As those of you that have followed my work with the SG 35 know, I have been playing piecemeal with the Safari 310 bullet for a while now. Through initial testing I found that it would shoot well and stabilize in the 1-16 twist of my SG 35 XLR at all velocities. Lately I have been working on a standardized COL for this bullet, and as the photo shows 2.700 COL seems to do the trick. I shot this group yesterday morning working up to a reduced load of 2150 fps (3000+ ft lbs). With this reduced load, I am hoping to shoot a 50/50 wheel weight/ pure lead water quenched bullet, which by all signs (and the testing of forum member mt_sourdough) should be an excellent thin skinned, medium sized game bullet for the SG 35. The testing showed picture perfect expansion and very minimal weight loss with this alloy................anyway, This group was shot at 25 yards with a 2.5X scope (and my old eyes). This 25 yard group size would easily compute to well under an inch (maybe even a 1/2") at 100 yards. For my type of hunting I really see no need to run the BIG numbers (I have already taken the 310 to well beyond 2250 fps, 3484 ft lbs) with this bullet, and feel that for my uses the 310 at 2150 would make for an economical, powerful brush busting load with a bullet that would expand well, and deliver a high level of terminal impact force with excellent penetration. I will report from time to time on this project so stay tuned!
1.2 MB Views: 21