Originally Posted by Varminator 911
You mentioned recently that some longer dies were in or coming soon. Does that mean even higher BC bullets might be coming? One reason I ask is that Wildcat had some experimental Al tipped 338 that Kirby has highlighted. He spoke of a 265-266 that was 1.92 iches long with 0.96 bc and a 311 that was over 2.25 inches!!!, no bc mentioned. These bullets are considerably longer and more aggressive than Henson's current 338. Kirby said they shot very well. I'm sure your man could do the same, but does he plan anything in that direction?
I don't doubt the accuracy but would hope to hear others report on that soon. For me all that leaves is on game performance. Seems that one could get whatever they need there by going dual core if needed.
For some there is the cost factor. Which isn't a big consideration for me since I'll never be shooting hundreds per day. But just for information purposes could you give us an idea of cost. Doing it here might save Henson answering a few emails. If you'd rather not, I'll send him a note.
Yes, longer bullets will be available in the future. The sky is basically the limit...... Longer tips can be manufactured and longer dies can be utilized for both longer aluminum and copper components. You can displace lead with aluminum and make very long lightweight bullets. All of these tweeks are feasible to make, but, we are at the mercy of the barrel makers with respect to twist rates. Increasing the bearing length and OAL requires more twist when you reach a threshold limit. Longer bearing surfaces are more restrictive in pressure as well. There is no reason to manufacture longer bullets that will not stabilize in the available .338 barrel twists.
Remember, Mr Henson's operation is on the ground floor in the aluminum tipped bullet world and the consumer demands will ultimately drive the bullet sizes and weights that are different from the current 265 and 280 offerings.
On the Wildcat bullets, I have not seen any. But, a .96 BC in a 265 grain .338 sounds as though it is not a sea level BC. It sounds more like a higher elevation BC that is not corrected for elevation. However, if he has a .96 sea level BC aluminum tipped bullet that performs well on game and in flight, then that is a good product.