North Fork's unique design
Not all bullets are created equal. At North Fork we pride ourselves with only using the best possible manufacturing techniques in order to build the best possible bullets.
Many bullets over-expand resulting in the center of mass moving rearwards during impact at which point the bullet begins to tumble resulting in loss of penetration and an unpredictable path through game. Unlike traditional lead-based cup and core bullets, faster velocities with North Fork bullets will not cause the bullet to over-expand limiting penetration but allows North Fork bullets to penetrate deeper. Our bullets also don’t fragment violently like “copper” bullets made from impure alloys sometimes do.
Pure Copper Jacket
While pure copper is both difficult to machine and expensive, it is the best material for bullet jackets when unfailing, controlled expansion is required. Gilded metals (copper alloys) have impurities added to create stresses in the material that allow faster and easier machining, but they are less malleable and result in fractures during impact. In every instance, pure copper jacketed bullets will stay together better under impact than those made from “gilded or alloyed metals”.
Premium Bonded Lead Core
Bonding the lead core to the copper jacket eliminates lead core to jacket separation often seen in traditional non-bonded bullet designs. The molecular bond allows the bullet to stay together during impact resulting in higher retained weight than non-bonded or partially bonded bullets. Lead enables a higher sectional density/heavier bullet for the same length compared to pure copper designs resulting in deeper penetration.
Solid Copper Shank
With the lead core in front and the solid copper shank in the rear, impact results in a perfect mushroom over a large range of velocities. At impact, the front lead core expands until it reaches the solid copper shank stopping the mushroom at its maximum diameter. With the solid copper shank and limited mushroom size, the center of mass remains forward of the centerline resulting in a stable, straight path through game.
Smart Band Technology (SBT)
Copper has a tendency to foul the rifle barrel. Therefore we at North Fork have chosen to use much smaller bands (SBT) than the competition. The bands reduce the contact surface area between the bullet and rifling minimizing fouling. The smaller bands conform to the barrel by providing an area for the copper to flow dramatically reducing copper fouling. Other banded bullets have wide bands that minimize contact area but do not provide room for displacement. The process of manufacturing the smaller bands is more time consuming, but the result is a superior bullet.
Designed Impact Geometries (DIG)
North Fork bullets are designed to create the perfect mushroom in the field. Geometries are engineered to give you consistent expansion and unfailing reliability over the widest range of velocities possible whether shooting a high velocity magnum or a standard cartridge. The benefits, whether the game is up close or at a longer range, are predictable expansion, deep penetration and high retained weight. Traditional bullet designs only work well over a limited velocity range. North Fork bullets are designed to give you the confidence to take the shot.