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Now there is some information for expansion in water filled plastic bags. The recovered bullets were fired into 10 Liter really thin walled garbage bags and stopped around 100 cm travel through the water. Well, that is not like ballistic gelatin, but I have to do my tests with what I have available.
The large HP fragmented above 290 m/s. Maybe it is better suited for .45 handguns than for .45-70 rifle loads. Or only for long range applications over 150 m or for self defense where brutal fragmentation is no problem.
The small HP mushroomed beautiful from 280 m/s (18mm, .71 cal), 300 m/s (21mm, .83 cal), 320 m/s (22mm, .87 cal) and 340 m/s (22mm, .87 cal, too). I did not test loads under 280 m/s. Weight retention was always 100 % (326 gr). At 350 m/s the bullets fragmentet, the whole nose shed off. Well, if shot at 340 m/s at the muzzle, these loads hold the velocity of 280 m/s out to 150m – awsome!
My alloy was also 20-1 binary lead-tin alloy, like written in my previous review. In the future I will test 30-1 or even 40-1 alloy, maybe it makes my velocity range where I get reliable expansion a little big bigger. Pressure of my loads should be from 600 Bar to 1000 Bar, so the softer alloy should be good to go.
We will test these bullets on light and thin skinned european roe deer and wild boars.
Loads where made with Reload Swiss RS 14, the new bulky and low energy powder, very similar to Hodgdon TrailBoss.
Load was from 10 to 18 gr. From 280 m/s to 370 m/s measured at 10m. An from 52 % case filling to 93 %.
Have fun with these awsome bullets!
With 20-1 alloy my bullets drop at 11,74 mm (.462″) measured with micrometer. 20 parts 4,5 mm (.177) air gun pellets from the bullet trap (99,7% pure lead), 1 part tin (pewter stuff).
Casting with pouring ladle, propane camping gas burner, 20 kg alloy (44 pound) in stainless steel pot on a windy day with 15°C air temperature (59°F) needed 450°C (840°F) alloy temperature to give out shiny pretty boolits out of the proper preheated mould. Great mould, very high quality and a lot of fun to cast with!
Terminal ballistics expansion test is following. Happy new year!
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