By Mike Dickerson

Federal’s new Syntech handgun ammo is loaded with their Syntech coated bullets. The coating maintains its integrity and stays on the bullet as it travels down the bore. Because there’s no metal-on-metal contact between the bullet and the barrel, there’s 12% to 14% less friction, heat and barrel wear than FMJ bullets. The reduced friction allows Federal to achieve the same velocities using less powder, so there’s a corresponding reduction in recoil. Other big benefits are that they completely eliminate copper or lead fouling and Federal’s hot, lead-free Catalyst primer and cleaner-burning powder result in less powder fouling as well. According to Federal, Syntech’s combination of soft lead and polymer coating reduce splashback from steel targets by up to 91%. Syntech is available in a 9mm 115-grain load ($19.95), 165-grain .40 S&W load ($26.95) and 230-grain .45 ACP load ($33.95), all in 50-count boxes. For more information, contact Federal Premium Ammunition, Dept. OT; Tel.: (800) 379-1732; Web: www.federalpremium.com