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Old April 19, 2017, 01:16 PM   #1
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Privi Partisan Soft Point Rifle Ammunition

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What is the consensus on Privi Partisan soft point ammo for hunting?

I was wondering if Privi Partisan soft points performed reasonably or were rubbish for bringing down deer/hog sized game.

I don't expect monometal or bonded SP performance, but merely old school cup & core SP.
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Old April 19, 2017, 02:04 PM   #2
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Should work just fine. I guess the real question is what are you shooting that Privi seems to be your option?
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Old April 19, 2017, 02:30 PM   #3
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Last time I used that was I think in 303brit. Was several years ago, details are sketchy. Seemed like it worked like any soft point.
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Old April 19, 2017, 02:48 PM   #4
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Blindstitch:

Lemme see...

Yugo M48 Mauser in 8x57
Turk Mauser in 8x57
Swiss Schmidt-Rubin in 7.5Swiss
Swede M96/38 Mauser in 6.5x55

The last I can get good hunting ammo several places. 8x57 and 7.5Swiss, not so much. The domestic 8x57 is weak tea.

Looking to take deer or feral hogs at moderate ranges.

My main worry was that the SP in PPU would not open up. Sounds like that is no worry.
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Old April 19, 2017, 06:00 PM   #5
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The Privi Partisan 286 grain 9.3X62mm soft point load drops big hogs in their tracks.
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Old April 19, 2017, 06:54 PM   #6
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thallub, are those 9.3 rounds holding together well, or do they fragment?
Have you hit bone with any?
Details man......detail!
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Old April 19, 2017, 07:44 PM   #7
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Their 303 British 150 gr SPBT does the trick. Accurate and seems fairly stout.

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Old April 19, 2017, 10:12 PM   #8
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PPU is my go to "off season" ammo

I use it in 243, 7mm08 and 308 for hogs and varmits.

Work just fine on those for me.

It does shoot a little dirty, and I havent tried any long range accuracy test on it, but it does ok grouping at 100 yards.
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Old April 19, 2017, 10:45 PM   #9
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I know this is rifle ammo, but I've seen enough evidence that PPU JHP pistol ammo won't expand for anything. Thus, I don't trust PPU to expand at all even if it were soft points in a rifle cartridge.

Personally, I see PPU as a nice, accurate factory loaded range ammo and also offers factory ammo for really unpopular or uncommon cartridges.
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Old April 20, 2017, 08:38 PM   #10
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Details man......detail!
The 286 grain 9.3X62mm bullets go through both shoulders of 300 pound hogs leaving big exit holes.
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Old April 21, 2017, 09:54 AM   #11
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At 300 pounds, I'd assume it's doing well. Did you hit the bones?
Also when you butchered, was there many copper or lead fragments to clean up?

Most of the 9.3s have muzzle velocities of 2450 and less with 286 grain bullets, and impact velocities are going to be lower the farther away the game animal is. At lower speeds the fragmenting effect is usually going to be less but not all bullets are made equal.

For example, the Speer 270 grain bullets are very very poor. Super accurate, but I have now killed 12 deer and antelope with them and the failures are impossible to miss. Hits have been from 25 yards out to 375 yards.
Here is the worst one of them all. This is all that was left of one when I hit a very small whitetail buck in the spine (shooting down a steep hill at about 60 yards) and the bullet would was less then 5 inches deep.



Speer advertises this bullet as suitable for large and dangerous game.
I think such an advertisement is criminal. This is the kind of bullet that causes horror stories against dangerous animals.
I am hoping PPU is doing a lot better job with their 9.3MM Bullet

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Old April 22, 2017, 08:31 AM   #12
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Did you hit the bones?
Yes, every time i've shot a hog.

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Also when you butchered, was there many copper or lead fragments to clean up?
Never butchered one: i have field dressed and skinned a couple. Have also taken the back straps and hams off several. Never found any fragments.
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Old April 22, 2017, 09:11 AM   #13
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I was just about to test some 9.3 Speer 270s. Guess I'll keep 'em on the range!
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Old April 22, 2017, 11:36 AM   #14
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I've shot a decent amount through my .270.

Bought it for the brass mostly, cause it was cheaper to buy their loaded ammo than empty new brass, and it's pretty good brass.

Shot well for me, and I'd have no reservations about using it again. I've also shot some in my .22 Hornet with no issues.
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Old April 22, 2017, 08:44 PM   #15
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Thanks Thallub.
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Old April 23, 2017, 06:26 PM   #16
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Old April 24, 2017, 01:08 PM   #17
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You can also get PPU SPRN in 7.62x39. Just bought some, but I haven't tried it yet.

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Old April 24, 2017, 02:13 PM   #18
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Hdonly:

That is the fattest & roundest soft point I have ever seen on a 7.62x39.
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Old April 24, 2017, 05:30 PM   #19
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I load 150 gr Remington RNCL in mine. Had to go to Speer because I can't get Remingtons.
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Old April 24, 2017, 06:26 PM   #20
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Yeah, I have not been able to get the Remington bullets I used to get either. I think Remington is REALLY missing the boat in not supplying the reloaders with their full line. They have been in troubles lately with law suits over triggers, and I would have guessed that making up some cash with the full line of bullets would be a wise business move.

But in the last 50 years or so, Remington seems to run from wisdom like it was a bob cat and they were mice.
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Old April 25, 2017, 06:25 AM   #21
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Last year, my daughter hunted with this ammo loaded into her .243 rifle. A six point buck presented a shot at about 80 yards or so and her bullet did the rest. The buck bounded away at the shot but toppled in mid-stride after a run about the length of a school bus. This ammo is a keeper!

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Old April 26, 2017, 10:32 PM   #22
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cases

I bought a small lot (100 rds or so) of 7.62x54r/150gr Privi for a PSL, and from my rifle, the ammo would not group satisfactorily. I ended up pulling the slugs, dumping the powder, and using the cases and projectiles in my reloads.

My results, with my rifle.......others may do better.
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Old April 30, 2017, 02:28 PM   #23
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The real challenge, for me, is finding a factory load
which shoots better than PPU. YMMV.
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Old April 30, 2017, 02:55 PM   #24
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Danoobie, I agree about the PPU ammo. I have fired just about every thing through most of my rifles. PPU shoots good through my Mod94, AR15, SKS, and my 1891 Argentine. It is probably one of the most consistent brands I have found.
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Old April 30, 2017, 05:48 PM   #25
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The only gripe I've had with PPU was with the .30-30, for whatever reason, they get sticky on ejection with my Winchester 94. Every other PPU round I've tried does great.
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