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Old November 9, 2009, 06:40 PM   #1
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Sellier & Bellot SPCE (soft point cutting edge)

Finding factory hunting load for the 7x57 can be challenging sometimes. I should start to handloading, but I'm a hunter not a shooter and it's hard to justify the startup cost.

I tried a new load in preparation for whitetail/hog hunting. I've moved up for 140 grain soft points to 173 grain SPCE bullets from S&B.

First thing that surprised me was that I didn't have to change my scope setting for POI. Darn things hit within 1/4" of my 140grn loads. I'm also getting very good groups too; just a hair over 1"/5shots. Hot damn, I've been excited over 1.5" groups. Not bad for a full stock Ruger #1.

Oddest thing though. The bullet holes look like they were punched out with a hole punch. Cleanest edges I've ever seen; suppose from the cutting edge "collar". I wish I hadn't misplaced my camera cord.

Anyone else hunting with the SPCE bullets/loads from Sellier and Bellot? How's the bullet performance on game?
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Old November 9, 2009, 09:42 PM   #2
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I should start to handloading, but I'm a hunter not a shooter and it's hard to justify the startup cost.
It's not as far out of reach as you may think... You can certainly go bigger, but for the hunter/once-in-a-blue-moon shooter, you'd be hard pressed to find a better deal on a new kit. Just add a set of dies...

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