Last year, Federal Premium announced the release of a new type of ammunition designed for the shooting range: American Eagle Syntech. By SHOT Show 2017, syntech rounds were on hand for some testing and we did a full range test on the loads earlier this year.

At the SHOT Show demonstration of the cartridges with the high-tech polymer-coated bullets, the Federal rep said it might be some time before those bullets would be on the market for reloaders.

Well, it looks like things are moving along a little faster than expected.

Today, Federal has announced it is now offering the American Eagle Syntech Total Synthetic Jacket (TSJ) bullets as components for handloading, allowing competitors and casual shooters to load Syntech rounds to their own specs and pressures.

The new polymer-coated bullets produce less heat and friction, while leaving behind less residue to clean.

American Eagle Syntech: Ammo Test

The company says the bullets, which will be available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP, will be competitively priced and are currently on their way to dealers.

The TSJ bullet’s jacket eliminates copper fouling, since there’s no copper, and the slicker surface decreases heat and friction inside the bore, which, in turn, leads to longer barrel life and a cooler gun while shooting high volume at the range.

Additionally, the polymer jacket holds a bullet of compressed lead that breaks apart when it contacts a hard surface, meaning Syntech bullets are safer to use on steel targets, as they produce far less splash-back than conventional bullets.

For our full report on the performance of the Syntech rounds, go here.

For a guide on using steel targets safely, go here.

How to shoot on steel safely, from target thickness and steel type to choosing the correct ammunition for the range.

Everything You Need to Know About Shooting Steel