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Old April 17, 2000, 08:08 PM   #1
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Can anyone help me with some of your pet loads using this bullet
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Old April 17, 2000, 10:05 PM   #2
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I haven't tried the 35gr VMax yet but I have been shooting groundhogs using the 40gr VMax in my Ruger Hornet. So far results have been very impressive out to 200 yds.

I am using WW brass, WW small rifle primers and 12 grains of Hodgeson Lil-Gun. I've only had it to the range once for a load test and this combination gave me a 4 shot group of .52" with the 5th shot opening up to 1". I need to do some more range work but this load shows great promise and has been giving me clean, 1 shot kills out to 200 yds.

When testing this powder I loaded up to 13 grains. There were no signs of excessive pressure at all. The man that I got the load info from is getting his best results with 13.2 grains of Lil-Gun. He is claiming no signs of pressure and 3000 fps from his Ruger. I havn't chronographed mine yet.

I'd try some Lil-Gun if I were you. Start at about 11.5 to 12 grains and work your way up from there. Good luck and good shooting! Let us know how you do.
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Old April 19, 2000, 09:26 AM   #3
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When Hornady first came out with their VMAX 35 grain bullet, I phoned them and they mailed me sheets of reloading data on the Hornet and .223 Remmington.
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