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Old October 14, 2012, 10:41 PM   #51
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Thanks, hooligan.
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As mentioned before, this is the bullet that was recovered in the neck.

The bullet expanded to 0.699" by 0.634" and had a recovered weight of 181.6 grains.
That's 154% expansion (average of the two measurements) and weight retention of 66%.
Those figures are better than some "premium" bullets like the Nosler Accubond.

(Recovered weight includes a 5.4 grain piece of lead that was broken off while being passed around the camp fire. Photographed weight is 176.2 gr.)





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Old October 14, 2012, 10:46 PM   #52
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And, a photo of the homely test bed for most of these experiments and the fruit of my labors.... still barely showing a sixth point on the right side, and only the shadow of the hidden main beam on the left side.

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Old October 16, 2012, 10:38 AM   #53
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I'll be over for "backstraps" after I get my lawn mowed, and some firewood split.
Seriously I would like to squeeze a few of those dudes off into an elk.
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Old October 16, 2012, 12:45 PM   #54
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They worked well.
It was very nice to see.
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Old October 16, 2012, 12:59 PM   #55
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Damn Grandstander....


Pretty awesome!
The feeling...it's got to be tremendous.

Pretty outrageous trophy, too.
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Old October 19, 2013, 12:51 AM   #56
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I haven't done anything further with this bullet, in the way of testing, hunting, or R&D, since my last updates.

However, I figured I'd add a video of a water jug test done by "mt sourdough" on the Marlin Owners forums.

275 gr Bonded version, at 2160 fps.
mt sourdough noted: "It is possible that this is the hardest hitting 44 cal bullet that I have tested in this weight range." (He has tested over 80 bullets in .444 Marlin, with the majority in the 250-300 gr weight range.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIWmMt7685s

It doesn't penetrate quite as far as some of the competition (by a jug, or so), but it hits hard.



If you like cast bullets....
At the opposite end of the spectrum, is a video you may find interesting, if you've seen anything about the 427 gr bore-rider bullet I designed for my .444 Marlin. It is the best-penetrating bullet he has ever tested.
427 gr Bore-rider @ 18 BHN
1470 fps
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jwjVxIJV-s
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