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Old March 10, 2012, 09:13 PM   #1
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3 new loads

Well, did some testing. I used R-P brass trimmed at 1.280", a CCI 350 primer, a Hornady 200 gr XTP, and 3 different powders. I crimped the bullets about a 1/4 turn past touching the case mouth. These are deer hunting rounds. W296 has always been my go to powder for a full house rounds but, I am thinking Accurate no. 5 would make a nice practice round. Can I get some comments on what I have?
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Old March 12, 2012, 12:51 AM   #2
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I like the 296 round. What did you shoot these out of?
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Old March 12, 2012, 11:09 AM   #3
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I know the pictures are fuzzy and as a result the data is hard to read. I shot all the targets off a solid rest using my S&W 629 Classic 44 mag. As you can see, I have mounted an Eotech holographic on the gun which does a real nice job out to 100 yards. I've shot better and I've shot worse. I think I really like the AA No. 5 for a target/practice round seeing as I can load it at about half the grain weight as IMR4227......nice cost savings. Here are the numbers.....I know they are hard to read.

W296- 28.5grs= A-1601 ft/sec SD-22
IMR4227- 26.9grs= A-1449 ft/sec SD-33
AA No. 5- 15.9grs= A-1450 SD-24
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Old March 12, 2012, 12:44 PM   #4
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That 296 load is very similar to one of my own which I call the "Forcing Cone Eroder Extraordinaire", or "Shock and Awe". 296 and light for caliber bullets are a combination that I'm not very fond of. Sure, it makes for great velocity, but it throws a huge flame and muzzle blast.

Any reason you prefer the 200 grain bullets over 240 grains? A very classic deer load is 23 to 24 grains of 296 with almost any 240 grain JHP.
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Old March 12, 2012, 03:30 PM   #5
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I have found that using a Sierra 210 gr JHC gives me a flatter tradjectory than the 240 grainers when shooting out to 100 yards. I get about 2 inches of bullet drop versus 6" when using the heavier bullets.

In the past, I have always been a believer in practicing with what you're going to hunt with. If I am shooting a bow, I'm shooting broadheads. If I'm shooting rifle, it's hunting bullets not match grade. However, when it comes to my revolver I know that W296 and Lil Gun have that whole top strap and forcing cone erosion thing. I try to save those big dogs for the field. I shot 6 of the "Shock and Awe" loads to see what kind of group I could get with the Hornady bullets.
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