Most of you have read and seen the pictures of my elk hunt in southern Colorado. I use a Winchester Model 70 in a 30-06. I used Federal Fusion 180gr grain shells. I was fortunate enough to take a cow elk at about 35 yards. After dressing the cow out, I found the bullet in her cavety. Upon inspection of the bullet, it appears that the core completely seperated from the jacket.
Part of Federal's description of Fusion..."Fusion's lethal punch comes from bonding the jacket to the core in a special process at the molecular level. This completely eliminates jacket and core seperation..."
The jacket I recovered from my elk would seem to refute this testimony. Now after a little reading I know the Fusion is suppose to be a "deer bullet", but regardless of what you hit it doesn't seem like any seperation should occur. I won't be shooting the Fusions anymore. I contacted Federal and they are going to send me a box of the Vital-Shok Barnes Triple Shock X shells to replace the Fusion box.
Has anyone else had any performance problems with the Fusion?
Saw this post w/o a reply thought I'd give it a shot. What I've read the Federal Fusion is marketed as a Deer round. The round itself is priced pretty reasonably for a bonded round around $18-$20. Most of your premium bonded rounds like Barnes etc. are more in the $30+ range. Maybe the jacket is not bonded as deeply to the core as the more expensive rounds. Federal markets the round as a Deer round so maybe the jacket can not stay bonded on bigger animals with thicker hide and bone structure. Just a thought. J