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Minimum Velocity for Trophy Bonded Bearclaw

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by trueblue1776, Jul 24, 2007.

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  1. trueblue1776

    trueblue1776 Member

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    Hello, two-fold question here:

    Got wind of some large hog tracks/sightings and jumped the gun a bit, I bought a box of .308 200gr Speer Trophy Bonded Bear claws.

    Being the hillbilly that I am, I will use these premium bullets in my MN 91/30 (7,62x54r). The Hodgdon max load for that cartridge and similar bullet with H4350 is 52.0gr, which may be sticky bolt territory @ 46,500cup (2529fps).

    The last thing I want to do to a 400lb hog is wing him. So I have two roads:

    1. Reduce loads to normal vintage 7.62x54r pressures to avoid sticky bolt, therefore making follow up (if needed) a possibility. But also possibly sacrificing expansion of projectile?

    2. Nuclear hot loads, the 200gr TBBC will put down anything this side of a T-rex on fairy dust. But if I make a bad shot, I will be mauled, or fighting of a big angry boar with a (nearly) hundred year old jammed commie rifle.

    Just to reassure those who doubt the sanity in my bullet choice, I will carry two loads when hunting this area. When I confirm tracks, the corresponding rounds will be loaded into the magazine. My current light load for pigs is a Speer 180gr SP @ about 2300fps.

    So what would you choose? Did I screw up buying the big bullets? I hope H&H reads this, he knows trophy bullets for sure.
     
  2. asknight

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    Just be sure to attach your bayonet and go with the nuclear loads. The Barnaul 203gr SP are nuclear, so your TBBC should be in the same territory. Be sure your chamber is spotless and smooth and I don't think you'll stick your bolt. But if you do.... you'll have the bayo to stick the PO'd pig with! :neener::D
     
  3. trueblue1776

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    Those things don't have half the punch of my 180gr Hot-Cor loads, when I say nuclear hot, I mean it :evil:. My chamber is clean, but my max loads still blow out (expand) the brass in that big chamber and make the bolt difficult to open.
     
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