Hornady FTX bullets

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  1. cooker300

    cooker300 G&G Enthusiast

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    do you need to use hornady dies for these bullets???????????
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    gandog56 G&G Enthusiast

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    You have to excuse me for tee-heeing, but the company's name is Hornady. And the answer is no, you do not need Hornady dies to use them. You just need to properly adjust your bullet seating die.
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    cooker300 G&G Enthusiast

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    thanks ganny
    and im sorry for the spelling errors i had my 8 week old in my arms while i typed.
    but i guess thats what i get for turning off spell check.


    matt
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    It was just you spelled it two different ways, neither of them right. I don't want to seem mean, but it just tickled my funnybone.
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    A true spelling policeman allows for baby interference........

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    thanks tom
    at least i got a question answered and made ganny laugh or chuckle
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    You did at that, you surely did.

    Gawd knows I needed a good one, too.
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    I loaded up the FTX bullets in my .350 Rem mag with no problems. I thought the flex tip might cause a little problems with OAL but they were all within a few .001 of each other. Load and shoot them with confidence.
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    I hope you aren't hunting with this load ! The .35 FTXs are designed for the .35 Marlin and their performance at .350 Rem. Mag. velocities might not be optimal ie (explosive) .
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    Oneoldsap, I am not hunting anything with them at this point. I wanted to sight my rifle in and the FTX bullets were the only thing locally that was available in .35Cal. They were pretty accurate out of the little .350 I will give them that.
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    i'll be loading the 200 FTX with there leverlution powder for my 336 in 35 rem.


    glad i could help ganny
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    I for one would be interested in your results with the Flex Tip and LeverEvoution Powder ! Could you keep us posted ?
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    will do

    hopfuly soon
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    just got done with the first 10 loaded up. so now i need to find a few hours for a trip to the range.

    report and pix soon
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    why would they explode? they are just like any other jacketed bullet except they have a squishy plastic nose
  16. DaTeacha

    DaTeacha Things are not what they seem. Forum Contributor

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    Hunting bullets are carefully designed to expand in a certain pattern when impacting specific types of tissue at a specific range of velocities. For example, I have some bullets in .22 caliber designed for use in the .22 Hornet class of rifle on varmints. If I load those in my .22/250 and push them to about double the velocity of the Hornet, they won't work right. If I hit a deer with one, it likely will not penetrate deeply before expanding, resulting in a messy surface wound that may not give a humane kill. On the other hand, if I use a bullet intended for elk size game out of a 30 caliber gun and high velocities but shoot a small whitetail with it at moderate velocities, it will likely poke a 30 caliber hole through the whitetail and not expand well at all, again not giving a humane kill and leaving a long tracking job to find the animal.
    Another example is target bullets. Sierra specifically advises against using their Matchking line for hunting because the bullets are not designed to give controlled expansion on game. They can be used, but the results are sometimes not the best.
    The .350 Rem Mag is capable of pushing the bullets a lot faster than the .35 Marlin, hence the caution.
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    well the powder meter's very nice

    and its a very clean burning
    bulltes easy to load

    and they shot very nice just have a heck of a time getting the gun to lie a scope i put on it
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    Double check every screw in the mounting system. A loose scope may not show up until the recoil forces act on it. Is the scope new or used? If used, have you used it before? If so, I would really suspect the mounting system.
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    dateacha

    i did prior to going to shoot and i take a screw driver with me and rechecked.
    the one scope was brand new and the other was 2 years old that i took off another rifle
    i started a thread in general rife titled i need help.
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    I realize that this is a month or more after the fact but I've not seen it mentioned so I thought I would. I assume that you are shooting a Marlin. Doesn't matter. Here is a link to the Hornady Load Data. Notice, there is a special note in bold text, just above the load chart.
    http://www.hornady.com/assets/files/ftx_load_data/35_remington.pdf
    My point is, they recommend that the case be trimmer an extra .010 because of the ojive of the FTX bullet. I found this to be a problem with my 35 Rem. 336CS where the bullet to rifling gap was too close. Same with the Hornady 180 gr. XTP bullet because it has a similar ojive. This will allow for proper crimp.
    And, in my opinion, the case should be full length sized for a lever gun as well as always crimp a cartridge for a tube magazine.
    You may already know all this but I thought it worth mentioning.
    I hope this helps.
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