I loaded those 120 grain Hammers for my 7mm-08 the past two years. They shot lights-out from my Savage LWS over 43 grains of Varget @ 3000 fps. IIRC. I mean I got some 1/2" groups from that little 6 lb. rifle. Dropped a couple spikes where they stood. Good rig for whitetails and very little recoil. Would be perfect for a recoil sensitive shooter.View attachment 193920
Went ahead and sent it for my next load development project. Hadn't seen a thread on them in a while, but after listening to the Hunt Backcountry podcast with Steve, it was very obvious that a large amount of thought and research had been put into their design. Anyway, figured I'd start a thread to share end user experiences and lessons learned, as well as some ballistic tests eventually. Any tips, techniques or pet recipes for 6.5 CM, 7mm-08 or .308 with the above projectiles would be much appreciated!
Load development in the South in the summer does suk balls. I try to avoid it at all costs. I generally do all my shooting in the winter, even after the season, to be ready for the next season.So, they are aptly named. 100 yard group off the bed of my truck. It really cannot be overstated how much load development in the south during the summertime sucks. Gonna see if I can put together a few more groups like that and then do a little terminal ballistic testing.
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Another one for the board. Bottom right are literally the first three rounds I've put through this rifle, after I visually zeroed the optic and sent one at 50 to ensure it was on paper. Don't have my caliper handy but I'll call that at or under 1/2 MOA. Gotta verify, but very stoked on this setup so far.
Savage 110 Ultralight, 6.5 PRC
54.0 grains H4831SC
Federal 215M primer
1/4 turn with the Lee FCD
0.050" off the lands
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