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    • #108558
      Brian from Georgia
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        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
        WSR primer
        25.0 grains H335 powder
        2.250 OAL

        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.

      • #108559
        Dennis W
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          25 grains of H335 is what my progressive loader is set at, and has been for quite awhile now. The results are about the same also.
          Dennis

        • #108560
          rhino11
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            If you push it a little faster it should fly the hold over reticles of the ACOG’s and others which are set up for M855.

          • #108561
            Brian from Georgia
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              If you push it a little faster it should fly the hold over reticles of the ACOG’s and others which are set up for M855.

              That was the goal but the group size opened up.

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