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For over a century most projectiles have been mass-produced with a process called cold forming. Lead and copper were shaped with brute force in punches and dies to create projectiles. While this is still an effective way to produce projectiles, other manufacturing methods have progressed thus giving us new, more efficient ways to produce projectiles.
PolyCase Ammunition has redefined the projectile manufacturing process by applying advanced injection molding technology, cutting edge engineering and a highly specialized metal-polymer compound to designs and a process that results in precise, consistent, accurate, low ricochet, range compliant projectiles with sound terminal performance. Our organic tool-making capability and flexible manufacturing processes allow us a great deal of agility in terms of rapid prototyping and production, with the ability to meet very specific performance characteristics on very tight timelines. The process allows us to go from concept to full production in greatly reduced time compared to swagging (faster time-to-market) and results in precision projectile designs that function very well in modern firearms and would cost many times more if manufactured using slow and expensive lathes and solid copper.
These revolutionary projectiles are available in the brass-cased Ruger®, Inceptor® and Alexander Arms® brands of ammunition.
Powdered metal has been around for decades, but blending powdered metal with polymers and injection molding precise parts is a fairly modern process. The proprietary copper-polymer compound used in PolyCase projectiles is developed with reclaiming the valuable copper in mind. While processes like sintered metal projectiles and pressure-formed shotgun pellets have become commonplace, PolyCase is the first company in the U.S. to produce a completely injection molded metal-polymer projectile incorporating designs for increased terminal performance. With extensive testing and evaluation, our projectiles deliver consistent and predictable results – at a price point that makes them competitive with conventional lead core projectiles.
PolyCase patent pending projectile manufacturing processes do not yield byproducts that turn into potentially hazardous waste streams. And, because there is no final cleaning or polishing of the parts when they come out of the machines, the ammunition manufacturing process becomes remarkably streamlined. The raw materials we can use to create projectiles are almost as limitless as your budget allows.
The standard PolyCase RNP™ (Round Nose Precision) and SRR™ (Short-Range Rifle) projectiles deliver Unmatched Frangibility™ through the incorporation of Steelsafe™ materials technology allowing for predictable performance on the range – but that doesn’t mean they’re boring. There is no pre-fragmenting or breaking in the barrel which could result in stray projectiles traveling in unintended directions. On hardened targets like steel plates, our projectiles simply turn back into very small particles that equal 5% of less of the total original weight of the projectile…resulting in a drastically reduced chance of ricochet. On soft targets, like 10% ballistic ordnance gelatin or soft tissue, PolyCase projectiles stays together, penetrate reliably and retain their weight.
Our standard projectile is constructed of a polymer-powdered metal compound that delivers projectile weights on the lower end of the spectrum when compared to current frangible projectile offerings. These weights maintain enough resistance to deliver consistent firearm function while using conventional propellants.
To the shooter, less weight means less recoil, higher velocity and flatter trajectories. Firearms, like compact 380 Auto and 40 S&W’s, are typically unwieldy to shoot, but with a switch to a lighter projectile, recoil is reduced. The lighter weight makes it easier for beginner and smaller-statured shooters to handle these handguns, thus making for a more enjoyable range sessions.
Historically, projectiles relied on frontal expansion to transfer energy to a target. PolyCase is taking a different approach to transfer energy from projectile to target. We’ve developed numerous patent-pending frontal profiles designed to not expand or fragment in the transfer of energy, thereby complying with the Hague Convention of 1899. The ARX® projectile or ARX® projectile with UM1™ primer spacers uses much higher velocities, rotation and the constricting characteristics of flutes incorporated into the design to increase the density of fluid passing through the ARX® flutes thereby efficiently transferring kinetic energy from projectile to soft tissue. With our manufacturing processes, asymmetrical shapes are easily produced at a fraction of the cost of machining.
PolyCase Ammunition loads using the finest SAAMI-compliant U.S. components and precision, high speed loading equipment. Our equipment has laser-based quality sensors to ensure we maintain the tightest dimensional and performance tolerances. We also follow a very stringent component and lot testing program, Finally, our inspection and packaging teams perform manual quality checks and final inspections on every cartridge to ensure the very highest quality product ships to our discerning customers.