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After several years the new place has been transformed from a jungle to an overgrown horse horse farm. That said I now have time to play with my 357 max. My problem is that my gun hates hornady 180 xtp's . It does however shoot 200 grn ftx's well and I am getting right at 2100 fps out of them. I am curious to know what those of you that have shot that bullet think of it's performance on deer size game out to 125 yards or so.
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Dont know about that bullet but mine likes the famous RCBS 200 gr FN/sized 359 castboolit /GC @ BHN of 14-15 works to 186yds on deer (so far)! Ed
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Haven't shot a deer with them yet, but I'm going to give them a try this winter based on what guys have been reporting. This one was shot by WABBITT_HUNTER on the MDWS site with a 200ftx at between 70yds and 100yds with a muzzle velocity of 1850. I'd likely load them at 2030-2050fps. Most of our shots where we hunt have been between 60-140yds and with the additional velocity it should be fine out past where we'd shoot.
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I loaded that bullet years ago in a long chambered Maxi. I was close to 2000fps and the bullet expanded fine in every pig I shot.

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I reload and shoot 348 Win, 358 Win, 6.5 Grendel, 30-06 Springfield, 300 BLK, 44 Mag, 357 Maximum, 9mm, 45 ACP, 45 Colt, 225 Win and 35 Rem
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my gun hates hornady 180 xtp's
So did mine! Really a surprise since the XTP is my go to bullet of that type...

Fortunately my rifle liked 180 gr. SSP's which I have a goodly number of. I say fortunately as they are no longer made.

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So did mine! Really a surprise since the XTP is my go to bullet of that type...

Fortunately my rifle liked 180 gr. SSP's which I have a goodly number of. I say fortunately as they are no longer made.
Mine does like the 158 xtp soft point, but I don't trust that bullet past 2000 fps. I am playing with some fury bullets and the 170's show some promise. But the ftx is the most accurate so far. Another odd thing is that I have not had any luck with consistency using 1680 powder. 300MP is what I am having best results with.
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Mine does like the 158 xtp soft point, but I don't trust that bullet past 2000 fps.
Good call! The XTP HP was terribly frangible outa my 16 inch M-92 .357 Mag at 1700 +/- fps. But the SP did well at that speed. Even that being the case I would be hesitant to trust it at 2K.

But I think the 180 gr. Speer would be worth a try...

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Good call! The XTP HP was terribly frangible outa my 16 inch M-92 .357 Mag at 1700 +/- fps. But the SP did well at that speed. Even that being the case I would be hesitant to trust it at 2K.

But I think the 180 gr. Speer would be worth a try...
well I have a load now Using the fury 158 grn soft point and H110 powder I am getting constant 1 1/2" groups at 100 yards. My gun just seems to like lighter bullets. The fury 158 is claimed to be good for maxey speeds so I will do a bit of testing to see. I am running them right at 2200 fps so hopefully they will hold together up close and expand out to 125 is yards. what Little I found on the internet seems to indicate they are a good bullet
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Dennis's Fury Bullets are A-Ok in my book. He makes a great bullet and shoots most if not all of them himself. He probably started off with a 0.025" jacket that tapered closer to 0.016" at the tip. A bullet lighter and shorter than 180gr probably has a jacket that didn't taper that thin. Shoot them into some wet newspaper if you're concerned about their performance.

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Dennis's Fury Bullets are A-Ok in my book. He makes a great bullet and shoots most if not all of them himself. He probably started off with a 0.025" jacket that tapered closer to 0.016" at the tip. A bullet lighter and shorter than 180gr probably has a jacket that didn't taper that thin. Shoot them into some wet newspaper if you're concerned about their performance.

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That's my next step. Everything I have found on the fury bullets has been positive, but most info is with the 170's and 180's. I may test them on a "beaver problem" I am having in my pond. They clogged up the spillway and the pond was dangerously close to overflowing. I had to take the kayak out to clear it then paddle like **** once it started draining lol.
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