First Look: Speer Gold Dot Rifle Ammunition

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Offering excellent accuracy and terminal performance, Speer Gold Dot Rifle Ammunition proves a deadly defensive option for your long gun.

Studied or practiced concealed carry for any amount of time chances are you’ve heard of Gold Dot. Speer’s tried-and-true defensive ammunition has been the choice of numerous law enforcement agencies and armed citizens for years, offering consistent and devastating performance. Now, the ammo-maker is taking the line in a new direction, one might say it’s going big with Gold Dot.

The Speer Gold Dot Rifle ammunition line offers loads for three of the most popular personal defensive long-gun calibers: .223 Rem., .300 Blackout and .308 Win. And like the company’s handgun options, each is tuned for the utmost accuracy and terminal performance. Despite a new twist to the line, Speer achieves this by employing much of the same engineering that went into Gold Dot handgun ammo, particularly bullet design.

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The bullet’s bonded core process—what Speer calls “Uni-Core”—is what makes this stuff dynamite. It comes down to weight retention, with the soft-point’s alloy lead core chemically bonded to its copper jacket ensuring it doesn’t break up once it reaches its target. At the same time, it has an excellent expansion profile, consistently and massively mushrooming. This combination creates a single devastating wound channel, thus increases the chances of neutralizing a threat.

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In all, there are five Speer Gold Dot Rifle loads:

  • 55-grain .223 Remington: Muzzle Velocity 3,600 fps, BC .251
  • 62-grain .223 Remington: Muzzle Velocity 2,750 fps, BC .310
  • 75-grain .223 Remington: Muzzle Velocity 2,775 fps, BC .400
  • 150-grain .300 Blackout: Muzzle Velocity 1,900 fps, BC .330
  • 150-grain .308 Winchester: Muzzle Velocity 2,820 fps, BC .414

The other notable, Speer has opted for a nickel-coated case for Gold Dot Rifle. No big surprise. Common to the Gold Dot family, the more lustrous metal generally is considered smoother feeding and makes it easier to check the status of a gun. As to cost, a box of 20 runs between $25.99 and $30.99, depending on caliber and bullet weight.

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LEWISTON, Idaho –– Speer Gold Dot Handgun ammunition’s reliability has made it the No. 1 choice for law enforcement. Now Speer is offering the same performance for self-defense rifle applications. New Gold Dot Rifle ammunition is engineered to provide industry-leading performance in FBI protocol testing through barrels less than 16 inches long. Shipments of this new product have begun to arrive at dealers.

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The bullets loaded in the new Gold Dot Rifle ammunition line are built using Speer’s exclusive Uni-Cor method. The jacket is bonded to the core one atom at a time, virtually eliminating core-jacket separation and creating a projectile that’s accurate, tough and consistent through all common barriers.

Features & Benefits
-New self-defense rifle loads optimized for peak FBI protocol performance through barrels shorter than 16 inches
-75-grain 223 Rem. recommended for 1-in-9-inch barrel twist or faster
-55-grain 223 Rem. option offers reduced penetration for less risk to bystanders
-Consistent penetration and expansion through common barriers
-Extremely uniform jacket maximizes accuracy
-Gold Dot technology virtually eliminates core-jacket separation
-Nickel-plated brass
-Reliable, sensitive primers

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