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2012 SHOT Show Special Report: PCP Polymer-Cased Ammunition

PCP Ammo

PCP Ammunition brings out their polymer-cased ammunition in .308 Winchester again this year at the 2012 SHOT Show Media Day at the Range. With the rising cost of ammunition, we all appreciate accurate range ammo that is affordable to shoot. The guys over at PCP Ammunition have developed their own polymer that resists melting in the chamber. Something previous manufactures have failed at in the past. PCP Ammunition also claims to eliminate case neck separation, ruptured cases, and bullet creep.

There are many benefits to a polymer case as opposed to traditional brass case ammunition:

  • Increased accuracy
  • Reduces weight
  • Reduces weapon wear
  • Cheaper to produce
PCP Ammo
PCP Ammo

PCP polymer-cased ammunition is 50 percent lighter than a brass case and is designed to reduce recoil by 30 percent. So if you are hauling and storing lots of ammunition, the polymer-case is easy to transport. This is particularly a concern for our military.

From PCP Ammunition’s Web site: “These state of the art cartridges can be loaded using standard loading equipment using a wide range of bullets to meet the needs of ground and air tactical units. Early performance evaluation both ballistic and environmental has shown the potential for greater accuracy, reduced weapon wear, and higher reliability over conventional brass ammunition.  PCP Ammunition is in continuous development of new cartridge calibers and additionally, polymer links for belt fed individual and crew served weapons to enhance operator performance and mobility of all warfighters.” We shot the .308 Winchester 175-grain Sierra MatchKing Hollow Point Boat Tail with 2600 fps at Range Day and we can’t wait to chat with PCP Ammunition on the SHOT Show floor this week!

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Comments (4)

  1. They changed the design radically from last year’s showing, going from a solid case body with a brass base to a two-part body. The body of the case appears to be similar material to the casings shown last year but the neck and mouth are made of something very different. They said that they hope to be shipping .308 to the public at the end of March.

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