I guess I'll always associate Remington Core-Lokt bullets with my childhood.
Back then most of my family made use of Remington 740 and 742 autoloading rifles chambered for the 30-06. My parents and grandparents had piled up about half a dozen of these rifles for deer hunting back in their native Wisconsin and by the time I came along they had begun using them on Montana game.
To feed these guns, my grandmother carefully watched the local newspaper ads to figure out which sporting goods store was running a deal. At the time $10 was the normal price for a box of loaded Remington Core-Lokt ammo and any dip below this price would get Grandma to drive into town to fill a shopping bag. Over the years green Remington boxes became common household items for us.
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Core-Lokts are by no means the most technologically advanced bullets on the market. Actually, when Remington introduced them back in the 1960s, they were already something of an anachronism.
There were already designs on the market that could be counted on to deliver better accuracy and better weight retention. While the Core-Lokt wasn't a great leap forward for bullets, it did have a few things going for it that made the American shooting public get behind it.
For starters, the Core-Lokt's simple design of a lead core with a cannelure to lock the bullet together means that the bullets tend to give predictable results in terms of terminal performance. They might not hold up as well in terms of weight retention, but they do open every time.
The second thing the Core-Lokt has always had going for it is the high production volume that only a beast of a company like Remington is capable of. There are a lot of folks out there who sighted their gun in with Remington Core-Lokts 30 years ago and have never fired any other ammo out of it. Core-Lokts are always on the shelves and they're always reasonably priced.
That combination, along with consistent performance, is enough to keep people buying them year in and year out. Why bother to adjust your scope if you don't have to?
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These days, the price on Core-Lokt ammo has gone up, although it's still only up to about $20, which is hardly keeping pace with inflation. Naturally, the price on Core-Lokt component bullets has gone up as well, but they too are still reasonable for jacketed fodder.
Over the years I've seen many a Core-Lokt bullet take down game and I've recovered a good number of them from game animals during butchering. Some break up quite a bit, while others hang together rather well; the moral of the story is that I'm always removing them from dead animals, so their effectiveness isn't in question.
For the money, the Core-Lokt is still a great bullet and will be for many more decades.
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