I'm going to reserve my judgement of this bullet. Maybe it does have a design flaw. But a potentially unstable bullet into dry newspaper sounds like a recipe for turning a long bullet sideways. It's very difficult to penetrate dry newspaper. It's not "solid" like any kind of flesh, bone, or bodily fluid is to someting moving at 1800fps. Dry loose newspaper, even packed tight, moves too easily forward with the bullet. Dry phone books would be better because they are closer to being noncompressible like an animal. Wet phone books would be better yet. I'm just not going to use this as a basis for selecting my hunting bullets.
An animal tissue & muscle is not considered as non compressable, infact the tissue and muscle ar a soft solid and dry news print nor dry phine books simulate tissue/muscle very well as their are no hydrolics. When compairing the Henson bullet to the SMK in the same medium I believe that certain conclusions an be drawn.
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Water is very much noncompressible. An animal is mostly water. I don't see dry newspaper as being anything like an animal. Not trying to be a horses behind here. Guess we can all conclude whatever we want.
Phone books and flesh are definitely different. A few weeks ago I saw pics of a test comaparing 30 cal E-Tips, BT's and TSX's. They were 150 gr. They were shot into a mixture of wet and dry phonebooks @ 3150 fps to check performance. The BT penetrated 10", the E-Tip penetrated 11" and the TSX penetrated 15".
I have never shot TSX'x before, but I know they will penetrate flesh a lot more than 15" @ 3100 fps. I wouldn't be surprized if a TSX @ 3150 fps would pass clean through 2 elk side by side.
True. If Mr. Henson wants to send me a few more bullets, I would sacrifice a few more rounds of barrel life to shoot them again at a higher MV. But I don't think the test would be too valid if I went much over 2500 or 2600 fps.
I fully expect a real life, field test using normal muzzle velocities soon. When this happens, I will post the entrance and exit photos and then we can compare them to the dry newspapers and the wooden test media...
I agree with your assement of the TSX and it's penetration in paper vs flesh. I also think that the Henson 280 at 1900 fps at full rpm would either pencil thru two elk or expand and flatten the first one. I think one of those is more likely than tumbling as it did in dry newspaper. I guess we'll find out come hunting season which is the case. If it won't expand at 1900 fps, it won't work for me.