For you reloaders, Midsouth Shooters Supply and Midway have Hornady 62 grain BTHP for around $.10 per round. It looked like a decent bullet for 600 yard shooting so I ordered 1500 bullets and worked up a load for fast “bulk” loading. This is apparently a limited run bullet with no published load data.
I used easy metering H335 instead of a more accurate but rougher metering powder like Varget. Here are my results.
DISCLAIMER; work up your loads by using reduced powder charge. Look for pressure signs before incrementally increasing charge weight.
OAL: 2.240-2.250 puts the center of the cannelure at the end of 1.750″ length brass.
Average bullet weight: 62.1 grains
Bullet length: 0.866″-0.869″
BC: .280 (anecdotal from Midsouth’s website. Info is not directly from Hornady)
Rifle used: PSA 20″ A3 with 1/7 FN chrome lined govt profile barrel, MI free float, Geissele SSA-E trigger, SWFA Super Sniper 3 X 9 -40 in Larue SPR-E mount. Capable of 1.4 MOA 10-shot group with 69 SMK load
Shot on a bipod with rear bag at 100 yards
ProChrono placed 6′ from muzzle
Both XM855 and a 69 grain SMK load were shot as control groups for comparison. It’s hard to see in the pic but there are 5 holes in the black for the 69 SMK load.
Best load for the Hornady 62 grain BTHP was:
Once fired LC brass at 1.75″ long
25.0 grains H335 powder
Conclusion: expect around 2 MOA with this bullet. It would likely do better with an extruded powder. At $.10/round, this is a decent bullet that should perform better than 55 grain FMJ at longer distances. I’m hoping it does well on varmints, too.