Swam with the Hammerheads Yesterday!

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Re: Swam with the Hammerheads Yesterday!

Postby Et2ss » 08 Dec 2018 15

How heavy does that mould throw those hammerheads?
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Re: Swam with the Hammerheads Yesterday!

Postby Ranch Dog » 09 Dec 2018 06

Et2ss wrote:How heavy does that mould throw those hammerheads?

The spec is that the total package, sabot and slug, weigh 490-grains. Sabot runs about 77-grains, so about 413-grains for the slug. I know the total is right and will check the weights when I go out to the reloading room. I'm using a 6:4 linotype to wheel weights so my total ejection package is lighter, 472-grains. The slug is tough as nails and I finally recovered one from my clay berm.

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The sabot is ejected on contact, I find a bunch of them between the target backing and berm.
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Re: Swam with the Hammerheads Yesterday!

Postby Et2ss » 10 Dec 2018 12

Yeah, that's a hard slug! Looks like they'd bust some bone, no problem.

I always thought slugs were soft lead? (can you tell I've never cast slugs?)
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Re: Swam with the Hammerheads Yesterday!

Postby Ranch Dog » 11 Dec 2018 16

Hardness depends. Those that use shotgun wads tend to be softer so they obitruate to the bore. Sabots, can be anywhere in the spectrum. I used a hard alloy so that they punch on through, the 55 caliber meplat is plenty.
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Re: Swam with the Hammerheads Yesterday!

Postby Et2ss » 11 Dec 2018 22

You use them for hogs?
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Re: Swam with the Hammerheads Yesterday!

Postby Ranch Dog » 12 Dec 2018 06

Et2ss wrote:You use them for hogs?

Yes; hogs, whitetails, and nilgai.
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Re: Swam with the Hammerheads Yesterday!

Postby Et2ss » 12 Dec 2018 07

I had to look up nilgali.

Boy those suckers can get huge! :o

Are they good eating?

From what I've read they are pretty wary. You must be good if you can sneak up to them within slug distances
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Re: Swam with the Hammerheads Yesterday!

Postby Ranch Dog » 12 Dec 2018 07

They are very good eating. Most of the hunting is done on coastal prairies, but the flooded areas are loaded with slightly higher ground with thick cover. That is really the best country to hunt them in, ranges are very short.
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