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#194319 - 09/12/18 12:53 AM Playing with new HP
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I've decided to focus on using a new HP for deer hunting this fall. Recently I've taken 3 different animals with 3 different guns but all 3 were 5 1/2" barreled guns so I've decided to use one of my favorite 4 5/8's old models with this new bullet & see how things work out. The bullet I'm going to use is a 45 caliber 217 gr Maxine Mouth HP breaking out of the chutes of my 3 screw shorty 45. Today was the initial work up day & I started by using 10 grains of Longshot.
Shooting from the sitting position with my back against my truck & knees drawn up (my usual position) I shot the first 3 rounds & checked with the glasses. The group was vertical but all 3 were almost touching. I decided not to make a sight adjustment & loaded & fired the next 3 of the same load. These 3 did the same thing, just made the group string vertical with all 6 shots almost touching but a tick low of my aiming point.
Next up was 11 grs of Longshot & I did make a sight adjustment before shooting the first 3 shots. These were much more centered with one shot going slightly out. I loaded the next 3 & fired using the same hold & was pretty pleased with this load. Didn't use the Chronograph, that will come later. First photo is the 217 gr. Maxine Mouths that are a clone of the Lyman #452190 except for the HP. Second photo is my OM shorty & the 6 shot group at 20 yds sitting.
I'll run a few more groups & see what kind of speed I'm getting, perhaps somewhere around 1000 fps is my guess with this short barrel.




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#194321 - 09/12/18 10:54 AM Re: Playing with new HP [Re: sixshot]
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I like it!
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#194323 - 09/12/18 03:35 PM Re: Playing with new HP [Re: reflex264]
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Nice looking bullet. Did you have to use a special seating stem to prevent bullet deformation?
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#194332 - 09/12/18 08:24 PM Re: Playing with new HP [Re: Sawfish]
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Good shooting !

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#194333 - 09/12/18 08:25 PM Re: Playing with new HP [Re: sixshot]
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Looks like a good combo!
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#194336 - 09/12/18 11:37 PM Re: Playing with new HP [Re: pab1]
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Sawfish, no but I did have to turn my Dillon seater over or it would have deformed this bullet

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#194351 - 09/13/18 09:04 PM Re: Playing with new HP [Re: sixshot]
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I agree ... those are handsome bullets. What type/brand of die do you crimp with?
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#194356 - 09/13/18 11:44 PM Re: Playing with new HP [Re: PsTaN]
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PsTan, I load all my pistol calibers on my Dillon 550 so I'm seating with one die & crimping with the 4th die. If anyone is loading on a single stage press it helps to buy a profile crimp die so you seat & crimp separately.

Dick

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#194357 - 09/14/18 12:23 AM Re: Playing with new HP [Re: sixshot]
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That is a good looking bullet. Getting them seated without messing them up took some effort I am sure.
We are down to 65 days until the Missouri deer season starts. I need to get started working with loads development myself.

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#194389 - 09/15/18 12:03 PM Re: Playing with new HP [Re: Bob Roach]
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Those look pretty neat. I'm interested to read how well they perform on game.
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