143 ELD-X 1000 yards

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  1. Shawn.N.S.

    Shawn.N.S. Member

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    So a while back I was messing around with my deer hunting load shooting it at distances I hadn't shot before, I hadn't shot that load past 700 yards. And it wasn't until recently I went out and grabbed my gong stand that I usually leave out on the range, this gong lives at 1026 yards from my shooting position. And I found that I had hit the cross bar that holds the target, penetrated the front side and almost left the back, I dumped out the parts of the bullet that were trapped in the bar (the picture only has the larger pieces), and was surprised it appears as though the bullet expanded, I don't know if that is to be expected when hitting a small steel bar, at 1000 yards, but I was surprised. The bar is 0.65" wall and my load is 6.5 Creedmoor: 42.0gr RL16, Federal 210 Match Primer, Hornady 143 ELD-X, in Nosler Brass, MV 2850. I found it interesting thought I might as well share. IMG_20190331_111746.jpg IMG_20190331_111800.jpg IMG_20190331_112206.jpg IMG_20190331_112233.jpg
     
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  2. elkaholic

    elkaholic Official LRH Sponsor

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    Heck ya it should expand! They will expand on a lot softer material at down to 1300 FPS in my tests
     
  3. Shawn.N.S.

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    I just expected more of an explosion with more dust left than fragments i think it was about 1700 FPS on impact.
     
  4. elkaholic

    elkaholic Official LRH Sponsor

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    That's probably fairly normal at 1700. I thought you meant you were surprised it expanded at all:D
    My bad!
     
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