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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-22-2016, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Range day..

So went to the range today with my rifle...

I shot a group with the 460gr no excuses...70gr of 3f. Recoil wasn't bad..group wasn't bad..

Shot groups with the 250gr Thor's..90-100-110gr....same at the no excuses..2-4" at 50yds..not horrible..but nothing stellar..

I loaded 100gr and the 300gr Thor's...they are very long with the skirt and solid copper...

First shot my 1" bull disappeared.."well that one flew well...".

Walked down and stuck another bull on...it too disappeared...

To my amazement the 3rd did too!!!

I stopped there for the day..I have a giant knot on my collar bone..

I will check the load a few more times...but with open sights I'm pretty well tapped out and very satisfied with that...

The Thor's and no excuses both loaded very nicely..I sized the Thor's for my bore and can start them with my thumb..the no excuses surprisingly make such a tight seal you can feel the air pressure as it goes down he bore..I didn't expect that..

I will play around a bit more..and make sure the load repeats...but I'm betting it does and that'll be what I hunt with this season...

Not sure on the velocity..but 100gr of 3f and a 300gr bullet aughta knock the stuffing outta most anything...
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Re: Range day..

looking good
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-23-2016, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Range day..

I'm happy!!

I need to save some water jugs or something. I wanna recover one of the Thor's...I mean...I've seen pics of them...I wanna see it first hand! And I don't think deer will stop them..I've shot many with 70gr of 3f and a 240gr ball-et..I think I've only recovered one of them and I can't remember what the shot was...I'm definitely packing some energy with the load...wonder how many water jugs I need lol...
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-23-2016, 01:57 PM
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Re: Range day..

Word of advice on jug testing....

Number the jugs from front to back. When you blast them and stuff flies everywhere, you'll be scratching your head trying to figure out how many it really went through.

After about Jug #3, do a row of jugs on either side(so three across). Yes, this is a a lot of jugs. Trust me, bullets like to slip out the sides.

I will tell you that my 62 with a 0.600 roundball and 120gr 2F (46" barrel) will do 5 jugs (out the back/left side of the 5th and I lost it), and maybe would have pushed into #6 from the looks of the damage on #5. I doubt it would have passed through 6, but it's possible.

With what you're shooting, plan on needing at least 5. Maybe more. Expanding bullets won't go quite as deep as hard cast conicals, but those will go deep. My 45/70 with 350's at 1700 goes 5 jugs. And makes one heck of a mess in the yard, lol.
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Re: Range day..

Thanx TDD. I've never shot jugs...so some good info there!

I'd just like to get one petaled out all pretty to put on the shelf haha...

I know expansion slows penetration...

I still can't get over how much easier that green mountain cleans compared to the TC barrel...the green mountain has much deeper rifling....

Both times I've shot it I an a wet patch through twice when I was done...when I came home ran it through water..a little bit of fouling from the chamber was all that comes out...patches come out clean...

No problems with copper from the Thor's either as far as I an see...

To be fair on both topics I was running a wet patch through twice and a dry patch through between every shot...

When hunting the only shot that matters is the first from a clean bore...I will shoot it with a fouled bore after I make sure that's the load I'm shooting..
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