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Federal says their AccuChannel groove, placed in a very specific location the bullet with an asymmetric geometry, decreases drag and improves accuracy.

Federal’s touting the AccuChannel in the bonded bullets they’ve loaded in their new Edge TLR ammo. Here’s their press release:

ANOKA, Minnesota – August 16, 2017 – Federal Premium Ammunition is pleased to announce Edge TLR. The full line of rifle ammunition combines the features of top match bullet designs with the industry’s best bonding technology. The result is match accuracy and reliable expansion at extreme long range, with high weight retention, deep penetration and lethal terminal performance at shorter distances. There’s never been a hunting bullet that compares. Shipments of Edge TLR ammunition are being delivered to dealers.

Unlike so-called long-range projectiles that can fail to perform on impact at lower velocities downrange, the Edge TLR bullet uses the exclusive Slipstream tip to instantly initiate deadly expansion. The tip is also crafted from the industry’s most heat-resistant polymer for the most consistent ballistics possible.

At close range, the bullet’s copper shank and bonded lead core retain weight for deep, reliable penetration. Its long, sleek profile offers an extremely high ballistic coefficient, and AccuChannel groove technology improves accuracy and reduces drag across the range spectrum.

Watch Edge TLR video:

Features & Benefits
• Match-grade long-range accuracy in a bonded hunting bullet
• High-performance polymer tip material provides the industry’s highest heat resistance for the most consistent ballistics
• Extremely high ballistic coefficient with target bullet precision
• Exclusive Slipstream tip helps flatten trajectories and initiates low-velocity expansion
• Less wind drift and drop
• AccuChannel groove technology minimizes drag and improves accuracy
• Copper shank and bonded lead core retain weight for deep penetration at any range
• Demonstrated expansion at out to 1,200 yards

Part No. / Description / MSRP
P308ETLR175 / 308 Win. 175-grain Edge TLR / $47.95
P3006ETLR175 / 30-06 Spring. 175-grain Edge TLR / $47.95
P300WETLR200 / 300 Win. Mag. 200-grain Edge TLR / $59.95
P300WSMETLR200 / 300 Win. Short Mag. 200-grain Edge TLR / $59.95

Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to


About Vista Outdoor Inc.
Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provides consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 13 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico along with international customer service, sales and sourcing operations in Asia, Australia, Canada, and Europe. For news and information, visit or follow us on Twitter @VistaOutdoorInc and Facebook at

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  1. I smile a bit wider with every new bullet innovation every time I stuff a patched round ball down the barrel of my Kentucky Rifle.

        • Well done sir. Though I believe, to be absolutely pedantic, the Jaeger was the predecessor to the PA long. 🙂

        • Definitely not a Jager. Those German guns, the predecessor of the American longrifles, were of much larger bore, heavier, with much shorter barrels. The early gun smiths of Germany would have considered a rifled .50 caliber bore suitable for target shooting and little more.

      • Apparently Traditions wasn’t aware of that and they wrote “Kentucky Rifle” on the box – you can take your beef up with them. And just to really get under your skin: it’s a percussion lock and I use Pyrodex!
        (scurries away giggling maniacally)

        • I built one of those. Kind of short in the LOP. Buti t did tempt me strongly to try a more sophisticated kit from Track of the Wolf, when finances allow.

      • Negative.
        Rifles, even the ones most commonly made in Pennsylvania, can rightly be called Kentucky long rifles if they are of the style as were made to be sent to the Kentucky territories. After all, would you call a half stock Hawken a Pennsylvania rifle? An English fowler? I think not sir!

    • “NEW! and improved!”
      I’m old enough to remember the buzzwords of yesterday, as well as today’s.
      BUZZWORDS! the way to sell anything to anybody. Regardless of stupid things like “facts” and “evidence”. We don’t need no stinking logic… salesmen are making claims. What more does one need?
      /sarc/… obviously.

  2. If it does what they say it does, then all the long range shooters will gravitate towards it in mass.

    If not, it make an addition to the odd ammo collection next to Black Talons and Zombie green tips….

  3. I come here for the truth about guns. I didn’t come here for a commercial. Grooved bullets are nothing new.

  4. So, I guess the way this is supposed to work, is the groove has a sharp edge at the rear to cause a stronger shock ahead of the taper near the tail, so that shock can be marginally weaker? And that somehow translates to better turbulence characteristics toward the end of the bullet, sort of like a super-sonic vortex generator? Or is the middle shock supposed to interefere with the bow/tail shocks in some manner? Or is it just a crimping groove cut with a lathe after swaging to size as opposed to by swaging when the core is first installed before final sizing? I suppose that could sort of split the accuracy difference between solid turned projectiles and swaged/bonded jacketed types, at least in theory.

  5. So theirs .308 matches trajectory of 178gr ELD-X Precision Hunter, but costs almost 50% more.

    Unless remarkable wound ballistics is proven, why bother?

  6. Would love to try this in 300 Win mag, but I can’t find it anywhere. Federal has been marketing this hard, but apparently not producing it. So typical of the gun industry. By the time this hits the streets elk season is over.

  7. Ammo prices are down
    Match ammo has always been more expensive that plinking ammo
    This is really expensive even for match ammo
    As others have said, it seems like a gimmick
    It it is noticeably better, we will see it used by top competitive shooters to win matches
    I somehow doubt it

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