Pros: Accuracy, Weight Retention, Knock Down Power, Price, Availability, Controlled Expansion.
Cons: Another great way to get rid of a twenty dollar bill.
I guess the 3 reasons I started using Remington Core Loktbullets were originally because of their price, availability, and their namesake. While not the cheapest ammunition on the market, they are far from the most expensive. Depending on caliber and type of bullet, most boxes can be purchased for a twenty dollar bill giving the consumer twenty bullets and a handful of change. They can be found at just about every gun shop, outdoor sporting goods store, Wal-Mart, and even Ma and Pa stores. I dare say they can be found at every one of these stores because I have yet to find an ammunition retailer who does not stock Remington Core Lokt bullets in at the very least the popular calibers. Those were the original reasons why I started using Remington Core Lokt bullets, now I will explain why I continue to use them.
There are many reasons why a hunter or shooter might choose or prefer a certain bullet. Here are a couple of the reasons why I chose and continue to choose the Remington Core Lokt bullets.
I have used Core Lokt’s to harvest Moose, Deer, Coyote, Bear,and Elk and can attest to their many attributes including accuracy, knock down power, weight retention, and expansion. I have made long and short shots with them through hides thick and thin and have never experienced a problem or waged a complaint about them. For such a serious subject as hunting, all of my equipment must be trusted and sufficient to make a quick and clean kill. When a person spends so much time and puts in a tremendous amount of effort into a hunt, their bullet should be the last thing they have to worry about and I am worry free with Remington Core Lokt bullets.
For the many years that I have used Core Lokt bullets I can honestly attest to their reliability. I have used them in several different climates, altitudes, and weather situations. I have used them in pouring rain and snow, arid hot days and very high altitudes. I have used them in extremely cold temperatures and even prolonged sub-zero temperatures and have never had a problem with ignition, accuracy or performance. I believe I have put them through a thorough test and they passed with flying colors. It is extremely important to me that my gear is very reliable. I get soured very easily by unreliable equipment or gear. I realize that nothing is perfect but when it comes to matters of life and death, perfection and reliability must be demanded.
This is a very accurate hunting bullet. In my estimate, I have shot thousands of Core Lokt bullets through my rifles. I have shot from just about every position including prone, off-hand, and bench to attest to their accuracy. I am not a bench or target shooter but rather a hunter and shooting enthusiast. I enjoy shooting and improving my accuracy. I have not pushed them past 300 yards but have made accurate kills in the 200-250 yard range and was very pleased with the bullets accuracy and performance. I punch paper at many different yardages favoring the more practical ranges of 75-200 yards. When testing a gun or certain ammunition I shoot from the bench. I have found the Core Lokt bullets to be more accurate than I can hope for from myself. I am sure the match shooter would not prefer the Core Lokt over a match grade bullet but they are an excellent hunting bullet and are designed for optimum accuracy under practical hunting situations.
One nice thing about the Core Lokt series of bullets from Remington is the variety of choices for the shooter and hunter. For example, in the 30-06, which is perhaps my favorite North American hunting caliber, Remington offers 9 different Core Lokt loads. Variables being bullet sizes ranging from 125 to 220 grain and shapes from Pointed Soft Point, Soft Point, and Bronze Tipped Point. A shooter doesn’t have to switch to a different company or brand of bullet to be versatile with their hunting or shooting. The Core Lokt shooter has many options to choose from remaining with the tried and trusted Core Lokt bullet. Most of the popular big game rounds are covered by Remington in several different sizes and models. I was very pleased to see them carry the 350 Rem Mag with a 200 grain PSP.
One of the best features about the Core Lokt is the mushroom or controlled expansion it produces upon impact. As a hunter, it is very important that when I fire a bullet at game, the bullet stays together and creates the largest possible hole while delivering the most amount of energy or knockdown power. This ensures that the animal will be dispatched as quickly as possible. I think it is my responsibility as a hunter to make sure I have adequate power and equipment for a quick kill. This should go without saying. The Core Lokt is designed to mushroom to nearly twice it’s original size. I was most impressed with the bullet when butchering the first deer I had shot with the Core Lokt. Upon further inspection the bullet seemed to retain all of its components and size while forming a mushroom incredibly similar to the picture on the side of the Remington box. It had performed exactly as advertised which seems to be a rare feat in today's world. Since then I have recovered countless bullets which have performed their task perfectly and even when striking bone they have held together nicely.
Knock Down Power:
This is mostly due to the hunter choosing the right caliber for the intended game. I am not one of those hunters who find it amusing or more exciting to hunt large animals with the smallest possible caliber. I agree fully that any animal can be taken with any caliber. I could kill a moose with a pellet gun but I would never try. I match the game with my rifles and calibers. I make sure I have a little on the over kill side if anything to make sure of a quick and humane kill. Regardless of that rant about caliber and animal size. The bullet has to perform to its optimum level to deliver adequate knock down power into the intended target. A bullet that does not expand, does not stay together, and does not mushroom will not deliver any extra knock down power or energy shock to the animal other than the size of the bullet. It will more or less go through the animal like an arrow which delivers very little knock down power. When I am hunting I want the animal to go down where I shoot it. This becomes especially important with large game such as moose, bear, and elk. It is not fun toting a 1,000 pound animal from the deepest parts of the woods, thickets or swamps. Needless to stress the importance of knock down power when hunting any game which is or can become dangerous. Because of the design of the Core Lokt bullet, knock down power is at a premium and comes included. With a well placed shot this bullet hits with more than a ton of power.
I have touched upon weight retention already but will stress its importance here. When I shoot a bullet into an animal I do not want it to fragment or come apart. The bullet delivers its most lethal blow during expansion after entering the body and the larger it gets while retaining its weight will distribute more energy into the animal and create a larger hole. Remington Core Lokt bullets are known for their great weight retention and strength.
The Core Lokt Bullet types:
This is a hunting bullet! It is designed with controlled expansion and knock down power in mind. I prefer to use them as my target round as well as my hunting round. The reason I target shoot with my hunting rifles is to practice and improve for hunting purposes. Therefore I prefer to punch paper with the same bullet I punch hides with. A hunter should sight in a gun with the same bullets they will be using in the field as some bullets react differently with certain firearms. Back to Core Lokt bullet types, Remington makes the Core Lokt model in 4 different styles of bullet. I have really only used the two popular ones myself.
Pointed Soft Points: PSP
The Pointed Soft Points are the most popular of the Core Lokt series. They are also the easiest to find and are most commonly stocked at the larger general and chain stores. Described as named, the bullet tapers almost entirely to the tip creating a point. The copper jacket encompasses the lead bullet except for the very tip of the point. The PSP is designed to penetrate deeper than the Soft Point version of the Core Lokt. The PSP design also leads to higher velocity and a flatter trajectory for shooting at longer distance. Even a non-genius shooting aficionado like myself understands that the sharper bullet will travel through the air faster and farther than a blunt round nosed bullet. It will also penetrate deeper into an object. I prefer this bullet for larger game such as moose, elk, and caribou which posses thicker skin/hides and sometimes require a longer shot than other game such as deer. While I have used this bullet several times on deer and found it to be more than adequate, every shape and style serves a specific purpose and the hunter should try to match all of their equipment to the desired objective or target.
Soft Point: SP
The Soft Point series of the Core Lokt bullets are the other popular bullet along with the PSP’s. They are designed to create rapid expansion upon impact. This will transfer the most energy into the game upon impact creating the knock down affect and also leaving a large hole. I think this bullet was created with deer hunting in mind as the intended usage. The shape of the bullet is more blunt than the PSP exposing more lead at the tip and a flatter nose. I prefer these bullets for deer hunting and for use in my tubular magazine fed firearms. I don’t like to push the PSP’s nose to primer into a magazine tube because I have noticed over the course of a season of loading and unloading the firearm, the bullets nose shape can be altered or flattened changing the ballistics and possibly its accuracy.
I have not used the Bronze Tipped Core Lokt bullets and have only seen them for sale a couple of times. I do own a box in 30-06 but have not gotten around to shooing them yet. They are designed for long range accuracy and performance. The bronze tip also creates rapid expansion upon impact. The only reason I have not used these is because I have not had the reason to yet. I have never had a problem with the PSP or SP. Not too long ago, most of the ammunition manufacturers came out with a line of bullets with a separate tip to help control and create bullet expansion while ensuring maximum accuracy for the bullet. Other well known tipped bullets are the Nosler and Partition models. Remington is currently making the Bronze Tipped Core Lokt in .270 and 30-06.
I have not tried the Core Lokt Hollow Point series yet. This bullet was created and designed for small game and varmint hunting. This bullet offers match grade accuracy with a fragmentation result upon impact. Probably would be great for coyote and varmint hunting where long range accuracy and killing power are relied upon heavily. Remington is making the hollow point Core Lokt in .17, 22 Hornet, 222 Rem, 22-250 Rem, and .243.
Price and Availability:
One of the best things about the Core Lokt series of bullets is that they are very easy to get your hands on them. They can be found just about everywhere that centerfire ammunition is sold. I have bought Core Lokt’s from big retail stores such as Wal-Mart and K-Mart, from big sporting goods stores such as Dicks, L.L. Beans, Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, and even a bunch of small Mom and Pop country stores. You should have no problem finding this ammo. With the recent price incline of metals such as copper, brass, and lead, the price of ammunition has gone up as well. You can still get this for a twenty-dollar bill. Of course different loads and calibers will be different in pricing but at under $20, I consider them a bargain.