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22 Mar 2023
@ 05:14 pm (GMT)

Mike Davis

Well folks,this year has been one for the cards..first off I got to handle/fondle a Ruger lever action in .44magnum...arguably the bush hobbits wet dream rifle..oh so light,oh so short and oh so not mine......
lovely to see one in the flesh,the best of whats left now the deerfield is banned.

AND I managed to source some 55grn norinco projectiles from friend who pulled the rounds..... so I have read up KB on these and are thinking the 1;10 .223 is probably not the best use of them..although I know they go well as used 100 factory rounds when first bought rifle....
the 16 1/2" .222 is also probably not the best way to use them,its 1;14 so would be very marginal,and the 52grn speer Hps are doing a fine job
however the 1;14 long heavy barreled,(suppressed to make more socially acceptable),super accurate 22-250 might just be the ticket,poke them out at 35-3600fps well a good high up the charge weight sort of load anyway,Im not a chronicgraph user so true velocity is educated guess.... what say you fine folks??? am I on right track to best utilise these wee beasties???
main target will be wallabies and fallow....very slight chance of pig or a red... I m more than happy to wait and pick shot placement these days,the trebly has been good at making me do that.being a single shot break open even more so.


29 Mar 2023
@ 10:24 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: unicorn turds
Hi Mike, they might not work so well because the high velocity of the .22-250 increases RPM regardless of the 1:14 twist. The stable FMJ is of course no good.

Your .222 is probably the best bet for those projectiles but as you say, pointless if you already have a good bullet.

If you want to do some experimentation with the .22-250, try a Hornady 53gr BTHP match bullet (not the A-MAX, V-MAX or ELD-M). The meplat is small so expansion is momentarily delayed, but the speed and thin jacket utilized by Hornady ensure the bullet expands and then breaks up as per a regular .224 caliber soft point. The result is a generally good balance of wounding versus penetration, in some instances better than can be obtained with other .224 combinations / bullet designs.

As an aside, Hornady used to produce a basic flat base 60gr Hollow point. It was listed as a hunting bullet alongside their 60gr soft point. The 60 grain hollow point was in essence identical to the match bullet in construction. It is only in the last decade that I have really come to understand the benefits of the .22 cal Hornady hollow points driven at high speeds.

18 Oct 2023
@ 04:23 pm (GMT)

Mike Davis

Re: unicorn turds not only do I have some 170grn speer round nose for the mighty .270w, also managed to score some of the old school aluminum covered tip silvertips in 130grn also for .270w...absolutely love those projectiles.... had 3 single round kills with them lately,a fallow a red and 80 lb sow.... then just today a heavy wee package arrived in mail...some 300grn .458 TAIPAN soft flat nose for the .45/70....... have high hopes for them in my bush rifle...should be lovely and soft and will be able to drive them a little quicker while still keeping pressure to trapdoor levels...
have seen the light with cast projectiles too...pure lead with powder coating are unreal..... the .44 magnum loaded hot with 212grn flat point,pig was headshot angling down through neck and breaking offside shoulder blade,pill was recovered under skin..20mm in diameter and 160grns left of it....I believe that is pretty close to perfect preformance.
spring hunting is upon us and life is GREAT.


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