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Discussion in 'Reloading' started by tjr, Jul 7, 2012.
Does any body have pet loads for this bullet? Wanted to try them for deer in Utah this year.
I load this bullet for two of my grandsons and they have taken two deer with the load. The load is Lapua cases, 44 grains of RL-17 powder, Fed 210 primers.
Last Nov one of my grandsons shot a deer at about 50 yards with a high shoulder shot and the deer did not move from the spot that it was hit. The bullet exited the deer leaving a great deal of damage.
I use 45.5 grains of H4350, Rem cases, CCI #200 primers, and 80 grain ttsx. Average velocity in my 24" rem 700 is around 3400. I shot a whitetail doe a couple of years ago at 432 yards, the shot was a double lung through the ribs no large bones hit and the wound looked much like what I've seen from a 30-06 at 100 yards.
I also shoot H4350 behind the 80gr TTSX. I have not used it long range so I am not worried about the velocity as much. At 45 grains I was getting 3268 velocity.
Last year I was using 44.0 gr with 0.5" groups. This year I dropped to 43.5 gr and the group with a flier was 0.5". I am loading them 0.05 off the lands after playing with them over the last year. I have not been checking velocity over these lighter loads. Now that I found a happier OAL I may work back up at some point.
Bullet performance has been awesome. Even double lungs open very rapidly and vaporize the lungs. One day I am going to shoot a hog from end to end just so I can try to recover one of these little pills.
I've recovered a 30 cal. 150 grain ttsx from a whitetail that was shot end to end, it entered through the brisket and stopped on the right femur. The bullet looked just like Barnes' advertisments and performed perfectly. I would think the 80 grain 243 performs flawlessly as well although I have never recovered one yet.
shot 3 whitetails with this bullet. all 3 dropped like a rock. shooting 45 grains R-19 in a ruger american. getting 3200 fps and 1 inch at 200 yards.
45.5 grains of H4350
80 gr ttsx
This load gives me 3415 fps avg in a 26" barrel
I worked up to 46 grains and got 3450-3475, but backed off a half grain as accuracy was better and I figured 3400 was plenty.
It has worked very well for me on hogs.