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.
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