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Henson Aluminum Tipped Bullet Meat Test

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Unread 11-02-2008, 08:39 AM
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Henson Aluminum Tipped Bullet Meat Test

Here are the results of our long-awaited 180 grain bullet meat test and to say the least, they performed superbly. One shot, one kill and a bang-flop with great bullet performance.

Game- Whitetail deer (doe)

Gun info- Factory Remington Sendero Special 24" 300 Win Mag 10" twist with H1000 powder 180gr at 2950 fps.

Range- 405 yards

Shot placement- just above the shoulder, but beneath the spine (muscle area only).

Results- Bang-flop as the deer flipped and then landed on it's back and never took any steps. Complete penetration through the 7" wound channel are and exit without blowup. Bullet stayed together (except for the aluminum tip), mushroomed and made a complete exit.

Wound channel- Greater than 2" in diameter (measured by putting finger in the wound and then identifying the wound boundaries) and the exit hole in the hide was 1.25 inches in diameter due to spring-back of the hide from stretching during the bullet exit. The terminal performance, wound channel and bullet exit wound resembled what I have seen out of the Accubonds that I have been using for years. Based on the better BC and quality control over factory bullets (as well as some custom ones), these will be the ones that I use in this gun as long as I have it.

Notes from the tester:

The rifle is a very much used gun that I bought to used to put into service as a truck gun to shoot varmints and hogs when traveling around our 5000 acres of property. Since it was the only factory gun that I have, we used it for the 180gr HAT testing. It had not been yielding very satisfactory results when working up loads last year with Sciroccos and Accubonds and I bought several replacement barrels to have fitted this winter. But, since it shoots the HAT bullets so well (like laser beams), I will leave the current barrel on it. The HAT bullets grouped 1.5" at 400 yards out of this well-used factory Sendero Special and that is much better than the Accubonds or the Scirocco models. FWIW, these bullets seem to be less sensitive to wind direction switches as well. During the tuning, no more than .75" drift during the shooting sessions when ignoring the wind direction and speed. I consider this an added benefit since some of the deer hunts occur in windy conditions.

Finally, these are not cheap bullets. However, you get no culls to throw away. When you factor in the culls you get with other brands and with the increase in ballistical performace of the HATS, they are a very cost effective and sensible bullet choice.

We will be perfoming "meat tests" using the .30 (210 and 220 grainers) as well as the .338 (265 and 280 grainers). Those results will be posted when they occur.

If you have questions about the meat test, just email me at lightvarmint@aol.com or if you have bullet order/availability questions, contact the bulletsmith at bullett33@hotmail.com.

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Lightvarmint
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    Re: Henson Aluminum Tipped Bullet Meat Test

    lv:

    Are these the old or the new Hat bullets?

    Do the new Hats have a higher BC?

    If these are the old, when will the new be avaliable?

    Thank you

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    Re: Henson Aluminum Tipped Bullet Meat Test

    Could you post pictures of the wound channel by chance?

    Thank you,

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    Re: Henson Aluminum Tipped Bullet Meat Test

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    lv:

    Are these the old or the new Hat bullets?

    Do the new Hats have a higher BC?

    If these are the old, when will the new be avaliable?

    Thank you
    The current 180gr .308 caliber has a BC north of .711. This is the only 180gr .308 caliber configuration that is on the drawing board and it is the only option offered for 10" twist barrels. This bullet was made for the guys shooting factory chamberings with standard factory twists. The 10" barrel twists really limit the creativity of possible bullet designs.

    The .308 210s and the 220s are for the guys with the faster twist barrels.

    On the photos, I saw no need for them. Based on inspection, it was basically a perfect cone starting on one side and continuing (expanding) until the exit of the animal. If I had found the bullet, I would have gotten a picture of that but it was not an option since it continued down range.

    Anyway, the HATS shoot well and perform well on game and that was the intention of Mr Henson when he designed them. All of his current designs are expanding bullets designed for taking game.

    More reports to follow when the meat testing is accomplished.

    Lightvarmint
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    Re: Henson Aluminum Tipped Bullet Meat Test

    OK , so where do I find some to try?
    Is 180gr the lightest they make , I'l like to try these out of my new 308 with 1-10 Broughton , as soon as its finished.
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    Re: Henson Aluminum Tipped Bullet Meat Test

    James I have an assortment of these bullets ordered. I will let you know when they arrive. I ordered them in July, do not know what his lead time is.

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    OK , so where do I find some to try?
    Is 180gr the lightest they make , I'l like to try these out of my new 308 with 1-10 Broughton , as soon as its finished.
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    Re: Henson Aluminum Tipped Bullet Meat Test

    Can you post the BC of the 3 bullets and the cost of them.

    I have a 300 Wby and 30-378 that might like them.

    Thanks,
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