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Unread 03-17-2003, 09:11 AM
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Re: 22 caliber bullets


To manufacture a solid copper bullet for a 22 caliber in the 85 to 100gr range would require a very fast twist to stabilize. Since copper is about 15% less weight, by volume, then lead, the copper bullet would be much longer in the 85gr then a lead filled bullet. At this time I have no plans on developing a 22 caliber bullet. As always customer feedback will determine what calibers I introduce. So, I won't say never. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

I have a 243 bullet in the works. The 243 may be an option for a young hunter. The recoil of a 243 is minimal.

As to having deer run off using my 22, no, I have not had any deer run off. I wait until I have "the" shot before I shoot - broadside. I have never had one exit on a deer. It "seems" that once the 52gr bullet enters the lung area it explodes and makes a real mess of the lungs. It turns them off pretty fast.

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Unread 03-17-2003, 09:35 AM
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Re: 22 caliber bullets

Might check out the Powell River Labs tungsten core bullets (100 gr) that the SOF military are using now. Still experimental and requires real fast twist, probably in the 1-6 or 6.5 range at least.

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Unread 03-17-2003, 05:52 PM
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Re: 22 caliber bullets

For high velocity chest impacts I use the 55gr. FMJ-BT. I shoot them at 4260fps with great accuracy. And yes they will expand! I think what actually happens with this bullet is that it flips over and expands from the back because the jacket does not cover the lead on the back.

I have not had good results with getting accuracy out the barns bullets but everyone I talk to says they kill deer really well.

The 55gr. sierra BTSP also works good on deer, I watched my buddy shoot one in the lungs with impact velocity of 3200fps and only left a small exit hole not sure about higher velocity though, the deer took three steps and tipped over.
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Unread 03-17-2003, 07:23 PM
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Re: 22 caliber bullets

Yes I've heard of the hammer bullets. Last I checked, his die was broken and he could not make anymore. I would use a 80 g Matchking.
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Unread 03-17-2003, 08:11 PM
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Re: 22 caliber bullets

I was told that I would have to use a 1/8 twist so that you can have the over 1" long bullets to stabilize.

BH would love to try PRL tungsten bullets but can't seem to get information on them as to availible.

David sorry to hear that the HAMMER bullet mold was broken any idea as to how to contact the owner?
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Unread 04-22-2003, 02:37 PM
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Re: 22 caliber bullets

I have used the Hornady 55gr vmax -the Hornady 52grmatch-52gr Amax-68gr match-75gr match with all having devastating effect with neck and head shots!! I am particularly stuck on the 68 gr match but I have a 1/9 twist rate. If you have less twist the lighter bullets will work great. The only thing about the vmax bullets is that you cannot take a shoulder shot aiming for the bone. I have gotten a lot of friends to try the Hornady offerings and they are stuck so I would say if you try them you will like them too!!
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Unread 04-22-2003, 02:39 PM
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Re: 22 caliber bullets

Oh by the way who is going to use a tungsten core armor piercing bullet on deer??????
Did they start wearing stage 3 body armor???
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