By David Schlake
Every year at SHOT Show, there are a handful of booths that make passerby tilt their heads with curiosity.
In an industry saturated with innovation and technological advances, it’s hard to get stumped by something truly unique. When it happens, though, it’s usually a sign of a revolutionary product.
The True Velocity booth showcased rows of cartridges with white casings, and hosted a consistent line of people wanting a closer look. I assumed we were all looking for an answer to the same question: Are these any different than composite-cased ammunition of the past?
An up-close look and an in-depth overview proved fruitful, as no cartridge with a composite case has ever boasted statistics quite like these.
In fact, these cartridges are putting up numbers unsurpassed by brass-cased match-grade cartridges, as they’re capable of sub-MOA accuracy at extended ranges and single-digit standard deviation in muzzle velocity.
The concept benefits every kind of a shooter, as military personnel get the luxury of carrying less weight and hunters get to enjoy improved long-range accuracy.
Featuring a precision formed primer pocket and a burr-free flash hole in a steel alloy head, the True Velocity case boasts more strength and safety than your typical brass head case design.
The composite neck and body of the case also allow for excellent wall thickness uniformity, as well as precisely aligned features with minimal runout.
Thanks to the composite material, engineers can better control the internal geometry of the case, meaning they can tweak the powder chamber to get optimal internal ballistics.
With better burn efficiency, the ammo requires 10 percent less propellant, which results in less barrel wear over time and less recoil with each shot. True Velocity claims the cases are 100% recyclable and should be less expensive, eventually, than brass.
On the downside, the cases obviously won’t be reloadable. That’s not a drawback for most shooters who buy commercial and don’t reload anyway. And policing ranges, the True Velocity cartridges’ steel bases mean they can be picked up much the same way shotgun shells are.
True Velocity-cased ammo will hit the shelves sometime in 2020, and will initially come in .308 Winchester with Sierra’s 168- and 175-grain MatchKing and Tipped MatchKing bullets, as well as 6.5 Creedmoor with a 142-grain MatchKing bullet.