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Speer HotCor 180gr RNSP

Postby jaysny87 » Sat Jun 06, 2015 8:44 pm

I was picking some reloading supplies from a local shop near where i live called 10 Ring. While browsing the bullet selection i happened across these Speer 180gr round nose soft points. I have seen them before but never really considered them. Lately its been a pain to get the 174gr SMKs it seems like i always have to back order them so i decided to take a chance and bought a couple boxes of the speers.

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Granted these are a completely different animal than the match style bullets i normally load in 54R so i wasn't really expecting phenomenal accuracy but i figured it would be good to develop a hunting load for hogs and white tail to be used this year.

I loaded 3 rounds for 6 different charge weights ranging from 40gr to 42.5gr in 1/2 grain increments. Using H4895, Winchester brass and primers.

Shown here with my usual load using 174gr Sierras
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Ready for the range
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I shot groups at 100 yards using my M44 sporter. Off a bench and sandbags. Conditions were nice considering all the rain we've had here in houston lately.

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Here is the best group shot that day. It was with 42gr of H4895. So far im pleased with the bullets performance. Next time i get a chance to get out to the range ill chronograph my shots and maybe take them out a little further.

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Re: Speer HotCor 180gr RNSP

Postby Fung_13 » Sun Jun 07, 2015 2:54 pm

Nice grouping!!!
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Re: Speer HotCor 180gr RNSP

Postby jaysny87 » Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:30 pm

Thanks man, like I said I wasn't expecting much out of these but they did pretty well. And the price and availability are another draw for me compared to other .311 diameter bullets. However I don't know how well they will perform out past 200 yards. That will be the real test. This weekend I plan to go do some more testing at the range.
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Re: Speer HotCor 180gr RNSP

Postby Grimstod » Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:57 pm

Great shooting. Mosins love heavy bullets. I have been trying to get bullet companies to make some 200gr match bullets for the 311
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Re: Speer HotCor 180gr RNSP

Postby 0933 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:14 am

Very cool!! 8-)

I've been loading 180 grain Sierra soft points for my 1932 Tula. The 174 SMK is kind of THE bullet in .311... but there are a few more that don't shoot to shabby either! :thumbup:
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