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CW2 Ralph Long
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Posted - March 02 2019 :  10:08:28 PM  Show Profile  Click to see CW2 Ralph Long's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I recently read a comment by a customer of a "ammo for sale" website that he wished Federal had thought to seal the primers of the BPLE. I think he based his belief that they are not sealed on the fact that there is not a blue or red ring around the primers of Federal pistol rounds like those of Speer or Remington.

Over a year back I wrote to say I'd recovered a S&W 3904 magazine from the mud at one of my farm gates. It had been lost from a cargo pocket, at least a year prior. Six rounds of Federal BPLE 9mm were also dug from the ground. The magazine and contents had been run over and driven into the mud for over a year till it was partially disassembled; only a corner of the red follower was visible. All the "pieces" were cleaned up, the mag assembled & five rounds loaded into the it. The magazine was inserted into the pistol and fired. Amazingly all performed as if new. Today I found the sixth recovered round in the back of my desk drawer. I thought to get the chronograph down from its shelf and went out to my little range. This BPLE round was pretty corroded looking on the outside, but its velocity from my Glock 19 was recorded at 1305 fps. I haven't contacted Federal, but I'm satisfied by my "real world" experience that the round is properly protected.

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