Trophy Copper

Trophy Copper

Part #: P243TC1

Extract maximum performance from your favorite cartridge with Federal Premium® Trophy® Copper, the official rifle ammunition of MeatEater's Steven Rinella. The loads provide pinpoint accuracy and aggressive expansion, yet the copper, polymer-tipped bullet retains up to 99 percent of its weight for deep penetration on a wide range of medium and big game. 


  • Caliber: 243 Win
  • Bullet Weight (grains): 85
  • Bullet Style: Trophy Copper
  • Type: Copper
  • Muzzle Velocity: 3200
  • Ballistic Coefficient: .391
  • Package Quantity: 20
  • Use: Medium Game
  • MSRP: $36.99
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Velocity in feet per second
Muzzle 100 Y 200 Y 300 Y 400 Y 500 Y
3200 2947 2708 2481 2265 2061
Energy in Foot Pounds
Muzzle 100 Y 200 Y 300 Y 400 Y 500 Y
1933 1639 1384 1162 969 801
Wind Drift in Inches (at 10 mph)
Muzzle 100 Y 200 Y 300 Y 400 Y 500 Y
0 0.7 2.9 6.8 12.5 20.5
Wind Drift in Inches (at 10 MPH Crosswind)
Average Range
50 Y 100 Y 200 Y 300 Y
-0.3 -2.5 -9.8
Height of bullet trajectory in inches above or below line of sight if zeroed at 100 yards. Sights 1.5 inches above bore line.
Long Range
50 Y 100 Y 200 Y 300 Y 400 Y 500 Y
0.3 1.3 -6 -17.6 -36.2
Height of bullet trajectory in inches above or below line of sight if zeroed at 200 yards. Sights 1.5 inches above bore line.


Trophy® Copper

  1. Nickel plated for easy extraction and corrosion protection
  2. Grooved bullet shank decreases fouling and improves accuracy
  3. Copper-alloy construction for up to 99 percent weight retention
  4. Gold Medal® primer
  5. Specially formulated propellant with copper-reducing additives
  6. High-performance polymer tip and boat-tail design for a flat trajectory and match-grade accuracy
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Ammo I have a .243 Tikka T3 lite with a Leupold 4.5x14 CDS scope. At the range, the 85 grain Trophy Copper bullet holes tough each other at 100 yards. Definitely sub MOA. With the Leupold CDS, I hit every metal target I shoot at out to 500 yards at the rifle range. Can’t tell exact where the bullet hits, but I always hear the “smack” or “dong” when the bullet hit the metal plate. I used the .243 Trophy Copper bullets on an antelope hunt in Wyoming this fall (2018). An antelope buck ranged in at 230 yards. The first shoot hit the antelope low and behind the shoulder, but the antelope never flinched. I wait a few seconds, watch the antelope and decided to shoot again. This time I hit him in the shoulder. Finally, after watching the antelope for a minute, he fell over. While field dress the antelope, first shoot hit the lungs, second shot hit and broke the shoulder. Neither round exited the chest cavity. Not sure why the antelope did not go down on the first shot, but the chest cavity was full of blood. Great round. I’m curious to see the 300 WIN rounds to on an elk.
Date published: 2019-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deer, hogs, coyotes...oh my I've used this ammo since the summer (July 2018 ). On hogs it drops then in their tracks with a shot in the neck or shoulder. And even if the round passes through it obliterates the lung, heart, neck bones, shoulder or spine and makes for a good clean kill. Now on whitetail deer, I have harvested whitetail bucks up to 190# with this round. I take very well placed shots on deer and always go through the lungs. The round passes through almost always and the deer either drops on the spot or has run less than 20 yards. Making for a very clean quick harvest of the animal. The round does not fragment and contaminate the meat either. And drops coyotes dead in there tracks. I shoot a Browning BAR scoped and get quarter size groups at 80yds.
Date published: 2018-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4 bucks 2 bulls in 4 years Please add this picture to my earlier posted review.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Ammo!!! I bought this ammo for my Ruger American in 243 topped with a Vortex Diamondback 3-9x40 scope. Im getting 1/2" groups from a factory rifle. I shot a buck with this ammo. I did not get a pass through like I was expecting but the deer was dead before it hit the ground DRT. I did shoot it at an pretty extreme angle. I cant wait to test this ammo further. Federal Premium has always produced top notch ammo. Thanks Federal!!
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bad Medicine Bought this ammo for my daughters 243 Hawkeye Compact. Ammo grouped well at the range, any fliers were my fault. Assuming 2800 fps muzzle velocity, sighted dead on at 25 yards gives a point blank range of 272 yards (+- 3" of line of sight). That's plenty good enough for my 12 y.o. (and me). Ammo was put to the test on opening day. 2.5 year old (DNR confirmed) MN doe walked out just before the end of legal shooting. My daughter took the shot as the doe was angling toward her. Bullet entered mid left shoulder and traversed diagonally through lung cavity. Exited about 1/2 forward of the diaphram on the right side. We had a really good blood trail that led us right to the deer. Deer had run about 80 yards on the hoof. Entrance and exit wounds can be seen in photos. We will be using this ammo again.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Accurate These shoot better than any bullet I have fitted from my Ruger M77 Mark II. I haven't hunted with them yet but expect excellent performance on smaller whitetail.
Date published: 2016-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great accuracy I tried the Federal Trophy Copper last week and I shot less that 3/4" 3 shot group at 100 Yds. I will be using this load in the November rifle season this year. Great accuracy in My Mossberg Patriot.
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK until a flyer I got fairly accurate results from my Weatherby Vanguard at 100 yds, but then would get a flyer every 4th or 5th round. When I say flyer, I mean flyer. While the other rounds would be within a couple of inches, a flyer might be off by 7 or 8 inches. I wonder if 85 grains is enough for my particular rifle. It's usually delivers very tightly grouped rounds with 100 grain rounds.
Date published: 2015-11-10
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