Hornady xtp How Hard to Push it

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  1. Mar 16, 2019 #1

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    I been playing with the Hornady 44 cal xtp .430 diameter in the impact.
    My question how hard should they be pushed.
    I got 80 and 90 gr. BH 209 testing both loads shoot about the same POI .
    The 90 gr. Is 2" higher at the 100 yd.
    I think somewhere around 1825 FPS
     
  2. Mar 16, 2019 #2

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    Are the powder loads by Volume or weighed - just never know these days when it comes to BH?
     
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    The 90g load is the better choice for hunting; my opinion.
     
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    Xtp s in 44 cal start at 180 gr, 200 gr, 240 gr, 300 gr, so it depends on which xtp your shooting?
     
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    Volume
    240 gr. HP non mag
     
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    I agree with Ron and actually, I would be loading 100-110 gr, which seems to be the best balance of accuracy, MV & energy for a lot of bullets in many rifles. Even at 120 gr max load for BH209, you would not be pushing the XTP too hard.
     
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    I've come to the conclusion that the XTP's can be pushed faster, sometimes much faster, than Hornady rates them when fired with a sabot.
    The rifling scores the jackets and sets up stress risers which can cause failures if driven as fast as you can with a sabot. With sabots, the jacket remains intact. No stress risers. I took 3 deer with 40 caliber XTP's. 2 180' s and a 200. The 180 grain were rated to 1350 fps. One deer took one at a muzzle velocity of 1550 fps, the other, a big 8 pointer, got one that started at 1750.
    The 200 grain started at 1800, its rated to 1250, it hit the shoulder ball and blew it to bitty shards. Took a rib and went through her chest like a blender. Did not exit and was not found. That deer pulled all 4 feet straight up and dropped.
    My favorite XTP is the 250 grain 45. Some drive to around 2000 fps( its rated to 1600) with good reports. I get it to 1575 fps for a great batch of chest soup.
    I've shot 4 deer with the 240 grain 44 caliber at 1750 fps. Good results too.
     
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    I have used the 240 grain XTP's over 100 grain of 777 and BH 209 for a number of years. I have a collection of bullets recovered from deer I have taken. Every one are text book mushrooms. My longest shot was 160 yds and the shortest was 5 yds. Green crush rib sabots work the best from my encore. Anything from 70 grain to 120 works, just find what your gun likes.
     
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    I had trouble with the 240 grain XTP disintegrating on close range shots on several deer. Switched to the 240 grain XTP Mag and problem went away.
     
  10. Mar 18, 2019 at 11:58 PM #10

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    I recovered this 240 gr XTP from a hog I shot a few years ago with my Rem. 700 muzzle-loader. No disintegration problems here. Bullet still weighs over 180 grs. Ive never had any issues with the XTP bullet..


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  11. Mar 19, 2019 at 2:51 AM #11

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    Never seen a XTP with a base cupped like that
     
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    Well, I don't know either but it' is what it is..
     
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