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White Smoke

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While down in Texas on an Axis hunt, I talked quite a bit with blkpowder hunter, aka Dan, about his antelope hunt. He was using Hammer Hunters and his description of the lungs of an antelope he shot convinced me I should try them. NBK has been on my case as well and I finally pulled the trigger. I have a Ruger American 308 and have a very good load using 168 grain Barnes TTSX bullets that once put three bullets in the same ragged hole at 200 yards. That said, I needed a light 308 load. Dan convinced me to try the 124-grain Hammer Hunters.

I worked up a ladder using 46 to 50 grains of Varget. At first, I shot three rounds each at one-grain increments. That ladder gave me a 46.0-grain load that measured 3/8". Since the 46.0-grain load was at the bottom of the food chain, I made up two more loads of three rounds each at 45.8 and 46.2, just to confirm the 46.0 group I got earlier and also just to see what would happen on either side of that group. The 45.8 load had two bullets touching and a flyer about an inch away, The 46.2 load was a perfect cloverleaf that measured 1/4" and chronographed at an even 3,000 f/s.

John and Dan, you were right all along. I am now a true believer!


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Nice! Been meaning to load these up for my 308 as well. I need to do a lot of reloading, haven't done much in the last 6 months.
 
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White Smoke

Black powder rules!
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PS...My rifle is a stock Ruger American. The only thing I did to it was to file off a little of the stock on the left side where it was touching the barrel. It is now fully free-floating. Don't let anyone tell you that inexpensive rifles won't shoot well. My son has one too, and it shoots just as good.
 
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PS...My rifle is a stock Ruger American. The only thing I did to it was to file off a little of the stock on the left side where it was touching the barrel. It is now fully free-floating. Don't let anyone tell you that inexpensive rifles won't shoot well. My son has one too, and it shoots just as good.

I love mine, 6.5 CM.
 
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Been using Hammers for a while now since we have to use copper. Sold and then some. The best thing about Hammer is you can just call them. I owe Steve a beer anywhos.
 
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While down in Texas on an Axis hunt, I talked quite a bit with blkpowder hunter, aka Dan, about his antelope hunt. He was using Hammer Hunters and his description of the lungs of an antelope he shot convinced me I should try them. NBK has been on my case as well and I finally pulled the trigger. I have a Ruger American 308 and have a very good load using 168 grain Barnes TTSX bullets that once put three bullets in the same ragged hole at 200 yards. That said, I needed a light 308 load. Dan convinced me to try the 124-grain Hammer Hunters.

I worked up a ladder using 46 to 50 grains of Varget. At first, I shot three rounds each at one-grain increments. That ladder gave me a 46.0-grain load that measured 3/8". Since the 46.0-grain load was at the bottom of the food chain, I made up two more loads of three rounds each at 45.8 and 46.2, just to confirm the 46.0 group I got earlier and also just to see what would happen on either side of that group. The 45.8 load had two bullets touching and a flyer about an inch away, The 46.2 load was a perfect cloverleaf that measured 1/4" and chronographed at an even 3,000 f/s.

John and Dan, you were right all along. I am now a true believer!


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Great shooting and thank you for all the help you've given me, working on trying to hit the .25 group.
 
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