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    Safari Grade 35...ready for deer season.

    ........well, almost. Just finishing up my deer loads for the upcoming season. This is the Safari 260 bullet at 2385 fps. mt_sourdough (on the 444 forum) has done some testing with my BTB Safari 410 bullet for the SG 444 and I sent him some cup point and flat point bullets for a side by side comparison test. The cup points exhibited straighter penetration, and penetration was near as deep as the flat points. It seems that the cup point keeps the nose from rolling over upon impact and increases the bullets ability to deform more uniformly and drive straight. Anyway, I decided to start using this cup point modification on my SG 35 260 bullets, and hopefully they will be field tested in November on an unsuspecting deer. Here is a photo (because everybody like photos) of the first row of 260's cup pointed, with row number two to follow.
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    Those better be moose sized deer...

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    He wasn't nearly as skittish the first time I shot him...

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    Salmoneye; You think my load is "overkill"?!?!?
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    "Overkill.............is WAY underrated."
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    Shamelessly stealing:

    "You should not use a rifle that will kill an animal when everything goes right; you should use one that will do the job when everything goes wrong."

    lol
    He wasn't nearly as skittish the first time I shot him...

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    Those are the coolest 35rem bullets I've ever seen!
    How deep are they seated and what powder you using? Just wondering not planning on trying to duplicate.
    Your SG444 is pretty cool but IMO your SG35 is the cat's meow.
    Great work Flat Top.
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    Maybe a trip to Africa is in order... big bore fire power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Salmoneye View Post
    Shamelessly stealing:

    "You should not use a rifle that will kill an animal when everything goes right; you should use one that will do the job when everything goes wrong."

    lol
    Thats the ticket!!!!!
    "Overkill.............is WAY underrated."
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    Hell, I'd use those on piggy's! I'm loading up some 215gr LRNFPGC's I got from Western bullet Company, but now I think i need something heavier! Just because!
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    Lots of Marlins!

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    Quote Originally Posted by XMAN View Post
    Those are the coolest 35rem bullets I've ever seen!
    How deep are they seated and what powder you using? Just wondering not planning on trying to duplicate.
    Your SG444 is pretty cool but IMO your SG35 is the cat's meow.
    Great work Flat Top.
    They are seated just above the neck/shoulder junction. Powder is 46.8 grains of H-335, velocity 2380, energy 3269 ft lbs, TKO 31. This is the "short chamber" COL 2.570 I use this for reduced loads with the 260 grain bullet. The "long chamber" COL is 2.700 I use that for the top end loads with the 260 ( 2450+ fps for almost 3500 ft lbs), and I also will use it for the Safari 310 bullet (2250+ fps, for 3500 ft lbs or so.) which consumes the 2.700 COL..........its a long one!!!

    The photo shows a 250 grain Speer up top, the fresh from the mold 260, then the 260 seated, and the 310 bullet seated...............gives you an idea, anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whitewater View Post
    Maybe a trip to Africa is in order... big bore fire power.
    The 260 at 2400 fps duplicates the power of the 318 Westley Richards Nitro Express.......the 310 can loaf along at a sedate 2150 and duplicate the power of the 350-400 Nitro Express (350 Rigby), and it can be stepped up to exceed the power of the 333 Nitro Express.............so, this would make a very good African large plains game rifle, and, would be well suited to just about anything in North America.
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