Just Another Monday

This morning was spent in a drizzling rain testing the accuracy and velocity of seven handgun loads from Double Tap ammo in .380, 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. This looks to be good stuff. I’ll conduct the gelatin – terminal performance – tests on Thursday. The results of the Double Tap ammo test will appear in my ammo column in Shooting Illustrated.

After that I put together some .327 Federal duplex loads with # 12 shot and a 60 grain Hornady XTP bullet. Talk about snake medicine. You can read about the details of this project in an upcoming Bench Topics column at www.loaddata.com.

Tomorrow I should be building a project rifle for a friend. A .25-06 based on a Remington 700.

Several articles need to be completed between now and Saturday. Sunday I leave for Wyoming to hunt pronghorn with the .30 Remington AR. Still not sure what bullet or load I’ll use. Decisions, decisions.  If the Barnes Tipped TSX bullets show up in time, I’ll try to work up a load with those. Used an 80 gr. Tipped Triple Shock out a .243 NULA last year to take a Wyoming speed goat.

Wyoming pronghorn taken at 236 yards with an 80 grain Tipped TSX from a .243 Winchester.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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