By Dr. Jim and Mary Clary
The Clarys put the all new Polycase Inceptor Sport Utility Ammunition to the test to find out if it is balistically equal to the more expensive PolyCase ARX ammo.
U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- PolyCase Ammunition was founded in 2012 by Paul Lemke, who is a retired U.S. Army Airborne Ranger. Paul and the other founders of PolyCase were in the business of injection molding precision engine parts using the newest heat-tolerant cutting-edge materials.
It was no leap for them to apply that technology to develop an entirely new type of effective ammunition: One that was lighter, accurate and just as effective as conventional lead-core jacketed ammunition.
We have previously tested and reviewed the PolyCase ARX ammunition produced under the brand Inceptor and Ruger and it performed very well…. showing reduced recoil in all calibers tested and very accurate (Ruger ARX Ammunition by PolyCase).
Our only concern was the price for regular range use. That is one reason why PolyCase introduced the Inceptor Sport Utility Ammo line of ammunition.
PolyCase Inceptor Sport Utility Ammo
“Inceptor Sport Utility Ammo line of ammunition was designed to be ballistically matched to the ARX defensive loads allowing the shooter to train the same way they may have to defend. It is designed for training purposes. The lead-free copper-polymer blended bullets was designed for use on hardened steel providing unmatched frangibility with safe range distances measured in feet, not yards, for the safest and most realistic training experience. This allows it to be incorporated into close quarters drills using steel targets.”
The purpose of our tests was to compare the performance of the Inceptor ammo to their equivalent ARX loads. We did our shooting at 25 yards, using the Caldwell Pistolero Handgun Rest. We used Hoppe’s 25-yard slow fire, bullseye pistol targets, firing multiple five shot groups for record. The results are as follows:
9 mm Luger (Springfield Model XD-9) PolyCase Inceptor Sport Utility Ammo
- 65 grain ARX (Ruger), MV 1,620 fps, ME 379 ft. lbs.: Smallest group 1.12 in.; Largest group 1.50 in.; Mean group size – 1.35 in.
- 65 grain Inceptor, MV 1,540 fps, ME 342 ft. lbs.: Smallest group 1.25 in.; Largest group 1.60 in.; Mean group size – 1.40 in.
.45 A.C.P. (Colt Gold Cup Series 80 MK IV) PolyCase Inceptor Sport Utility Ammo
- 118 grain ARX (Ruger), MV 1,307 fps, ME 448 ft. lbs.: Smallest group 1.25 in.; Largest group 1.75 in.; Mean group size – 1.55 in.
- 130 grain Inceptor, MV 1,210 fps, ME 423 ft. lbs.: Smallest group 1.60 in.; Largest group 2.12 in.; Mean group size – 1.65 in.
.40 S&W (Springfield XDM) PolyCase Inceptor Sport Utility Ammo
- 97 grain ARX (Ruger), MV 1,410 fps, ME 428 ft. lbs.: Smallest group 1.60 in.; Largest group 2.25 in.; Mean group size – 1.75 in.
- 97 grain Inceptor, MV 1,380, ME 410 ft. lbs.: Smallest group 1.50 in.; Largest group 1.75 in.; Mean group size – 1.60 in.
.38 Spl. (Smith &Wesson Model 19-2) PolyCase Inceptor Sport Utility Ammo
- 77 grain ARX (Ruger), MV 1,116 fps, 213 ft. lbs.: Smallest group 1.40 in; Largest group 1.80 in.; Mean group size – 1.50 in.
- 84 grain Inceptor, MV 1,210 fps, ME 273 ft. lbs.: Smallest group 1.50 in; Largest group 1.75 in.; Mean group size – 1.55 in
.357 Magnum (Smith &Wesson Model 19-2) PolyCase Inceptor Sport Utility Ammo
- 86 grain ARX (Ruger), MV 1,650, ME 520 ft. lbs.: Smallest group 1.75 in.; Largest group 2.30 in.; Mean group size – 2.12 in.
- At the time of our review, there was no Inceptor ammo in .357 Magnum caliber; however, we can say that the ARX loads were very accurate and almost fun to shoot.
Our test results confirmed that the folks at PolyCase have succeeded in producing Inceptor rounds that mimic the ballistic performance of their ARX ammunition. As such, it is both economical and practical to use the Inceptor ammunition on the range for practice and then switch to the ARX stuff for defense, without worrying about having to re-sight your gun or practice.
Inceptor Sport Utility Ammo is available in .380 Auto, 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .38 Special and the newly launched .300 ACC Blackout Short Range Rifle. It is competitively priced with other premium range/utility ammunition. For more information, visit https://www.polycaseammo.com/project/inceptor-rnp.
**Author’s final note: We do not recommend copper-polymer matrix ammunition for use in derringers. The minimal rifling in their short barrels will not stabilize the bullets. Stick to lead core bullets or shot shells in derringers.
About Jim and Mary Clary:
Jim and Mary Clary have co-authored over three hundred and fifty articles, (and counting) on shooting and hunting. You can read many of them on AmmoLand News.