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Thread: 6.8 SPC cast bullet tips

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    I was able to put 5 shots into an inch at 40 yds this morning with the Lee bullet over 25 grs of 3031. I used Federal SR match primers in the SSA and Hornady brass. I just got 200 Remington brass that use LR primers- I think I'll use those for jacketed bullets.
    Dogmower- thanks for correcting that load from post #7- I'll get some H4895 if I get the chance. I think that Benchmark has potential for the 6.8 as well- I do have some of that.

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    Today for grins I filed a meplat on three bullet noses to see if they would be accurate enough to hunt with. Three shots at 100yds went into 3/4" inch.
    Then I shot a 3" group at 100yds with my 44-40 using the FF3 sight against plain cardboard- aim at the center.
    I quit while I was ahead!

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    This combo is proving to be what I wanted the .300BO to be- but I couldn't get accuracy with cast with it- I blame the 7" twist.
    At last light today, I fired three 3 shot groups with the 6.8 at 100yds....
    Hornady's new 6.8 bthp 110 gr- 5/8"group
    The Lee C278135 - 1" group
    Hornady's Old .277" 110gr hp- 1-1/4"
    I like the Velocity trigger, The KE lower, and the cheap Weaver Kaspa 3x9 that CDNN provided. Looking like a Truck Gun, indeed.

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    It appears to work well on close range(65 paces)spikes!
    From the poor pic you can see the high lung hit. He trotted out of sight after the shot, but I felt good about it when the trigger tripped.
    After another cup of coffee and a Hershey bar, I went looking for him and found him on the other side of a big Post Oak tree, dead as a door nail. 30 yards farther away.
    Both lungs were torn up, and I could put two fingers through the exit hole.
    For some reason my inner voice said "Use the cast bullet" when I loaded the AR in the blind.
    I'm tickled that I listened!

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    My worst group today was 3 shots in 2"@100yds. My best group was 7 shots in 1-1/2" on the same target.
    I dont think that I need another mould- I'm good with this one.

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    I believe that this dog will hunt. Three fairly quick three shot groups at 100 yards from a shakey rest.
    Upside down, even.

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    TBG - thanks for your posts. I've always been a 6.8 fan...I own two ARP 5Rs and a Wilson but never tried cast boolits in them. I've taken whitetails with the Hornady 120 SST but found it to be a mediocre performer on deer...very little expansion on these thin-bodied creatures. Interesting that you get such good results with 3031.

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    My cousin has a great one shot kill record going on deer, mostly hogs and several coyotes. He likes the 110gr V-max. I've got some of the Hornady 6.8 110 bthp and they did well in expansion tests(wet print).
    I think that our little Texas deer die quicker if we don't over- bullet them.
    My late brother's favorite deer bullet for the 8x57mm was the Hornady 125gr sp at 3100 fps. No runoffs.



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    Today I tried out the Accurate 2015 loads at 100yds. Even with a crosswind from the north, I was able to put 10 shots into 2-1/2".
    I need to cast some more of these bullets on the next cold day.

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    Today's 100yds 5 shot group was 1-3/4". I think that a better shot could tighten that up, but it'll work for me. I think that I got lucky on this one and I'll take it.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check