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Big Bear!

October 8th, 2010

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I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with the performance of your 370 gr. North Fork bullets. I took this coastal brown bear in Southeast Alaska with one shot from my 416 Remington at 80 yards. The accuracy of this bullet in my rifle was excellent and the performance was outstanding. I will be using more of your great bullets in the future. 
Thanks, 
Tommie Deese 

The 458 Win Mag Shines (with the right bullets)!

September 21st, 2010

Attached is a photo of two North Fork .458 450 grain solids(from 458 Win mag).  One of them was a Texas heart shot on a Cape buffalo and broke the front shoulder!  Also here’s the buffalo and an elephant killed by the same bullets.

Regards,

Bob Fritz

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416 370 and 308 180 Success

August 31st, 2010

John Clader DVM was blessed with a 9′11″ bear in Alaska this spring and a gorgeous Oryx in New Mexico this summer. He utilized our 416 370 gr SS out of a 416 Rem Mag for the bear and our 308 180gr SS from a 300 Win Mag for the Oryx. Well done John!

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Independent Bullet Test and Testimonial (458 CPS and others)

August 12th, 2010

I am a shooter, handloader, and hunter. I am also a student of “Terminal Bullet Ballistics” and

conduct tests on all bullets before taking them to the field. I have been doing this for over 15 years now

and have gathered quite a bit of data both from the test work, and from the field. I have been able to

correlate this data, which has made it possible for me to have a better idea of how a bullet may or may

not perform in the field.

I test using a mix of wet news print and catalogs or magazines. The catalogs and magazines place

higher stress on bullets than wet news print alone. The mix consists of 30% wet catalogs and

magazines and 70% wet news print. This test medium is denser and more difficult to penetrate than

animal tissue. Over many years of doing the test work, and then study bullets removed from animal

tissue I have been able to determine that for Conventional and Non Conventional expanding bullets

that I can expect an 80% to 100% increase of penetration in animal tissue as opposed to the test medium.

Solids are not the same correlation, with solids I can expect a 30%-35% increase on average, in animal

tissue as opposed to the test medium. This of course cannot take into account factors such as bone which

can make a difference with some bullets. These are “rules of thumb” and to be treated as such, and not

to be taken as 100% absolute. While no test medium is 100% equal to animal tissue, there are

reasonable test mediums such as the medium I use, that if one has enough experience with both the test

medium and animal tissue it is easy to correlate the data to be able to have a reasonable idea of how a

particular bullet will perform in the field, and the potential for it to either fail or succeed.

I have been fortunate over the years to study many bullets, by many manufacturers both large and

small, some even unknown. I have concentrated most of this study to large bore rifles as that is my

point of interest. I have never gone to the field with a bullet that I have not tested, and I have yet to

be disappointed or surprised at the outcome from the field. Today I refuse to go to the field with a

bullet that fails my test work. This has not always been true, and I have used bullets that failed the

test work, and of course it also failed in the field. A lesson learned!

Today we as shooters and hunters have the most extensive bullet selection that we have ever witnessed

and it continues to get better every year. There are many premium bullets on the market and most of

them well designed and can add a great versatility to your rifle or handgun, but one must learn to choose

the proper bullet for the job at hand. Where one bullet might fail a particular mission, it might excel

at another. An easy example is this, one does not take a varmint bullet on a buffalo hunt, and of course

the reverse is true. Each have their own particular niche and mission to accomplish, as shooters and

hunters it is up to us to educate ourselves to the point we are able to choose the proper tool, or bullet in

this case, for the job or mission at hand! I have been to the field with many hunters in the past and

they have not made the right choices and the consequences have been dire for both the animal hunted,

and in the long run the hunter. Lost game because of making the wrong bullet choice is just not

acceptable to me at all, and this happens all too frequently.

It is my desire to assist fellow shooters, and hunters, by sharing my studies and conclusions so that it

might be possible they, you, can make better decisions that will ultimately increase your chances of

success in the field, by making the right choices in bullet selection.

I have developed a series of cartridges, the B&M Rifles and Cartridges, in some cases these cartridges

need proper bullets in which to accomplish the missions I ask of them. This has lead me to conduct a

massive study of suitable solids and expanding bullets that will work in these rifles and cartridges.

After all, regardless of the cartridge, regardless of the rifle, it’s the bullet that ultimately does all the

work, either without proper bullets is useless!

This need of mine has led me to conducting extensive tests with different solids and expanding bullets

that are suitable for my requirements in these cartridges. Which has also led me to North Fork

Bullets.

I will start with the study of “Solids”. In most cases as shooters and hunters we consider solids only

for our largest of game, buffalo, hippo, and of course elephant. During my studies of solids I have

taken them much further into most all of my hunting regardless of species, especially larger plains

game such as zebra, eland, wildebeest, and moose, elk, and bear. I probably use and shoot more solid

bullets than any shooter or hunter on the planet, and this has been extremely successful for me. Here is

why! I had always used solids for buffalo, hippo, and elephant. During a hunt in 2006 I was testing

a .500 caliber rifle, using most .500 caliber bullets at the time were not designed for the velocities that

the rifle could push them too. I had tested all these in the test medium and was not exceeding their

terminal velocity, however I did not take chances and followed up with a custom made solid for all

animals which included zebra, eland, giraffe, and wildebeest. What I found was that my test work

was good, and the failures I had were with the round nose solid I was using as backup. I found on

several occasions it was veering off course during it’s terminal penetration and in some cases would turn

90 degrees off course! This was the beginning of my extensive study of solids, this sort of performance

was in no way acceptable, nor could it be reliable. I needed a .500 caliber solid that I could rely upon

for elephant, buffalo and hippo.

We went through several designs and tests, finally settling on a 510 gr Solid with a 65% meplat for

caliber flat nose. During this time it was a great discovery to find that a flat nose solid was the most

effective for straight line penetration and transfer of trauma. This led to the testing of nearly all

other caliber’s in which I was shooting also, including 416 and 458 caliber.

Factors involved that are of importance to straight line penetration of solids are as follows, in order of

importance, meplat size, nose profile, twist rate, construction, velocity, and sectional density.

Sectional Density, now at the end of the line of importance, and only a factor at all with bullets that

everything else is equal except SD.

Meplat size is “THE KEY FACTOR”. A meplat size from 65% to 70% of caliber is optimum in most all

cases for “Terminal Stability”. A 70% meplat size can overcome other factors, such as twist rate. In a

slow twist rate, a 70% meplat for caliber bullet can actually self stabilize itself during terminal

penetration. Below 65% meplat for caliber a faster twist may be required, such as 1:12 as opposed to

1:18. When going above a 70% meplat for caliber terminal stability is even increased, however meplat

size starts to effect depth of penetration at that point, and in consideration of many rifles feed and

function may become an issue.

Nose profile is all important in addition to meplat size. Not all nose profiles are created equal just

because of meplat size. While meplat size is first and foremost, different nose profiles can add to or

subtract from terminal stability. There are good nose profiles, and there are marginal nose profiles,

and then there is a round nose profile which is just not acceptable!

Construction speaks for itself, a solid copper or brass projectile is less effected by obstacles, such as bone,

than a conventional lead core fmj solid projectile.

An increase in velocity can assist in terminal stabilization with twist rates that are just marginal, or

meplats that are just marginal.

North Fork Solids have one of those “Good Nose Profiles”, combined with a 70% meplat for caliber,

makes it one of our “Premium Solids” that one can count on for deep, straight line penetration. This is

a “go to bullet” for the heaviest of game where if you consider hunting elephant, hippo, and buffalo a

dangerous sport, then lives could be on the line and one should only consider the best of equipment, in

this case the bullet!

In my B&M cartridges and short rifles I need a bullet that will fit the cartridge capacity and the short

WSM action I work with. In the 416 B&M this means the 370 gr North Fork. Tested against other

solid bullets in 416 caliber it comes out far ahead of any round nose of any weight or SD, ahead of most

other heavier solids even with flat meplats, and only a small handful of other solids can equal it in

performance, terminal stability, and depth of penetration. So it is at the top of it’s game. In my

limited case capacity I can run this bullet from 2400-2450 fps depending on either a barrel length of 18 to

20 inches. This also happens to be a good working velocity for terminal penetration of 416 caliber

bullets. This bullet tested very good, giving more than enough penetration for the mission in which I

would use it for in 416 caliber.

My 458 B&M is equal in case capacity to a 458 Winchester, it was always my thought that a case of

that capacity was better served with 450 gr projectiles than heavier bullets in 500 gr weights. In the

case of the North Fork 450 gr Solid, once again it fits the criteria perfectly, and it performs exactly as

designed, deep, straight line penetration.

The North Fork Solids one cannot say too much good about them, they work, they have a proper nose

profile, a perfect 70% meplat for caliber for terminal stabilization, and one other thing they have that

many of todays monolithic solids do not have is multiple bands for reduced bearing surface. I am not a

double rifle shooter, but as I understand these bullets are safe for most all modern double rifles on the

market. This is a tremendous boost in performance for the double rifle shooters that have been told for

many years they could not use monolithic solids, and have been left with antiquated bullet designs left

over for the last hundred years or so! No more! Todays savvy double shooters are moving to a better

designed, more up to date bullet, and the North Fork fits that niche for them. I have a good friend

that has been helping me with some of the test work. He shoots double rifles and has tested very

extensively the 470 caliber North Fork solid in his double rifle. Most double rifles are also burdened

with outdated twist rates for optimum terminal stability of solids. Not much one can do about that

after the fact. With the meplat size of the North Forks at 70% these bullets have been able to self

stabilize during terminal penetration, even with the poor, slower twist rates that most doubles are

encumbered with, which are not optimum for solid terminal stabilization. Yet another factor in favor

of the North Fork Solids currently available.

I have not worked as extensively as I intend to with the North Fork Premium bonded expanding

bullets. I needed a light bullet in 458 caliber that would work with some of my hunting scenarios and

so I have done some work with the 350 gr 458 caliber bullet. Testing it from muzzle velocities of 2350

fps to above 2450 fps in my 458 B&M it performed extremely well in the test work, and I have no doubt

it will do well in the field for it’s intended purposes. I would not hesitate to use this bullet for moose,

elk, bear, and all of Africa’s plains game species. Excellent penetration, expansion, and integrity.

One of the latest additions to my B&M family has been a medium 9.3 caliber cartridge and rifle. It is

very suitable for 250-286 gr bullets available today. I tested the 250 gr North Fork Premium Bonded

bullet at a muzzle velocity of 2750 fps and this bullet performs far beyond what I expected. Total

penetration was 15 inches in the test medium (equating to 24 to 30 inches in animal tissue) which is more

than enough for all game one would hunt with a medium caliber. I have currently slated to test the 286

North Fork Premium, but have not been able to get to it yet. I suspect excellent performance once again.

One thing I must mention about the North Fork Premium Expanding bullets is a phenomena that I

noticed during my test work with them. Under most circumstances when testing a conventional

expanding bullet the more velocity you run, the less penetration you will get. I recently did a test of

many of the 338 caliber bullets on the market with a 338 Winchester and a 338 Ultra. The Ultra

would run on average 250 fps more velocity than the 338 Winchester. In ALL cases the higher velocity

projectiles gave less penetration than the lower velocity projectiles. Now this makes sense if you

think of it logically, more velocity, more expansion, more frontal surface area, more transfer of trauma

to target, therefore less penetration.

The North Fork bonded bullet does not perform that way. In fact it seems to be quite the opposite with

each bullet I have tested. The more velocity, the deeper the penetration with these, which is of

great benefit for cartridges that can run higher velocity. And here is the kick, even in cartridges of

lower velocity there is no downside as penetration and weight retention is excellent regardless.

Basically, a no downside bullet with a wide range of working velocities, and too much velocity is not a

detriment to performance! This is something I intend to investigate further.

Now I would like to move on to one of the most inventive, and exciting bullet designs, and concept that

has come along in years! The North Fork Cup Point! This is what I classify as “Non-Conventional” at

it’s best! These bullets perform in several different ways and concepts. I am just now beginning to

investigate all the possible uses that can be applied with them. I have tested the 325 gr and 350 gr 458

cup points in 458 Lott at high velocity, 458 B&M at medium velocity, and 45/70 lower velocity and

performance is great across the board. These are basically “expanding solids”, no petals or blades, just

a round mushroom top. Penetration is far deeper than any conventional expanding bullet regardless of

velocity, low or high. Penetration is always the key as we know, without penetration all else is a

moot point! These bullets, even though light for caliber, even at modest velocities will penetrate

deeper in most all cases than what a conventional buffalo expanding bullet will penetrate! Some that

come to mind, 450 and 500 gr Swifts, 500 gr Woodleighs, and probably even North Forks own expanding

heavy 458 caliber bonded bullets. Most big bore expanding bullets that one uses as first shots on

buffalo penetrate to 18-24 inches in the test medium, the 325 North Fork Cup Point penetrated from 21-

26 inches depending on velocity, and the 350 gr North Fork Cup Point penetrated from 23 to 28 inches

depending on velocity! This is totally astounding and opens up all sorts of new avenues for lesser

cartridges, such as 45/70. The implications of this cannot be denied. I have a small 458 Caliber

cartridge called the 458 B&M Super Short, these two bullets will be a mainstay for this little

cartridge, increasing it’s effectiveness by great margins in the field. Even cartridges of medium to

large capacities can be enhanced in many areas with these bullets. For instance in 458 Lott running the

350 gr North Fork Cup Point at just under 2800 fps adds a lot of flexibility to the cartridge, giving the

hunter lot’s of extra options.

I tested the heavier 450 gr North Fork Cup Point and it has a bit of a different purpose. It is not meant

as an expanding solid, but a “Limited Penetration Solid”. The Cup Point limits the bullets penetration

roughly by something along the lines of 30-35% as best I can tell with the limited tests I have conducted

to this point. This would be very useful say with buffalo in herds under some circumstances. Yet,

another tool for the hunters pouch!

The Cup Points are incredible strides forward in Non-Conventional bullet design. One I continue to

explore myself and will most certainly have a use for in the near future.

Thanks North Fork!

Michael McCourry

Customer Success story with the .375 350gr CPS

June 26th, 2010

We ran into this heard twice no bull spotted the first time, The second time a large full bossed bull came out to see what we were, one shot at 40 yards thru the chest lodged in the right hind quarter.He went 30 yards turned and came for us, he died facing us at 20 yards no more shots were required. With out the cuppoint we would have had our hands full of Dagga boy.  What a great solid, that opening tip really did good work. (375 H&H)

WD Williams hunting with Kukuzan’s http://www.kukuzans.co.za/

 

 
 

 

Thank you North Fork!

November 21st, 2009
I used North Fork 300 gr. .375 bullets on my first (and only, so far) African safari, on a 7-day plains game hunt in the Limpopo region of S.A, in May 2009.  I took six animals, and recovered two bullets.  All went down on the first shot; though I gave two an insurance shot.  I couldn’t ask for better performance; the two recovered bullets look exactly like the pictures on your web site.
 
Attached is a picture of my 62.5″ kudu, with my P.H., Juan Malan.  A textbook one-shot kill on a massive trophy animal.
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Thank you, North Fork.
 
Mike R.

More Customer Success Pictures

November 17th, 2009

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Attached is a picture of a pronghorn antelope I took about 2 weeks
ago.  I shot him at 250yds in West Texas.  I was using a .270
Winchester with a 130 grain North Fork.  He ended up scoring 79 1/8"
B&C.  Thought y'all might like a picture of another North Fork kill.
 
Thanks,
Curtis Clader
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Eastern Oregon Mule Deer taken by Ken Creel 
with a 6.5X284 with 120gr North Fork bullets at 193 yds.
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Paul Henry with a succesful African Safari

Customer Testimonial after Zimbabwe Adventure

October 24th, 2009
Dear North Fork

I just returned from a wonderful safari with Roger Whittall Safaris on Humani in the Save River Conservancy in Zimbabwe on which I used North Fork bullets in Cal. 416 Rem. Mag. with excellent results.   I hunted plains game and was an observer on my brother’s Elephant / Buffalo hunt.  Also possible were Leopard and Lion.  Being allergic to becoming a greasy spot on the dirt, prior to the hunt I spent 10 months testing gun, scopes and bullets.  I tested all the better bullets.  Because they are machined instead of being stamped out, North Fork bullets were the most  CONSISTENT bullets.  They were the most accurate.  The Soft, Solid and Cup all shot to the same point of impact (making lovely little cloverleafs) with the same load.  They didn’t change POI from lot to lot. They shot to the same velocity with lower pressures observable on primers and primer pocket expansion.  The benefit is that one can spend much less time developing loads for the rifle, and more time tending to the myriad of other tasks required to go on safari.

I had noticed that Professional Hunters in evaluating their clients look hard at four things when you first show up.  Your general physical condition and boots get a real hard look.  (Can the client walk, are his boots broken in, and are they noisy?)  Your rifle and ammunition get another hard look.  (Will the rifle shoot, can the client shoot, and will the bullets do the job?  As an aside, they are also evaluating weather they want to keep your left over ammunition for themselves or their friends, or if it would be best sent home with you, thrown in the trash, or given to someone they don’t like. )
My PH broke out in smiles when he saw my North Fork ammunition.  He had recently guided a 9 cow cull with a South African fellow, and part of the exercise was to evaluate bullets.  They tested five each of 9 different bullets on one carcass for penetration, and of course shot eight more Elephant.  The North Fork and (another lathe-turned flat meplat monolith manufactured in South Africa) out-performed everything else by a ele-trying-to-evict-us-1significant margin.  He held up the soft “this will be just the ticket if we get round to the Buffalo.  They don’t shed petals and swerve off into the guts.”  He held up the solid.  ”If your brother’s elephant takes one step after his shot, I want you to shoot and keep shooting as fast as you can until he’s down.  Shoot the heart-lungs, shoot the spine, shoot the main leg bones, shoot the hip, and failing that, shoot it anywhere you can.  These bullets penetrate like mad, just smash through bones and keep going straight”  And so it was.  My brother’s .500 N. E. was a perfectly placed frontal brain shot (not with a North Fork Bullet though), but to our absolute shock and horror, the Elephant turned and ran.   Boo-Boom went his left and the PH’s shot into the heart-lung during the turn.  I was covering another bull, which quickly turned and was no longer a threat so I put a solid into my brothers retreating bull next to the base of the tail.  He stopped, swayed once, and down he went.  I think the Bull was pretty much done for, and wouldn’t have gone far even without my shot, but we were all gratified when he stopped and went down.  My bullet penetrated the hind-quarters, ran along the spine, got through the paunch, penetrated the liver, and was found in the heart-lung area.
We used the soft on the Kudu and Buffalo, both quartering one shot kills through the shoulder and heart-lung area, with thekudu-2-11 bullet bulging the skin on the off side.  Perfect.
If you look at the attached pictures, you will notice that we mixed it up quite a bit with elephant.  We looked over 49 bulls, mostly at very close quarters (7 to 30 yards) before we took one.  We got in mixed herds.  We tracked up a bull with an injured foot, then came back and tried to dart him, so he got to chase us twice.  We were charged, mock charged, run off, and almost run off several times.  Instead of being terrifying, it was all huge fun.  Our super competent guide, Peter Woods, let us know whether we needed to back off a few yards, stare them down, run like schoolgirls, or stand and shoot.  We had absolute faith in our bullets when it was time to shoot, and that made all the difference.  
Thanks for making a superior bullet.  It really is a better mousetrap, and although I suspect that the entire world isn’t going to beat a path to your door, the guys that care about bullet performance will.
Sincerely Gary Glick     

North Fork Bullets and Grizzly Cartridge Testimonial (Successful Elk Hunt)

October 24th, 2009
Recently, someone in your company sent me two boxes of Grizzly ammo, loaded with the 180 Gr. NFT bullet for use on my elk hunt.  This was arranged through a friend of mine, Karl Miller, at Pacific Sporting Arms. 
 
As an outdoor writer since 1972, I have used a myriad of bullets in factory loaded and hand loaded ammo over thimg_0101-11e years.  Some with great results, others with not so great results.  I am happy to say the NFT bullet worked perfectly.  The recovered bullet mushroomed perfectly and weighs right at 175 grains indicating that it held together very well.  The shot out of my .300 Win Mag was about 150 yards and the impact shock must have been horrific.  The big bull was traveling with two cows at the time and really didn’t know what hit him.  The bullet made Jell-O out of both lungs and caused some sever damage before lodging against the ribs just forward of the shoulder.  After a 20-second testosterone rush, the bull collapsed about eight to ten feet from where it was struck.   
 
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Thanks for taking the nonsense out of bullet making and coming up with a superb product.   
 
Pete Fosselman
Outdoor Writer
San Dimas, CA 

Customer testimonial

September 2nd, 2009

Just finished load development for a .416 Rem. Mag. 700 out of the Custom shop. The gun was an orphan, and had been passed around from hand to hand because it had feeding problems. It shot well enough, but wouldn’t feed anything but round nose or spire point bullets. Turned out that the magazine box was standing up in front of the feed ramp slightly. A little judicious filing to fair the lips of the magazine box to match the feed ramp and the flat points fed like butter.
Loading, which I thought would be a long and tedious process turned out to be a snap, which I attribute to the uniformity from bullet to bullet and commonality of form from flat point to cup point to soft. I also load for benchrest, and like to measure. These bullets are all the same. It’s like picking up a box of Lapua 6 mm BR brass. You just can’t find any anomalies.
I tested just about everybody’s bullets, and the North Forks seemed to group the best individually. Settling on 76 gr. of Reloader 15 across the board for the 370 gr. soft, cup and flat gave nice 2350 fps. low pressure loads with a low velocity spread, round primers, and no noticeable primer pocket expansion. Oddly, i no the different North Forks all seem to shoot about the same velocity. The Federal Trophy 400 gr. Factory load was my “check load”, and the soft also clocked 2350, with flat-flat primers, and looser pockets.
Finally the days of preliminary load development are over. I’ve got 100 new R-P Brass (Huntingtons has a giant lot of .416 brass which seems better than average), and enough primers & powder out of the same lots to assemble my loads to take to Zimbabwe in September. But will it shoot? I wondered what it will take to get all the bullets to shoot together. I’ve been stomped to death when short on time before a trip and forced to just keep shooting that .470 that won’t regulate, or that light .375 that slaps you like a red-headed stepchild and then throws the softs and the solids to different parts of the world.
Shot in at 50 yards, one soft, one cup, and one flat cut a neat cloverleaf. 100 yards yields a horizontal string about 1 caliber tall and 1.25 ” wide, still dead on. 200 yards yields another horizontal string, 3″ wide and about .75″ deep printing 5″ low. The wind is fishtailing over either shoulder, I estimate at least half the horizontal spread is a weather report. I was elated. As Taylor said, confidence in equipment is critical for effective game shots. These bullets inspire calm collected shooting.
These North Forks are simply great bullets. Dug out of drought dried black clay they look like dirtier versions of the promo pictures. I’m hoping to see what they look like dug out of some animals.

Gary Glick