I have been shooting several different rounds in my new gun trying to figure out what the rifle likes the best. I have tried Winchester 40 gr. JHP (gray box), 34 gr. JHP (black box), CCI Maxi-Mags Solids, +V, TNT and Remington V-Max. So far I like the V-Max the best but they are really expensive. The +V shoot almost as good. My next favorite so far is the Winchester 40 gr. JHP. They are relatively cheap, shoot OK, and have great penetration. Should be good on bigger critters.
6/24/02 I have added some pictures of some targets I shot recently. I have also added pictures of CCI TNT bullets I pick up.
6/27/02 I have added picture of Winchester Supremes and a picture of a peice of hardwood I shot some Winchesters thru. I also added a link to a page at the bottom about not letting your brother shoot your silhouette.
07/30/02 I added the Marlin 25MN field test page.
50 yds CCI +V 3 shots 0.69 inch group
50 yds CCI TNT 3 shots 0.79 inch group
Top: 50 yds Winchester JHP 3 shots 1.25 inch group
The above picture is a peice of 1x4 hardwood popular. Its as with most wood, acutally only 3/4 inch thick. I had it laying around so I put a few Winchester bullets through it. Click on the image and take a look at the front of the board and see if you can find the three 40 grain Winchester JHP (gray box) and the two 34 grain Winchester JHP (black box). The answer will follow on the next page.
Top: 50 yds Remington V-max 3 shots 0.50 inch group
1) Winchester 40gr JHP (gray box)
I got a little bored so I carefully cut a few cartridges open and pulled the bullets out. Thought I would take some pictures of the bullets so here is what I got.
To cut the bullets in half I used a 4 inch razor blade that you use in a wall paper scraper and carefully drove it through the bullets with a small hammer. It seemed to work pretty well.
I notice that the Remington had very little crimp on the bullet. The TNT also had very little crimp. The CCI +V had a decent crimp and you might see the crimp mark in the picture. The Winchester JHP had a deep crimp into a crimp ring and was the hardest to get out of the case. It appeared that the CCI and Winchester was using very similar powders. It was a very fine uniform powder that the grains were nice and round and smooth. The Remington powder was slightly courser and some of the grains had flats on them and was slightly less uniform in size of the grains.
One other interesting note. Remingtons web site says that the V-Max bullet is a boat tail but its clear in this picture that the bullet is not a boat tail. Did I get an old box of these? Is the boat tail new to a new production run? Is there web site incorrect? Hmmmm....