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Henson Aluminum Tipped Bullet Testing

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Unread 04-16-2009, 08:32 PM
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Re: Henson Aluminum Tipped Bullet Testing

Guys, and that is plural, try and keep it civil and to the original subject of this thread. If you have some data available or a different/better way to do something then argue/debate but don't hijack the thread and turn it into personal attacks.

If what you have is so important to say, and you have so much data to share, then start your own thread but let this one run it's course as originally intended. Data is good for all of us but personal finger pointing gets us nowhere.

Unread 04-16-2009, 08:40 PM
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Unread 04-17-2009, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Lightvarmint View Post

Of course Berger has not answered any calibration questions and they are advertising the use of a hobby lathe with un-published runout to take readings along the axis of the lathe and without properly ground centering collets... For you the machinist, how can you hold a projectile that has a pressure ring slightly larger than the shank diameter perfectly straight in a chuck without deforming the specimen and not be using a properly ground centering collet to accept the pressure ring diameter?

That is not accurate whatsoever unless the instruments are calibrated and the lathe is properly aligned..... You know that better than anyone here.... Lots of error there.... But then again it may not affect results..... However, it is error.

Lightvarmint, here I am intrigued by your product, and I come away from almost every post of yours shaking my head!

You attack the testing based on the fixture certification!

The Bryan was using the lathe to get dimensions that he showed to 0.001 inch!
For this test the part does not even need to be in "perfect" alignment! Rotating the bullet and taking several measurements at the same location will yield sufficient results for an accuracy of 0.001

I did not read that he rotated the bullet and found it to wobble, he listed his dimensions and you did not dispute a single one, so most of your complaint is specious.

IMO, it is this type of argument that you continually make that makes you sound so defensive all of the time.
IMO, let Bryan do his testing, and if he comes up with something that you disagree with then post ONLY the part that you don't agree with and show why.
You are basically saying you don't like the car he drives when talking physics...just apples and oranges!


As a note to Bryan, if roundness or profile are more important as Lightvarmint seems to allude to I will be happy to measure one on a Federal Formscan for you....we do cutoff our readings at 10 millionths of an inch so that may not satisfy Lightvarmint, however I do have the certifications

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Unread 04-17-2009, 08:49 AM
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Re: Henson Aluminum Tipped Bullet Testing

I do have a thought that may or may not make sense, and I would like to throw it out to those more knowledgable with Nightforce scopes.

If what i hear is true about the rock solid workings of the NightForce scopes wouldn't it be possible to fire your group at 928 yards, estimate your MOA drop using the reticle, then spin the knobs up 10.4 MOA ( MOA Average ) and fire another group.

Now your estimated measurement should be near zero!

Just a thought.

Unread 04-17-2009, 10:15 AM
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Hello guys,

Since yesterday morning, I have not been back to the site. I have not read any comments or responses posted after my comments and responses of yesterday.... However I do have a few announcements that should interest those who are routinely reading this thread.

--First, I think that we have pointed out the flaws in the evaluation process, the premature conclusions and the published report (up to this time). RG understands that our measuring limitations are 25-millionths of an inch. If someone (unbiased person) could conduct measurements more accurately feel free to do so and properly amend the report that included the crude measurements and procedures by uncalibrated instruments that could not indicate to the necessary number of significant digits.

--We will refrain from further commenting and/or responding until the last bullet is fired and the final keystroke is completed by Byan (Berger) and/or Noel. We will then provide a field report that uses the information that Bryan (Berger) publishes and apply it to actual field conditions. You see, we understand that Bryan (Berger) cannot fully develop tack-driving loads and shoot enough projectiles to have an "accurate" assessment of the performance with the limited number of bullets he has.... So, we will help with the application of his conclusion(s) by using loads that are on good days less than .2 moa and .3 moa on the worst days that we shoot.

--We feel that all the germane information that one needs for direct product comparisons by an end user was provided way before page (whatever page number this winds up being assigned to). Personally, I think page one was about all that is needed to come to a conclusion for hunting applications at the ranges where the average shooter on this website limits himself.

--There is a line that goes something like this "me thinks you protest too loudly". This is certainly the case as of today. Based on the esteemed ballisticians (Bryan Litz (Berger) and Noel Carlson) protests about this product (which defy the actual field testing that end users have accomplished and reported), have attracted the attention of a multi-national company in Europe who has entered into fast track negotiations with RG Henson for rights of importation into the European Union. One of the things that we came up with to support this European company is the ".338 test pack" which contain any number or combination of bullets.

--Any customer or interested individual could purchase a .338 "test pack" which includes 265s, 280s and 300 grain projectiles for use in their own testing, in their own guns, under their conditions and to ultimately evaluate which is better suited for their barrel, cartridge and firearm needs...

We think it is a good idea and RG will be offering it to USA customers as well. If you are interested, contact him at:

Again, as previously stated, since we feel all pertinent data for a reasonable product evaluation for the 265 grain HATS by an end user is already available on the thread, we will not be posting on this thread again in response to questions or posts until Bryan (Berger) and Noel have completed their final key strokes on the report. Once that is accomplished, we will publish the field data that we get using their final conclusions.... After all the thread is not about Berger's tests, it is about my testing results.

Again with an update, Berger has refused to respond and RECIPROCATE RG Henson's willingness to provide projectiles for testing.... This seems as an indication to me that they do not want their products tested side by side the HATS. Anyway, for the life of me, I cannot understand why they are not cooperating........

If you have any questions for me, please feel free to contact me at

Since RG is now so busy, I will speak for him.... RG would like to thank everyone for the kind words and encouragement and he would also like to thank both Bryan (Berger) and Noel for their methods of attracting the interest of the Finnish company.....

I suspect New Zealand, Australia and Canada will be forthcoming shortly...

REMEMBER, the only bullet company that stands behind their products by offering refunds to those that cannot get them to work in their equipment is RG Henson bulletsmith of the HATS.

As for me, I also appreciate ALL the product interest, encouragement and kind words...... Don't be a stranger and please feel free to contact me via email with any question that you may have.... If I don't know the answer, I will get it for you!

On a last note, one of our new customers (Rocco) has been tuning his gun at 565 yards and he is getting 1.5" groups with the HATS..... Great shooting Rocco keep it up. The animals are in trouble now!

Unread 04-17-2009, 10:48 AM
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I do not think anyone will contest these bullets abilities to shoot little groups. If they do, then those biases that some perceive are really real. I wish I could afford to use these things in f-class matches, especially the .30 180gr. If they want to challange that they shoot I have a gun and am willing to travel. I am outta my depth with all this science stuff, but can measure groups well enough
I have not seen any data thus far produced that makes me want to find another source, only confirmation that the HATs are good bullets.

I think some of the guys just have a problem with your syrupy sweet demeanor. Face it dude some times your abrasive, but you also have a hell of a thick hide. I guess it all evens out. I am getting used to it I guess since I just gave up sending you snide retorts.

BTW thanks for letting me know about these bullets, and thanks to RG for building them. No matter the BC derived from any testing what counts is what gets you on target. They shoot as well any bullet I have ever used and they kill stuff. The price is the limiting factor for me or I would shoot more of them. I guess I will just save them for hunting season.

Hopefully, time allowing, I am going to chamber up a .30 cal 8 twist kreiger in 30-338AI this weekend to shoot some of the 220s. I will probably not post my results but will send them to you or anyone who is interested.

I am waiting on Bryan's results also. I have not seen any posts from him and wonder if he is scratching his head wondering why the BCs are not as modeled I beleive that Bryan is going to be as fair as his position will allow. From all I have seen or heard he is one of the good guys.

I am not much of a politician and do not understand forum politics. Looking back on the situation and some of the posts here I realize I should have probably just hoarded the bullets and kept my mouth shut. Kirby made me realize this with his post.
I admit that I know just enough to be dangerous.....but dangerous at ever extending distances.
Unread 04-17-2009, 11:46 AM
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In order to regain some pespective here, you should know that I have no problem signing off on the basic content of your comments.

I believe you contributed significantly to the usefulness of this thread by making projectiles available for evaluation.

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