Has anybody shot these or know where a guy can get them? The latest edition of HANDGUN magazine made this sound like a great load but would like to have some real world expeirences with it.Thanks for reading this.
Handloaders have been hoping Hornady will sell the Flextip bullets as components for the 45-70/450M, .444, 35 Rem and 30-30 since they came out 2yrs ago, hasn't happened yet, so all we can do is hope. :'(
Tim - I'm not so sure I'm going to hold my breath for those flex-tips to hit the reloader's market. I've been using wide flat-nosed cast slugs in my levers for the past couple of years and the old style lever action loads before that and really prefer the way the flatter nosed stuff takes game, especially the wide flat nosed slugs. I still recommend those slugs to those fellas who use single shot handguns in the field
I realize you can get a few more feet/sec out of the newer slugs and they have a flatter trajectory but I just don't feel they hit quite as hard as the flat nosed stuff does. And we both know that ballistic gelatin isn't an adequate measure of bone busting capability on game animals.
I also think the 225 gn slug in a 44 is a tad light. I prefer heavier slugs (have I said that before???).
Guns and Ammo recently ran an article on using heavy broad flat nose big metplat cast slugs in an African hunt and the results are telling (telling me to stick with the heavy cast wide flat nosed slugs, that is.....).
I like Hornady products really I do and I use a LOT of them. But I feel this new flex tip idea is the answer to a problem that does not exist. Inside of 250 yards the BC of the bullet makes darn little real world difference. Only well beyond that range does the difference begin to matter. None of the rounds in which Hornady is loading these bullets really have ranges beyond 250 yards or enough beyond for it to make a real world difference.
For the most part what they have done is to load lighter bullets so they can get more velocity and then too I think they are using the newer powders to add still more velocity. The powders and the lighter bullets NOT the soft tip is responsible for any small difference in trajectory and that small difference really doesn't extent the range of the rounds enough to be of consequence. It's a sales gimmick to put more income into their pockets. Now I have no prolem with that and all companies need to maximize profits in order to stay in business. I just don't think folks need to get all carried away thinking the soft tip bullets are magic and make the rounds something they otherwise were not already. In fact by going to lighter bullets in most I feel they have actually lessened the rounds not improved them. But that's just my take on it.
Will those flex tips even stay on the bullet?
Seems like someone here (JJHack I believe) talked about finding red flex tips littering the snow between the end of the bore & the 100yd target.
These types might have been meant for the point to primer cushioning in a lever.
Once gone, did the BC number take a turn for the worse?... Did it disturb the bullets rotation on it's own axis?...Will that soft tip stay on the New Hornady?
I am in agreement with Mikey on sticking with a conventional with a good size Meplat, specially at handgun velocitys
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