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Discover a new product from the SHOT Show.

Discover A New Product From The SHOT Show

Although the Las Vegas SHOT Show wasn't an explosion in spanking new sporting arms announcements, it was certainly invigorating for handloaders, especially those interested in metallics. Speer alone unveiled 27 new bullets! And if you throw in Hornady's XTP handgun bullet concept with various publications like Sierra's third edition manual and the Auto-Flo tumblers from Lyman, you've got a pretty good start for generating new sales in 1990.

In handguns, there's a pair of plated hollow points (PHP) in 9mm, one a 115-grainer and another heavyweight of 147 grains. For the increasingly popular 10mm, Speer has made a 180-grain PHP that'll serve in the new .40 S&W as well as the full-length 10mm. And fans of big bores will like the massive 300-grain plated soft point for the .44 Magnum as well as the 300-grainer for the .454 Casull.

Some heavyweight solids follow for heavy-caliber rifles. These are classed as the Grand Slam African Series, and they are unlike other solids in that they have a core of exceedingly hard metal which, in turn, allows a very thick jacket and a shorter overall length. Despite the shorter lengths, however, the bullets tend to have impressive sectional densities for good penetrating qualities. These African-type Grand Slams come in .338 (275-grs.), .375 (300-grs.), .416 (400-grs.), and .458 (500-grs.). The current trend toward heavy calibers should stimulate this market.

There are also a pair of Grand Slam African soft points, namely, a 400-gr. .416 and a 500-gr. .458 which are made to mushroom on thinner game. Both the solids and soft points come in packs of 25.

For massive game of the elk and moose variety, Speer has designed a 270-gr. boattail for the .375 and a 225-gr. BT for the .338. These carry long-range implications and promise excellent accuracy.

Among the Grand Slams proper, Speer has made up a quintet of entries. It begins with a 100-gr. 6mm, leads to a 120-gr. .257 and a 145-gr. 7mm, and finishes with a 150-gr. .308 and a 250-gr. .358. I was wondering when somebody would get around to making a premium bullet for the .35-caliber cartridges, and this one should serve well in the .358 Win., .35 Whelen, .350 Rem. Mag., and the .35 Norma Magnum.

In the Speer "Hot-Cor [R]" line, we find a trio of concepts filling gaps. One is a 75-gr. .257 pill for the .25-20; and the other is the 120-gr. 7mm which can be used in handguns as well as some rifle varminting reloads; and the 125-gr. hunting soft point in .311 which was requested mainly by those who fancy the 7.62x39mm cartridge.

Finally, Speer came up with five new projectiles for the .22 centerfires. Two are heavyweights of 68-grs. and 62-grs. The 68-grainer is a BT made in match persuasion; its companion is a 52-gr. BT also styled for optimum match accuracy. Then there's a 46-gr. flat-nose for the .218 Bee. And last, but certainly not least, is the 50-gr. TNT pill, which is a thin-jacket bullet made to explode on contact. It is intended for velocities below 3,000 fps to keep rotational velocity from tearing the jacket apart, and anyone who wants a self-destruct bullet that'll not ricochet will want to try these latest Speer TNTs, which happen to be hollow points with minor BTs.

Besides bullets, the Speer/RCBS complex (Blount, Inc.) has come up with a few other ideas. On that I like for progressive metallic reloading presses is the RCBS powder detection die. It is a die body with a long rod in it. The rod works up and down, indicating the amount of powder in the case. It sorta gives one piece of mind to know powder volume, which is otherwise difficult to check on a progressive. In effect, it is the same concept employed on many automated commercial loading machines, although those automated outfits are also given microswitches which turn off the unit if the probe doesn't encounter a predetermined level of powder. Called the "Powder Checker Die," I'd recommend it for those who dote on mass production reloading.

Hornady's slant for 1990 is the "XTP" bullet, a handgun concept that was developed to meet FBI requirements for penetration plus expansion. The TXP means "Extreme Terminal Performance," and it jibes with the FBI's research that penetration is the most important element in bullet effectiveness. The XTPs have notched hollow points to produce some mushrooming, but they are also a tough bullet with a design to hold the lead core in place for maximum retained weight. With expansion plus penetration, this one should appeal to shooters with a defensive bent.

Over at Lyman, the Turbo series of cartridge case tumblers has been taken a stride further by the "Auto-Flo," a unit that eliminates the reloader's need to dig in and separate brass from media.

Also for the reloader of metallics is a bright new family of cool-burning tubular-type rifle powders from Scot Powder Company, which has been coming on strong stateside. These are single-based extruded powders made in Scotland, and they parallel the former Herter's Nobel powders. Known as the "Brigadier" line, they include:

Brigadier No. 4197, which is a fastrate rifle powder about 1-2 grains slower than IMR-4198 [R] and H-4198 [R]. It blends with smallbore cartridges and benchrest shooting and varminting.

Brigadier 3032, a medium-rate propellant which is about 1-2 grains faster than IMR-3031 [R]. It is again suited to many smaller cases, for benchrest and for varminting.

Brigadier No. 4065 is also a medium-rate powder approximately 1-2 grains faster than IMR-4064 [R]. It covers a broad spectrum of applications from the .22-250 through the .30-06-length cases.

Brigadier No. 4351 is the slow-rate member of the family, but even at that is generally 1-2 grains faster than IMR-4350 and H-4350. It tends to begin with the .25-06 and the .270 Winchester and works upward into the larger cases with heavier bullets.

PHOTO : The RCBS Powder Detection Die is made for progressive reloading tools; the taller rod

PHOTO : indicates the amount of powder in the case.
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Title Annotation:reloading ammunition
Author:Zutz, Don
Publication:Shooting Industry
Article Type:column
Date:Apr 1, 1990
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