Hello interested shooters,
This evening we had another successful test of the 265gr Gen II HATS. This time it was shot at an exact same distance that we had previously tested the 300gr SMK. The distance is exactly 602 yards.
Last year the 300gr SMK blew up on exit as indicated by shrapnel in the hide on the exit side of the animal.
Shooting stick information:
Hall Express .338 Lapua Improved (my design), 30" Hart fluted barrel with 1-10" twist, 107gr Retumbo, 7 foot drop tube (my design), Federal 215, Jewell Trigger, Nightforce 12-42x56, Kelbly rings and bases, McMillan McHale stock, Barrelled by Carolina Precision Rifles (John Lewis) and of course the .338 265gr Henson Aluminum tipped bullets by Mr RG Henson.
Today at 1710, the 265gr HAT exited the animal without fragmentation (no evidence of shrapnel on or in the hide) and blew material with hydraulic force much further (more than 8 feet) than the 300gr SMK did last year. Additionally, the wound is much more impressive with the HAT than with the 300gr SMK at the exact same distance............. Even better, the HAT has 8.4" less drop at 602 yards as compared to the 300gr SMK (as indicated on the drop test earlier in the week and the point of impact this evening). With a 400 yard zero, the HATS drop at 602 is -3.5 moa (as per the impact tonight and the drop test earlier in the week) and the 300gr SMK drop at the same distance with a 400 yd zero is -4.9 moa.
So, since the 300 grain SMK has been held as the standard and the 265 grain HATS greatly surpassed the standard both tonight on impact and earlier in the week during drop testing, we consider the .338 265gr Gen II HAT fully tested since it beat the standard significantly in side by side testing at the exact same distance and shot aspect/angles.
Finally, I took some photos of the exit wound and sent them to the bulletsmith and you can get copies from him via email.
We will be testing the .30 caliber 210s Gen IIs and 220 Gen IIs next on animals launched from a 30/378 and hopefully the 180gr .30 caliber bullets launched from the 308 Wichita Silhouette Pistol. As soon as we have some data, we will post the results.
As before if you have testing questions, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
and if you have order questions, contact the bulletsmith at Bullett33@hotmail.com
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.