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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Shooting at the East Windor Sportsman's Club

Today was an absolutely perfect Spring morning, and Dirk invited me to shoot at his gun club today. I brought a Henry .357 Magnum rifle, and Dirk was shooting a Winchester '94 30-30. My objective was to test two loads at 50 yards.

Dirk Files

 Bob Rich (shooting goggles by Maximum Eyewear)

Hornady bullet tests 
The two loads tested were: Hornady 140g Cowboy w/4g Unique (left target) Hornady 158g SWC/HP w/3.5g Unique (right target)


I was extremely pleased with the results of the 140g Cowboy (see video). The Hollow Point Semi-Wadcutter shot fine as well, but not quite as good as the Cowboy. I'm guessing it had to do with the extra 18 grains of bullet weight since the powder charge was almost the same in both cartridges (about .3g above the starting load). I'll do more tests of the SWC this Spring, testing it with various powders and working up hotter loads, which could improve accuracy. This is a very reasonably priced quality lead hollow point bullet which I believe would do an excellent job on any coyote. Note that the cowboy cartridges were loaded with the Lee Auto-Disk, proving that the unit charges cases at a consistent rate.

Thanks again Dirk for the use of your club's range today.



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