50, have heard from a sierra tech and others that a very small mushroom type air pocket in front of the tip will actually let a bullet go through the air a little easier.also a hollow point seems to work better than a small flat.don't know if this is true but again, have heard this from more than one.Bruce Baer was telling me this very thing about 2 weeks ago.
i'm sure everyone carries their ammo in a protective case or something but when you're hunting, things tend to get bumped around a little.
as for those solids,they just look good.almost like they should speed up as they go!
Funny you make that comment about the solids and not Richards bullet. THE only difference between the two is that the solid has a slightly longer BT length.
Baring surface is basically identical between the two, Ogive is exactly the same design and length of nose is identical as well and both have the same needle point meplat. Again, other then one has a Rebatted Boattail and the other has a conventional BT design, they are basically the same externally dimensioned bullet.
Maybe the two tone color on Richards make them look slower??? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Personally, as far as consistancy and usibility with many different barrels, there will be no comparision between the two, Richards will be a dramatically superior bullet in my opinion and also usible for use on big game as well.
As far as the Sierra Ballistics personel, I have alot of faith in them for conventional calibers used in conventional rounds. But to be blunt, most commercial bullet makers have little if any knowledge dealing with the class of rounds we are here.
Bruce Baer on the other hand does and I would respect his opinion greatly.
It may be of interest for you that the next batch of tipped bullets will have tips with a very slight flat on them. Not for ballistic reasons but for safety. Richard has almost ran these tips right into his hand before and yes they will punch skin very easily with little pressure needed!!!
I found this out as well. Dropped one and caught it in my hand, tip broke the skin in the palm of my hand!!!
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Just another point I forgot to mention that you may want to think about. Do you need a repeater ? If you do, the pool to choose from with the edge will be much deeper than the 408 based rounds that seem to have a very ltd number of actions that will perform as a repeater ?
Just my 2 cents worth from 6 months of questions and answers.
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