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The 88gr Hammer Hunters just might be the best 6mm bullet that I've ever used. Best I can tell is the HH are half hollow point (shock) and half mono (penetration). Haven't found a deer yet that can handle a 88gr bullet at 3400fps.


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Do you mind sharing the load ? would like to try it on antelope--thx

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48.5gr Superformance, 88 Hammer Hunter, CCI BR2 primer.


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Originally Posted by Dirtfarmer
I guess those of us who may have been accused of being Hammer fanatics, we have our groups and terminal performance to comfort us.

And yeah, they're a bit on the expensive side, but IMO, worth the cost.

And, you can actually get them from the makers who seem to stay pretty well stocked.

And, for those who have to use non-lead projectiles, these are hard to beat, lead or non-lead.

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Couldn't agree more with you DF.

'm shooting 55 HH in .243 (Win 760) and 70 HH in 240 Wby, (I4350). Both very accurate and fast. Only coyotes with them so far. No crimp, no mag primer, but might work up a 240 load with 70 HH and Hunter with a mag primer since I'm out of I4350.


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what has everyone figured out with accuracy and seating depths?

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i have been loading and shooting the 80 gr. Hammer hunter bullets in my 6 BR out to 500 yards i have been very impressed with how well these bullets group and seem accurate too. my only problem i have is i am using Varget powder and i am down too 1/2 lb. left.


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Originally Posted by pete53
i have been loading and shooting the 80 gr. Hammer hunter bullets in my 6 BR out to 500 yards i have been very impressed with how well these bullets group and seem accurate too. my only problem i have is i am using Varget powder and i am down too 1/2 lb. left.

How far off the lands are you seating them?

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i got the 80 gr. just touching , so 1 groove of the bullet is showing some when seated using Lapua used brass that has been full length resized a few times.i have done nothing special with this Lapua brass . i am just using a old single shot 6 BR Savage bench rifle not even my good rifle for these winter shoots, but this old rifle still shoots good enough 1/2 inch 5 shot at 100 yards off a bench sometimes better , i do have a Nightforce bench scope on 15-55 x56 i believe , i use 15 x at 100 -200 yards .


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i just got some little 33 gr. big hole Hammer bullets for my K-Hornet ,loaded up 6 cartridges for the K-Hornet was getting dark and i knew that possum would be back, i had put out some more dry cat food about 40 yards away , possum showed up and it was a bang flop. neat little bullet for critters ! Pete53


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Ackley, my 240 a has very long lead and I'm seated nowhere near the lands, (the reamer made the jump longer than stock Weatherbys for some reason), so a long jump didn't affect accuracy with this set up. This is with a 70gr HH.

In my 243 I loaded .057 off the lands and it shoots lights out. I didn't mess with adjusting OAL because I could see no reason to mess with it. Even with a monometal bullet the 55 grainer is pretty short. It gets 4000+ fps.

So in my very limited testing finding an optimal OAL hasn't been an issue. Did I just get lucky? Maybe, but this doesn't happen often with copper bullets in my experience. These are fun bullets.


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I run most of my Hammer bullets in the area of .100" off the rifling. I seat the bullets to maximize the amount of bearing surface in the neck and most loads just end up around .100", but there are exceptions. Recently, I started fooling around with the 85H bullet in my Creedmoor. That bullet is so short that I'm at .213" off the rifling. With a good load of Varget and in a 26" barrel, I was able to get 3,700 fps without much difficulty.

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I didn't noticed much difference between seating depth and accuracy with the 88 or 101gr 6mm HH. Changing powders made a difference through. The harder I pushed, the better the HH grouped.


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Thanks guys normally I run ttsx’s .050 to .080 and find good accuracy,I’ve never had acceptable groups seated any closer,

I’m trying the 73gr hh in a couple 223’s
So we shall see what these rifles like!

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Originally Posted by Ackleyfan
Thanks guys normally I run ttsx’s .050 to .080 and find good accuracy,I’ve never had acceptable groups seated any closer,

I’m trying the 73gr hh in a couple 223’s
So we shall see what these rifles like!
Yeah those Barnes do like to jump.

Wondering if these Hammers are like that.

Hammer info says because their patented driving bands have less friction, their bullets can be driven faster without pressure issues.

Interesting. We’ll have to watch this play out.

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I have yet to use Hammer bullets yet but plan to remedy that in the near future with the Grendel that I am expecting any day. Have any of you guys tried the Hammer in the Grendel? Any data you’d be willing to share? Thanks for any experience with this new-to-me caliber. It sure looks good on paper and guys I respect that have BTDT also say it’s a cool round. I could NEVER warm up to the 5.56/.223 which is why only 1 of my AR’s are chambered in it. The Grendel and the 6ARC both look like a considerable improvement over the .223 so I’ll be getting an ARC upper eventually.


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Originally Posted by Dirtfarmer
Originally Posted by Ackleyfan
Thanks guys normally I run ttsx’s .050 to .080 and find good accuracy,I’ve never had acceptable groups seated any closer,

I’m trying the 73gr hh in a couple 223’s
So we shall see what these rifles like!
Yeah those Barnes do like to jump.

Wondering if these Hammers are like that.

Hammer info says because their patented driving bands have less friction, their bullets can be driven faster without pressure issues.

Interesting. We’ll have to watch this play out.

DF

It is true. I can get 2850 FPS with the 225 TSX, the 222 Hammer Hunter I can get 2911 FPS in my 35 Whelen Highwall with 28" barrel that's 61 FPS more



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Hammer bullets don’t seem to me to have as much resistance being seated, maybe due to their driving band design. (?)

So, I apply a hard Lee Factory Crimp just ‘cause. Whether it’s needed or not, just makes me feel better.

Would like to hear other’s experiences and opinions.

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Originally Posted by gunner500
Good stuff Pete, the 404gr Hammer bullet in my 3.6" mag length action 458 Win Mag leaves at 2500+ fps, it's a very accurate bullet, no load development to speak of, just worked up with a chrono and AA-2460 powder till i got to 2500 fps then went to the bench, GTG, great bullets i look forward to using in other rifles.
I know a guy pushing this bullets at more than 3000 fps from a 460 Bee via RL17


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Hammer makes a bullet called the Absolute Hammer, the ogive not engraved by rifling, just the patented drive bands. The say they should be loaded by expert reloaders capable of working up a load without supporting data.

So these bullets have such low friction, they can be pushed to velocities even Hammer won’t release.

I bet gunner could squeeze some obscene speeds from those.

Hmm… shocked

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