Lew - I have been trying to fully map this one out for a while, and I have purchased several of his loads. The basic run down is this:
It is not a real business in any sense of the word in so far as a licensed dealer or anyone with an FFL-06.
“Synergy Business Development” is completely made up and does not exist beyond the one person (Ed Peterson).
He has different business names which all fall under the umbrella of Synergy Business development such as “Extremely Lethal Projectiles”, “Peterson’s Shot Shells”, and “ECO Solutions LLC”.
His listed address in Beaverton, OR is a residential house when looked at on Google street view.
He is skilled at machining custom projectiles with a lathe, re-sizer, and loading in general.
Aside from those issues, there are some questionable descriptions he uses in his auction listings (the only place you can buy from him - he has no website) where he will describe things like “FN deciding to continue their relationship with Synergy Business Development” so that the development phase of projectile testing may continue… which is silly, FN has no idea who Synergy is and has no relationship with him. He also describes some of his loads such as the .460 S&W cutter as being developed as a back-up load for a big game hunter and how it has a stainless steel tubular cutting core… - I purchased some of these and they were nothing more than .460 factory loads with the jacketed lead hollow point tip hollowed out a little to accept what looked like a tubular section from a piece of hobby piping or a pen or something. The steel tube was placed well and beveled to be in line with the hollow point it was inserted into, but it was magnetic, and thus is not stainless steel. He does other things like loading ball bearings into the tips of hollow points, or loading colored plastic beads, or exploder tips with primers.
He makes a whole bunch of weird custom loads in pistol projectiles mostly and does some really nice looking work, but also does some completely ballistically neurotic things like inserting rivets in through projectiles or screwing screws into lead hollow points and passing them off as being super high quality accurate projectiles (I can’t imagine). It’s too bad really because much of the work looks great, but his exaggeration and lying makes for some weird made-up provenance and over-hyped history.
Here is his full list of offerings found only on Gunbroker:
He was originally only selling on Gunauction (Auctionarms), and may still be, but he seems to have shifted mostly to Gunbroker for obvious reasons.
A photo lineup of the stuff I have from him, showing two exploders in both .32acp, and .380acp, then a 9x19 & .40S&W “BIC” load, a .45acp load with steel bearing which he calls a “High-Speed / Low recoil” load, and then a .22Winmag ELP penetrator with steel screw:
A few projectiles; a .45 cal with multi pre-frag innards, a 9x19 exploder, and .22 with a screw in it:
Here is the .460S&W with tiny 20gr steel tubular section shown next to it which I removed from the core of another load of this type. I can’t imagine that a steel tube like that would be any real benefit on a projectile of this weight which already exceeds 2000fps:
A scan of his business card:
He also does some extended case shotshells under the Peterson name and these are alright, and seem to have a lathed-down headstamp which then has a laser-etched or machine-etched headstamp of his own. He does everything in relatively small quantity and has some really nice looking quality pieces, but the descriptions and the Amway-esque feel I get from it all is a shame.
The legality of some his projectiles with steel things inserted begins to approach concern as well, if it is to be considered “manufacturing”…