I came across X-Fire Ammo today, of Millersburg, Ohio. He (Nick Mullet) is a FFL-07 manufacturer and among other things is focusing on selling his own line of SCHP expanding projectiles which resemble Lehigh Defense Max Expanders. He does all of the common pistol calibers and sells the loaded ammo via Gunbroker: http://www.gunbroker.com/All/BI.aspx?IncludeSellers=645220
He doesn’t have a website, but does have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/X-Fire-169309020122483/ From reading posts he has done at other forums over the past year or so, he implies that the projectiles are his own design and that he manufactures them.
The unique thing he does (which Lehigh does not) is loading a .45 Colt with standard O.A.L., not the longer version which Lehigh does as intended for use in Derringers and the Governor & Judge revolvers which is where most all modern self-defense .45 Colt loads end up. He also loads a .458 SOCOM and .45-70 load with this bullet type. These load types seem to do well at regional gun shows where many customers aren’t familiar with Lehigh or SCHP’s in general, and they are rightly wowed by the ballistics gel with captured expanded bullets, or expanded bullets as big as half-dollar coins being displayed on the tables. You see a bunch of that type of display at SHOT show.
These would be the fourth type of nearly identical projectile like this in recent years, with the Lehigh M.E., this X-Fire, the Peregrine SD, and the Ithaca I.E.P. all being nearly the same. And then you’ve also got the L-Tech “Fullstop” coming online now in 9mm at least, not to mention G2’s “Civic Duty” load, the Cutting Edge “PHD”, Gorilla’s “Silverback”, and the OATH “Tango”. The market is fairly saturated with solid copper self-defense projectiles lately but many of the recent new players don’t seem to be aware of anything beyond Lehigh & Barnes (when I talk to them) as far as a business plan. X-Fire prices their pistol loads at $40 per 20, as opposed to Lehigh who stays around $33 per 20.