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.303 and 8mm SST dropped from production

02 Mar 2016
@ 10:08 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Both now dropped from production.

I wonder if it is worth creating a generic email / blog to send to our readers to see if they would be interested in emailing Hornady requesting that these or an ELD-X offering is made available.

There are so many .303 and 8mm shooters out there. I get queries about both on a week to week basis. Surely Hornady must receive the same level of interest.

Facebook page here if anyone wishes to write something (politely):

https://www.facebook.com/hornady/

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03 Mar 2016
@ 07:29 am (GMT)

Mike R

Re: .303 and 8mm SST dropped from production
I've sent Hornady an email, and have emailed my gunshop to see if they can help to get some into Australia.if I can get some i'll be buying a whole heap. If I can't get them would the 174 SMK be the next best option? If it is I might buy a me-plat trimmer and run those at 2750 in my 303 MAD
03 Mar 2016
@ 11:08 pm (GMT)

Mike R

Re: .303 and 8mm SST dropped from production
Got a reply from Hornady, basically this bullet is made under contract with Graf & Sons, and they do not make this for anybody else. Graf does do some exporting so check with them to purchase.
So that's my next port of call but I did not think they were allowed to export ammunition or components unless you are a dealer
04 Mar 2016
@ 06:51 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: .303 and 8mm SST dropped from production
Hi Michael, yes the Sierra SMK trimmed is the next best bet for reach.

Thanks for posting this. We had the .303 in NZ, in plastic zip locked backs but they came from our Hornady importer. What you say makes sense because these never appeared on the Hornady website. But- the 8mm was listed.

Could possibly swage down the 200gr .338 bullet to 8mm.

The way things have been going lately, there is a good market for swaging dies. Somebody could make a good sideline income out of this sort of thing.
04 Mar 2016
@ 09:41 pm (GMT)

Sebastian Shand

Re: .303 and 8mm SST dropped from production
gidday nathan
i find this swaging idea very intriguing, how close do the measurements have to be between the 2 projectiles to swage them down successfully?
04 Mar 2016
@ 10:18 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: .303 and 8mm SST dropped from production
It is relative to the available force. It gets more difficult to swage down in big jumps, creating a need for a series of steps, otherwise you need a very heavy press (not reloading press). Bullet deformation is another factor. Spring back is another factor.

Good options would be:

6.5 to .257
7mm to .270
.338 to 8mm
.375 to 9.3 (Marty blogged his experiments with this on the forums a while back).

There is a market for each of these, perhaps not large so again it may be best as a sideline for someone. If anyone was able to set this up, I would be happy to provide free advertising as it would be helpful to both the seller and end users.

Marty may have a few comments to add if he has time one day.

This type of operation goes hand in hand with meplat tools also- tools to expose the HP on match bullets that are otherwise too narrow.

I also think there is possibly room for a clamp on thread for the Tikka T3 barrel which allows a suppressor to be fitted to the rifle without thread cutting while also in itself acting as a heat sink...as long as it can be clamped in such a way as to not come loose and turn the system into a grenade launcher. I doubt this could be done with an overbarrel type suppressor system but might work with forwards mounted suppressors- if it could be properly secured to the barrel.
04 Mar 2016
@ 11:18 pm (GMT)

Mike R

Re: .303 and 8mm SST dropped from production
Got an email from Grafs, they can export these projectiles but it will be cost prohibitive to do it. $250USD for the export permit plus they need an import permit or an offical Letter stating you don't need one. And a end use statement or a DSP 83. So it maybe feasible to organise a group buy for NZ shooters, I'm not sure I could do that in Australia with all the different state laws.
04 Mar 2016
@ 11:30 pm (GMT)

MiKe R

Re: .303 and 8mm SST dropped from production
Oh they also have the 8 mm sst in stock at Grafs as well so wondering whether they do the deal to take these bullets as well. It would make sense from a production point of view to only have one wholesaler for these as you would only get 1 large order every so often and not dribs an drabs equals less machine down time for change overs.
05 Mar 2016
@ 12:41 am (GMT)

Warwick Marflitt

Re: .303 and 8mm SST dropped from production
http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?185406-358-rifle-bullet-swage-dies
05 Mar 2016
@ 05:25 am (GMT)

Sebastian Shand

Re: .303 and 8mm SST dropped from production
john mcQuade just emailed me today saying 3 boxes of 8mm 170grain sst turned up for me today so guess i need to treat them like gold seeing as they arnt making them any more....

 

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