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#187246 - 12/09/17 03:09 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: tradmark]
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First change I get to ground check a boar I will also do some post mortem testing followed by a detailed and photographed autopsy.
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#188177 - 01/02/18 09:10 AM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: Handgun400]
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Just my $0.02, but I have never had good luck with the XTP-MAG bullets. The regular XTP bullets have worked consistently well for me in dropping white tail deer. However, the XTP-MAG bullets have consistently failed when shot from my 454 Casull, first they don't group well out of my gun and second every bullet that I managed to recover has shown jacket separation with minimal expansion. In short I trust the XTP but not the XTP-MAG.

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#188202 - 01/02/18 02:34 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: bladesmith14731]
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 Originally Posted By: bladesmith14731
Just my $0.02, but I have never had good luck with the XTP-MAG bullets. The regular XTP bullets have worked consistently well for me in dropping white tail deer. However, the XTP-MAG bullets have consistently failed when shot from my 454 Casull, first they don't group well out of my gun and second every bullet that I managed to recover has shown jacket separation with minimal expansion. In short I trust the XTP but not the XTP-MAG.


INTERESTING OBSERVATION. MOST OF MY EXPERIENCE WITH 300 gr. XTP's WAS PROBABLY WITH THE REGULAR XTP's AND I HAD NO COMPLAINTS ABOUT THEM. NOT SURE I HAVE EVER USED AN XTP-MAG ON GAME, PRACTICE YES, GAME I DO NOT THINK SO.
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#188237 - 01/03/18 09:38 AM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: 45MAN]
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I read where a .460 shooter loaded/shot/hunted with the 250 XTP for deer and hogs. Has no complaints and DRT animals.
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#188242 - 01/03/18 10:38 AM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: Handgun400]
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 Originally Posted By: Handgun400
I read where a .460 shooter loaded/shot/hunted with the 250 XTP for deer and hogs. Has no complaints and DRT animals.


I have used the 250txp in 45 colt, 454 casull and .50 cal muzzleloader with no issues. Even at upper end 454 levels, it performed great. In my opinion, it is the best of the XTP family of bullet. I've read of forcing cone erosion from using in, but I've experienced no such issues; I guess if it does, I deal with it then.
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#188246 - 01/03/18 12:49 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: KRal]
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KRal, can you give more details on possible forcing cone erosion from using 250XTP 45 Colt?

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#188250 - 01/03/18 04:09 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: spinsail]
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 Originally Posted By: spinsail
KRal, can you give more details on possible forcing cone erosion from using 250XTP 45 Colt?


According to some readings, 250xtp is too soft to shoot at the higher velocities of the 454 casull and thus resulted in forcing cone erosion. Whether or not this is true....I don't know. It may have derived in the hay-day's of Metallic Silly-Wet where thousands of rounds were fired using that bullet and thus forever tagged as a bad bullet for those velocities. I do know, that I've shot/shoot the 250xtp at 1750'ish fps from my FA 83 and it's extremely accurate and thumps deer pretty hard. I don't see my self shooting thousands of rounds of that bullet, but if I do and I have forcing cone issues, I'll just suck it up as getting my money's worth from that barrel and get a new one installed (might be a good reason to get an octagon barrel then :D) I'm no expert on this issue, so take it with a grain of salt.

P.S. That load data I'm using was developed by JT; he may or may not know what he's talking 'bout
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#188254 - 01/03/18 05:09 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: KRal]
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I do know, that I've shot/shoot the 250xtp at 1750'ish fps from my FA 83 and it's extremely accurate and thumps deer pretty hard. [/quote]

I USED A 250 XTP AT AROUND 1,750 fps ON A 1991 SAFARI BUT IT WAS WAY TOO FRANGIBLE ON LARGER PLAINSGAME SUCH AS KUDU AND RED HARTEBEEST. AS I HAVE PREVIOUSLY POSTED, I HAVE USED THE 250 XTP AT AROUND 1,550 fps AND IT WAS DEVASTATING ON EXOTIC DOES.
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#188266 - 01/03/18 09:27 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: 45MAN]
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 Originally Posted By: 45MAN

I do know, that I've shot/shoot the 250xtp at 1750'ish fps from my FA 83 and it's extremely accurate and thumps deer pretty hard.


I USED A 250 XTP AT AROUND 1,750 fps ON A 1991 SAFARI BUT IT WAS WAY TOO FRANGIBLE ON LARGER PLAINSGAME SUCH AS KUDU AND RED HARTEBEEST. AS I HAVE PREVIOUSLY POSTED, I HAVE USED THE 250 XTP AT AROUND 1,550 fps AND IT WAS DEVASTATING ON EXOTIC DOES.[/quote]

My only experience with that load is on whitetails and it was devistating. If I ever get an opportunity to hunt Africa, it will not be the load I'm using. I'll be using a Partition, A-frame or X bullet.
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#188270 - 01/03/18 11:19 PM Re: Hornady 300 grain XTP Mag bullet concerns [Re: KRal]
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I've used the 250 grain XTP in my 12 inch Encore 454 Casull on deer and hogs. These are explosive, a one shot stopper. I agree if I were hunting anything bigger I'd go with a heavier bullet.
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