@ 12:41 pm (GMT)
I flat give up trying to find Partition bullets in .257 diameter. Varmint bullets - available. Big game bullets - not so much.
I have Zero experience with Hammer bullets but have done a LOT of study on line. In short, Hammers act a lot like Barnes but shed the front petals - acting somewhat like a Partition.
Quality bullets (Hammer / Swift / etc) are (for me) expensive but, when I'm hunting, terminal performance is a very high priority for me. The cost of some expensive bullets pale in comparison to costs of the hunt.
Report after report, users are saying very good things about their Hammer bullets. If you have any experience - good or bad - please share.
@ 01:39 am (GMT)
Re: HAMMER BulletsHi Dan,
I've read a lot about them on the long-range hunting forum and they seem very well regarded. The only complaint seems to be the bc is over stated. But mostly very good reports on terminal performance.
I picked up some absolute hammers with the aim to drive them fast in 308 Win. I was loading over ADI Benchmark 8208 (8208xbr in your neck of the woods) and they were not showing signs of pressure despite being well over book Max. So they appeared true to advertised properties.
However, my groups weren't great so I never put them over the chrony. But nothing was really grouping great and I only recently discovered a loose front rail on my rifle. So that was the cause of the bad groups and I haven't got back to the range to retry the hammers.
The distributor I bought them off in Aus couldn't speak more highly of them and shoots them exclusively now. So he is one happy user.
@ 01:21 pm (GMT)
Re: HAMMER BulletsHello David.
Just a brief note to say thanks for your reply and add a follow up to my original post.
After further study and contact with folks I trust on these matters, I'm still of the opinion that the Hammer bullets provide the benefit of copper penetration and add the Nosler Partition type terminal performance.
However, it also appears the Hammers have basically the same expansion liabilities other coppers do out past the 350 +/- yd mark. Not good news should a longer shot be your only opportunity.
Still no perfect bullet - but the Partition comes close. Will keep looking for them in .257.
The conclusions shared here are my opinions - please consider accordingly.