim corners. Sounds nerdy I know, but no non-rifle nerd has ever won a long range world championship. Consistency is a big part of the accuracy formula.
And measurements of TV ammo bear this out. Loaded TV .308 cartridges only deviate < .6 grain. Total runout deviates < .003. Nerd shit aside, the ammo performed as good or better than premium factory bass ammo in my test rifles of known accuracy.
True Velocity also has some other advantages. Namely, it’s ⅓ lighter than brass. Big whoop for hunters, but this represents a huge savings, both in terms of individual soldier carrying weight and U.S. military shipping logistics on the national defense front. But what I like best is that its steel case head—to ensure consistent feeding and ejection—allows spent cases to be picked up with a magnet. Somewhere right now a group of Range Officers are dancing with glee.
But the steel-case-head-meets-plastic-case-meets-copper-bullet also got me thinking: True Velocity claims it uses a proprietary process to seal the bullet securely in the neck, and they claim it doesn’t use glue. That’s awesome, but I wanted to know if the ammo is waterproof.
I dunked 10 rounds in my kitchen sink and let them sit for three hours, all turned in various orientations and labeled. All of them fired.
Still, it doesn’t matter how new and neato, accurate and waterproof any ammo is. If it’s not loaded with quality, controlled-expansion bullets, I won’t use it for big game. So I commend TV for partnering with one of the best pill makers on the planet: Nosler. TV’s .308 hunting load uses Nosler’s elite 165-grain Accubond, a bullet that has reached cult status among hunters in the know due to its combination of accuracy, expansion and monogamy across the velocity spectrum.
I shot a 200 pound hog through the front shoulders with it, and, no surprises here, it died faster than a democrat can spend your hard-earned money on sheer shit.
Speaking of money, that’s the ammo’s only downside I can find as of now. As previously stated, there was no blueprint for making premium polymer cased ammo, and so the company had to spend bookoo bucks building everything from the ground up. It has resulted, at least for the near future, in a box of 20 .308 Win Accubond rounds that costs around $70. That means I won’t be doing any plinking with it. But I will be hammering deer and hogs all season. $70
Pros: Higher accuracy potential, lighter, not supporting commies