Another Hammer Bullet Success Story

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by dougduey, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. dougduey

    dougduey Well-Known Member

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    50BC75B5-5B48-4F9A-82D4-386419824AB6.jpeg 0816D707-BE9B-41F8-8B74-5D33BDCFF648.jpeg 43434CD2-5DE4-4479-8CEC-6AB33FD39492.jpeg 021022D8-84BF-448E-939B-E2A93E2C80FE.jpeg I just returned from mountain goat hunting on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Before the trip, I had a conversation with the outfitter in which caliber I should bring. He told me to bring the largest caliber I felt comfortable with and that no caliber is too big since the goats are really strong and suck up lead like it’s nothing. So, I brought my 338 Lapua using the 213 gr Hammer Hunter bullet at 3205 fps. On our third day, we found the goats just the other side of the mountain from base camp. We snuck up to the top of the saddle and could see them very easily. There was a group of 8. My guide picked out the best Billy, which was a nice mature one and had horns looking to be about 9” (which ended up being a very accurate estimate). Ranged him at 218 yards. He was laying down, and his front leg was positioned in a way that had the entire front shoulder covering the vitals. After a quick conversation with my guide about shooting him through the shoulder and my confidence in bullet performance, he gave me the green light. BANG!! I racked another round. The goat stood up after impact and turned facing downhill. Just as I lined up for a follow up shot, he fell over and slid about 15 yards down the mountain. Luckily, he came to rest on a little bench the mountain goats use.
    We caped the entire carcass and butchered him up right there using the gutless method. A nice sized entry wound through the front shoulder and a little smaller exit wound just posterior to the rear shoulder blade. Even though we didn’t open him up, you could tell the vitals were liquified by the sloshing noice it made every time you moved the carcass.
    The easiest part of the entire hunt was the actual hunting. Getting in and out of there was brutal. 7 hour hike into base camp, through high winds and driving rain and almost all uphill. The trails were treacherous in a lot of spots, too. My body still hates me right now. Thank god ive got 2 more days to recover before I go back to work
    I shoot Hammer bullets in 5 out of 6 of my rifles. Now that Steve developed a bullet for my factory twist .243, I’ll be doing load development for it soon.
    I love these bullets and can’t say enough good things about Steve and his product
     
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  2. Wysongdog

    Wysongdog Well-Known Member

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    I'm getting ready to send my 28 nosler and 300wsm to him for my Africa trip in may. All I've heard is positive on Steve's bullets and he's extremely good to talk to and visit with. I've been talking to him for quite some time. Just need to bite the bullet and do it
     
  3. RockyMtnMT

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    Way to go Doug! I am pretty sure that is the 1st goat to get Hammered! What a great trophy. What are you going to do with him?

    I think we have almost everything on the North American Continent now. Still looking for Griz, Polar bear, Stone sheep. I think that is all that is left that I know of.

    Steve
     
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  4. TXAoudadKlr

    TXAoudadKlr Well-Known Member

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    I can’t wait to send the 181’s 3500+ fps. I’m rather excited to try them out!
     
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  5. RockyMtnMT

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    Fast accurate rifles are the most interesting. A rifle like yours running the 181's like you will is a combo that is unrivaled to very long range.

    Steve
     
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    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

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    What cartridge can launch a 181 HH at 3,500 ft/sec?? 30-378?
     
  7. RockyMtnMT

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    30-338 Lapua imp. About 104g of rl33.

    Steve
     
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  8. JJMoody

    JJMoody Well-Known Member

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    Getting addicted to speed!... um....a good kind...
     
  9. hwy1strat

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    Congrats on the kill!