My Experiences with hammer bullets on game

snox801

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I think I know which YouTube that was and he is a moron. Plan and simple. We should all know by now one sample
Is to small.
Second I have taken well over 100 animals with hammer probably several hundred. Pigs, deer, sika, audad, rams, oryx, elk. Mule deer. And probably many I’ve forgot. I can say I have never seen bullets work like hammers.
I’ve chased the perfect bullet for years and hammers are the only ones that gave me performance no matter where the shot was and truly punch above the weight. Most my audad and pigs where with a 99gr out of a grendel. Most other were taken with a 124 out of a creed.
I wish I had pictures of every kill with them but it would take to long to watch.
 

Tiny Tim

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TRM: they are that expensive in the lower 48 too. I pay that much, buying directly from Hammer.
So cost is the one drawback of the Hammers.
While expensive (relatively speaking), the few shots I fire at game each year cost nothing compared to the rest of the equipment. Premium bullets, premium performance. I'm completely satisfied and happy to support a wonderful small business and businessman.
 

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Can you highlight or explain risking 181s? Why please so I can understand. A 300 RUM can shoot a much heavier bullet.
Hammer originally released the 181 HH with a recommended 1-10" twist and later revised to a 1-9.5" twist, which led to the development of the 180 HH for 1-10" twist barrels. The 300 RUM is a very fast 30 cal so it would seem to have a better chance to stabilize the 181 HHs. I ultimately just need to get a box of 181HHs and run them side by side in 30-06 and 300 RUM with 1-10" twists to see for sure.

Technically this bullet really needs a 1-9.5″ twist to be fully stable not the 1-10″ that it was previously advertised as. Those who have run this bullet well in your 1-10″ twist go ahead and continue with it. Other wise we recommend the 180g Hammer Hunter for 1-10″ twist rifles.

My opinion time: As previously mentioned, Hammers are a mono so the weight doesn't line up compared to a cup and core bullet. I would put the 181 HH is more in line with a 230 Berger, which would be fine sometimes but ultimately always marginal for 1-10" and could use the extra half inch of rate to stabilize. 245 Bergers need a 1-9" to stabilize. 1-9" is fast becoming the 30 cal standard, just like 1-8" is the current 6.5mm standard, and even that is moving to 1-7.5" or 1-7" with the 150gn+ bullets. My 300 RUM is currently a 26" 1-10" twist. and will probably be replaced with a 28" 1-9" twist when it's done.
 

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The second one looks like it was scared to death by the 300 RUM laser flashing past it.

What twist do you have? I ordered the 180 HHs because I have a 1-10", wasn't willing to risk the 181s even with the RUM speed.

My RUMs are factory Remington 700s with 1-10” twists. When I first shot the 181s, 1-10” was still the minimum recommended twist. Hammer subsequently changed it to their current recommendation. The 181s seem to shoot fine in my Remington 700 KS but I have not stretched it out to see if they remain stable at longer ranges (and that rifle is not really set up for long range).
 

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My RUMs are factory Remington 700s with 1-10” twists. When I first shot the 181s, 1-10” was still the minimum recommended twist. Hammer subsequently changed it to their current recommendation. The 181s seem to shoot fine in my Remington 700 KS but I have not stretched it out to see if they remain stable at longer ranges (and that rifle is not really set up for long range).

I've shot quite a few 181HHs in my 1-10" 30 Nosler. They group well at 400yds. The bull elk I took at 300+yds only needed one. :>)
 

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My 300 RUM is currently a 26" 1-10" twist. and will probably be replaced with a 28" 1-9" twist when it's done.
My custom RUM(one of three) is a 7 twist because I am a firm believer in bullet spin providing proper performance. This is a cow taken with a 227 HH at 987 yards slightly quartering to me.
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Don Titus

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It’s great to hear the testimonies to Hammer Bullets. I too saw the YouTube crap, you can tell after three minutes that the guy is totally biased against Hammers, so I plan to ignore him completely.

Having hunted for elk four times without getting a shot at a really nice bull, I’m betting on what Steve Davis prescribed for my new Tikka T3X (1:10) in 300 WM …the 174 HH @ 3100 pushed by 76.5 gr. H4831SC. I’ll be 80 next Sept. when I plan to hunt WY, high mountain horseback…sure hope you guys and Steve are right,
 

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Tried Hammer bullets for first time on a recent trip to Namibia. Two rifles, 6.5 PRC and 300 PRC. 6.5 loaded with 131 HH and the 300 with 214 HH (I believe). Eight of us, 4 guys and their wives took 19 plains game animals with 18 first shot kills. A zebra at 858 yards was hit first shot just behind the diaphragm. No vitals hit. Required finish shots after we tracked him down. Right after we got to him we discovered the scope base had become loose on the 300.
Needless to say, we will not be hunting with anything but Hammer Bullets.
 

ButterBean

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Tried Hammer bullets for first time on a recent trip to Namibia. Two rifles, 6.5 PRC and 300 PRC. 6.5 loaded with 131 HH and the 300 with 214 HH (I believe). Eight of us, 4 guys and their wives took 19 plains game animals with 18 first shot kills. A zebra at 858 yards was hit first shot just behind the diaphragm. No vitals hit. Required finish shots after we tracked him down. Right after we got to him we discovered the scope base had become loose on the 300.
Needless to say, we will not be hunting with anything but Hammer Bullets.
Hammers are a complete game changer, Congrats
 

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How do the Shock Hammers or Hammer Hunters handle high velocity impacts. Impacts at 3200+ fps (impact velocity, not muzzle).
 

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