Barnes has just announced that they will now load their own ammo using their Tac-XP SCHP bullets in common auto pistol calibers and they will call it “TAC-XPD”. I’m sort of surprised and not surprised at the same time.
On the one hand I am not surprised since this past year they have been loading the “VOR-TX” line in .357mag, .44mag, .41mag, and .45 Cot for hunters, so it makes sense that they would go ahead and just load the much more popular pistol calibers in auto loads if they are going to be manufacturing loaded ammo anyway.
On the other hand I am surprised at their optimism about pursuing this since the market is absolutely drowning in various SCHP lead-free loads like this right now, most of them using Barnes XBP bullets! Aside from there being at least 10 manufacturers of loaded ammunition who use the Barnes SCHP bullets in loading common pistol calibers, there are other manufacturers using different bullets such as the Magtech “First Defense” / “Justice” loads, the Grizzly Cartridge “Xtreme” line, the stuff from Lehigh Defense, PNW Arms, Liberty Ammunition “Halo” which are similar, and the Fiocchi EMB which is in a similar ballpark to these, being lead-free.
The real issue for them should be that JEK inc’s Rareammo.com website and MidwayUSA are selling tons of cheaply-priced “C.O.P.” SCHP ammo in many calibers using bullets from General Bullet that undercuts everyone’s pricing, so I don’t think the civilian market (online buyers at least) will warm up to these anytime soon. Barnes must be banking on a big law enforcement marketing campaign I imagine, but they will be competing with juggernauts like Federal, and other longtime loaders like Black Hills, Corbon, Buffalo Bore, Double Tap and Wilson Combat. Putting “PD” in the name of the ammo seems to hint at this avenue. They will no-doubt be relatively high-grade cartridges, but all of the manufactures of these types of cartridge claim to use the highest grade components at the highest level of loading precision, etc… etc…
Originally heard about these at this link:
It looks like the bullets will have some sort of dark coating (moly coat?) inside & out:
I have a keen interest in all this sort of development with SCHP pistol loads and I will have a new reference book ready for SLICS with all of the past and present loadings of this type described. Hopefully I can get my hands on a box of these before March!