Hi! We want to hear about your success stories with Hodgdon Powder. Whether you've had success shooting in competition, or hunting, or just honing your skills at the range, we'd like to know. Just send us a picture and a short letter about it, and we'll post it here on the web site. It's also okay to send a story and picture about a friend or family member.
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Hodgdon Powder Co., Inc.
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Chase Allen Yeaman, grandson of long time Hodgdon employee Tom Martin got his first deer this fall and as you can see it was a dandy. Chase killed this fine 8 point buck in south west Kansas. He was using an H& R Handy rifle in .357 magnum. Hand loaded by granddad Tom with 17.5 grains of Lil Gun powder and 180 gr. Hornady pistol bullet.
Congratulation Chase on getting your first deer.
Chairman of the Board
Hodgdon Powder Company, Inc.
Thank you note from Donnie Smith who attends the NRA Whittington Adventure Camp.
This is a picture of a nice 6-point, 165-pound buck I got this past Christmas on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. I was using a Traditions Vortec 50-caliber muzzleloader with 100 grains of Triple Seven pellets followed by a Hornady SST-ML 300 grain sabot. I made a clean shot at 101 yards. Having very little prior experience with muzzleloaders, I was particularly impressed with the lack of kickback using this powder. It was a pleasure to shoot. I currently live in the mountains near Clyde, North Carolina. Since I was 5 years old, I’ve been hunting with my Dad, so every winter I travel back to my hometown to continue the tradition. This gun and load combination made this hunt one of the best times I’ve had hunting.
Thank you Hodgdon!
Hi my name is Allison and I shot my first buck during the late muzzleloader season in Iowa. This 9 point buck was taken at 50 yds with a Knight Elite 50 cal. muzzleloader with a Bushnell scope. The muzzleloader was loaded with 100 gr of Hodgdon Triple Se7en pellets and a TC 250 gr Shock Wave sabot.
Thank you Hodgdon Powder!
Bryce shot his *first deer* this year during the early 2011 muzzleloader season
in Iowa. This doe was taken at 40 yds with his CVA Pro Magnum 50 cal.
muzzleloader with a Bushnell Banner scope. The muzzleloader was loaded with 100 gr of Hodgdon Triple Se7en pellets and a 250gr Powerbelt AeroLite.
150 grains Triple 7, 350 gr Barnes,150 yards, 52 cal Extreme
Nick Mattly age 12, 110 yards, 100 gr ffg Triple 7, 250 Barnes MZ Expander, Disc Extreme
Here's a Bobcat I took couple weeks ago Chris - the Triple 7 is INCREDIBLE. I don't use modern firearms anymore and I love my ole TC 50 CAL. SMOKE POLE.
Happy Thanksgiving and many BLESSINGS my friend.
Check out this BIG BUCK I shot with 100 grains of Triple 7!!!!!! 245 pound 9-point never got over 4 degrees that day. Even in this extreme cold, the Triple Seven worked great.
Thanks for a Great Product! Every Shot! Every Time!
Ivan in Michigan (2009)
Africa was great. No problems with the powder. I even took a box of pellets and T7 loose and no questions. I didn't try to bring them
back though, thought that would be pushing my luck. I will send pics to you. I got the new world record Kalahari Gemsbok with a muzzle
loader. Feel free to use the pics.
I have been using 777 over the last few years with great success. Last year I was fortunate to harvest 22 big game animals using Knight for our television show and I'm off to a great start this year. Your 777 performs the best of anything I have ever used and I get precision accuracy with every shot.
My Sable will rank number 5 all time with a muzzleloader in SCI and I hope you can use this picture somewhere. Thanks for supporting me with the best product available.
Knight Born to Hunt Television
Here is my wife’s buck she took using an in-line muzzle loader and 777 pellets. The pellets are great for a quick reload.
My 10 year old son connected here in Iowa during youth season. He shot this 11 point at 105 yards with his .50 cal Extreme. He was using 80 grain ffg Triple 7 and 250 Barnes MZ Expander.
Dear Hodgdon Powder,
This is Logan Aicher - Age 7 with his first Buck in the Fall of 2011. He got his deer with a Black Powder Rifle Using Pyrodex Powder.
Your Buddy - Al Barr
Dear Hodgdon Powder,
12 year old Jack finally killed his first deer this evening September 21st 2010. We have hunted three of the last four evenings trying to make this happen. He shot the doe with a CVA 45 caliber Optima with a 225 grain aerotip Powerbelt in front of 100 grains of Pyrodex. It was a perfect 28 yard shot and the doe went right down. He said that waiting for the deer to come out was even harder than waiting for his sister to get ready to go someplace.
Overland Park, KS
I wanted to share with you a copy of the muley buck I shot in South Dakota using your Pyrodex Pellets. The bullet was Hornady 300 gr. 45 cal. I used 3 Pyrodex 50 gr. 50 cal. pellets. The gun was a Knife MK-85 Stainless 50 cal.
Success in Kansas,
Every once in a while the deer get close enough to throw a rock at! This happened to me on the first day of deer season in Kansas. It was getting late in the morning during a clear cool day with a light wind blowing in my face. I stood up from where I was sitting and was ready to move on and go home. Out of nowhere comes this nice buck, just over the slight rise in front of me, it steps over a barbed wire fence at 25 feet! I believe this buck was as much surprised as I was! At this point I didn't have time to think as I pulled the muzzleloader up to my shoulder and fired! Smoke and noise followed but no deer.
The buck ran off but there was a blood trail. I walked over the small rise and the fence following and suddenly I see several does and three bucks! I was in the thick of a herd and my deer was nowhere to be seen. I waited patiently while the other deer moved on. I got up from my hiding place and found my animal a short 50 yards away.
Thanks to Ron Nolan of Overland Park Kansas who helped me get the deer into the truck.
I used a Knight 50 Caliber DISC Rifle with 2-50gr. Pyrodex Pellets and a 250 gr. Barnes Bullet.
I’m including some pictures of last week’s New Zealand hunt that Sandi and I went on. We filmed all the hunts for the 2009 season of Outdoor Quest. The Ikon in 30 TC was an awesome performer killing 6 animals with 6 shots at ranges out to 310 yards. 250 grain SST’s pushed out of the Triumph by 150 grains of Pyrodex pellets accounted for my Stag and ram at 93 and 153 yards respectively. $110.00 for a box of Pyrodex Pellets there!
I have an editorial piece to do on muzzle loader powders. I’m shooting and comparing the various powders available today and I’d like to include some Pyrodex and T 7 both in loose powder and pellets. Can you arrange some for me to use? Northern Tackle in Grande Prairie, Alberta is a distributor of Hodgdon I believe.
Thanks - Rich
Caroline's First Deer
Caroline’s lucky streak continues. After killing a big Tom this spring her first day out, she decided on Wednesday she wanted to hunt deer. She did not want to go during the youth season, so she had to hunt with the rest of the adults and use a CVA muzzleloader. As usual, her first day hunting paid off. She had a doe in her sights pretty early, but we thought it was too far (about 100 yards) so she held off. Caroline was pretty mad at me for not letting her shoot until a doe stepped out, stood still, broadside, and where she could get a good rest. She even called her shot correctly (two inches high and slightly back). She had a lot more faith in her shot than I did while we waited our 20 minutes to follow up. Caroline is 12 and she used a 225 Grain AEROTIP Powerbelt in front of 150 grains of Pyrodex pellets. It whacked her pretty hard because in my desire to keep her from getting “scoped”, I had not noticed that the butt of the muzzleloader was not on her shoulder but instead was against her solar plexus. Shame on Dad!! However, she did say it was worthwhile.
Overland Park, KS
I killed this buck using a .54 cal Lyman rifle and RS Pyrodex. Pyrodex is great compared to regular 2F black powder.
February 5, 2010
I killed a bruiser on the last day of muzzleloader season in Pike County, Ohio. I used a Thompson Center 50 Caliber and 50 grain - 50 caliber Pyrodex pellets. It took two shots to bring him down. He scored 215 Gross and 205 green net score; 19 points with a 26-inch spread. I really enjoy using your products and have had many successes. I would greatly appreciate more information or coupons on any of your newest products. Watch for my story in an upcoming issue of Rack Magazine.
Sincerely with lots of appreciation to you and your products.
Walter "Tuffy" Oyer
Anna Whitaker (age 14) of Shawnee Kansas: Sub-Junior Singles winner of Kansas Trap Association's Eastern Zone shoot held at Cedar Hill Gun Club in Baldwin Kansas on June 5, 2010. Anna won with a score of 183 after a "shoot off" with another Sub-Junior competitor on her squad. Anna is a member of the Powder Creek Trap Shooting team of Lenexa ,Kansas Coaches/Sponsors : Kevin Maloan, and Al Gehrt. Anna is shooting a 12 Gauge Browning BT-99 Micro with a adjustable comb and Kick-eez Pad installed by Carroll Lance of Rushville, MO. Her Ammunition is fueled with © Hodgdon Clays Powder using Remington STS hulls, RXP 1-1/8 wads, STS Primers , STS #8 shot and Reloaded on a MEC 9000GN Reloader. Anna is enrolled in the Amateur Trapshooting Association's AIM program: (Academics, Integrity, Marksmanship) designed to promote the shooting sports for America's youth. She has been shooting in the AIM program since March of 2009 and looks forward to shooting at the ATA Grand in Sparta, Illinois in August of this year.
June 5, 2010 Eastern Zone- Cedar Hill Gun Club
Upon arriving at my favorite Wisconsin grouse spot last fall, I discovered that I had left my factory hunting loads at home. I normally use both International Clays and Universal Clays for my target shotshell reloading but have always relied on factory loads for hunting. As luck would have it, I found a box of 20ga. reloads of 7/8oz., 7 1/2 shot loaded with International Clays in the console of my truck. As a return to town would require a round trip of an hour, I decided to hunt with these reloads. The cover was thick and challenging for shooting as any grouse hunter can attest to. As the picture shows, I was not disappointed in the performance of the shells loaded with your powder. I have always been satisfied with your products on the trap and skeet field and I will be relying on shells reloaded with your powders for my upland and waterfowling needs from now on as well.
Dear Mr. Hodgdon
My story starts by saying what a difference a powder can make. I am a very avid Chucker hunter here in Nevada where these birds are in abundance. These birds can run up to 30 mph and get up off the ground twice as fast or at least it seems that way. I started reloading my own shotshells about three years ago and have been looking for a powder that would send shot at a great speed for a good distance. I tried everything you could think of, all the powders, different wads, then one day I found your web sight and there it is in black and white LONGSHOT powder by Hodgdon, what a powder!! This stuff works. I have never checked it for velocity but as you can see my shotgunning improved greatly with the help of your powder.
P.S. I have made a shot at 80 yards with an improved cylinder to my friends dismay, he is now changing his powder to LONGSHOT.
Bill Hober, owner of Swift Bullet Company invited me to hunt deer with him during the 2010 Kansas season. He has an excellent place to hunt, where I saw over 120 deer at one time. We hunted two days, but conditions were not right to get the deer moving, so there were not many potentially good shots. I was able to get the pictured 8-point deer at about 150 yards using my trusty Ruger Model 77 270 loaded with 46 gr. of Varget and 130 gr. Swift A-Frame Bullet. It was a one shot kill. Tony Hober also with Swift Bullets helped take care of the deer afterwards. It was an exciting hunt with great hospitality by the Swift Bullet folks.
Chairman of the Board
Hodgdon Powder Company, Inc
Dear Hodgdon Powder:
James has hunted with Grandpaw since he was 5 years old. He made the choice not to shoot until he was ready to take his first deer. "I got to hit what I shot at".. This year we went to our little farm in central Texas and at 19 years old, Grandpaw turned him loose. Sunday morning of opening weekend he went to his favorite stand and watched does feed around oat patch. Saw movement in woods behind the does and scoped it out, He waited about 20 minutes for a good open shot and took it, 25-06 with H4350 behind a 100 grn bullet. Radio came on with " I got him Grandpaw-- he is a nice one". Best deer off the place in about 15 years. Grandpaw is one proud fellow, he got my deer." Thanks Hodgdon for your great products!
Thought you might like to see what 35grs of H4895 with a 50gr REM-Accurate bullet shot thru my 22-250 REM VTR. I've only been reloading for 8 yrs. I've never been disappointed with this powder. I use it with my 300 WIN MAG also with good results. Thank you for excellent powders.
Adam Payne RT(R)(VI)ARRT, Gardner KS
Here is my 12 year old daughter Ava Mundy. She shot her first eastern Oregon mule deer buck in October 2011 at a range of 140 yards with her 7mm-08.
Ava used a load of a 120 grain Ballistic Tip and 41 grains of H-4895 in a Hornady case at a muzzle velocity of 2800 fps.... I know she was super excited. You guys make great stuff--she shoots her rifle very well with that load. ...and we all feasted on the tenderloins last night. Thanks!
Pat - In Oregon
Here is a photo of a whitetail I took this year with my 30/06 using H4350 pushing a 165 grain Nosler Accubond. I shot this buck opening day of our Kansas firearms season on our family farmland. I noticed on the website you are encouraging people to send in their photos.
Thanks for the wonderful products and support
Chris Johnson, Kansas
I just got back from a hunting trip in NV. I made the longest shot on a coyote that I have ever made.
On 10/15/10 I qualified for the Varmint Hunters Association 500 Yard Club with a 510 yard shot on a coyote. I used a Remington 700 action, Rock Creek barrel in .243 Winchester, Hogue overmolded stock, Millet Varmint Target scope 4-16x56. The handloads were Winchester brass, Hodgdon Varget powder and a Sierra 55 grain BlitzKing bullet part number #1502
Much thanks to the Hodgdon Team for making great powders.
Huntington Beach, CA
I ended up shooting my elk on the 4th day, I passed up a 5x5 and a 6x6 the first night hoping to get something bigger. Then I did not see anything except for deer and moose until I got this one. The load was a 225 grain Hornady with Hodgdon 4350 in a 338 Winchester Mag.
Just a short note to thank you for the wonderful performance I get using the Hodgdon Extreme line of powders. Using a .338 Winchester Magnum with H4831 under Barnes Triple Shocks and a .416 Remington Magnum loaded with Varget and Swift A Frames/Hornady solids, I took the big four in eight days while hunting with Luke Samaras in Tanzania. My testing, as well as my experience in the field has shown Extreme Powders to be extremely stable. Varget works as well in my .220 Swift as it does in my .416!
September 12th 2010 Matthew D. Kline of Selinsgrove Pennsylvania set two new world records while competing in the 1000 yard heavy gun class at the Original Pennsylvania 1000 yard Benchrest Club Inc. located near Williamsport Pa. He shot a 10 shot group at 1000 yards measuring a impressive 2.815" and a perfect score of 100 to capture the world record for both group and score.Matt was shooting a custom built heavy gun in 300 wsm caliber and using BERGER 210gr HUNTING VLD BULLETS and H4350 powder when he set these records. Matt's rifle was built by Mark King of MARK KING RIFLES located in Duncannon Pennsylvania. Mark is well known in the competition circle and has built a large number of winning and record setting rifles.
Matthew D. Kline
Here is the Antelope that I took this past October.
I was hunting in the Newcastle Wyoming area on public land. We had antelope up to our ears all season. All I had to do was choose the right one. I was using your H4831SC in my 270WSM.
I shot very well at home during testing. I shot very well when the real test was given.
Thanks for your superb products.
My brother and I went on a little coyote hunt over at a dairy farmer friends in October 2009. This two came in at our third set up. I was resting my rifle on a strand of barbed wire when I shot the first one at about 180 yards. I thought I'd missed because I hadnt seen the second coyote, I was standing when I shot #2 at about 120 yards. My rifle was a Rem 700 SPS Varmint chambered in 223 Rem. This little rifle has given me my smallest group ever,.176 " for a 3 shot group. It will regularly shoot into the .3",and to my recollection has never shot over an inch at 100 yards. I use Varget exclusively with a Sierra 65 grain GameKing bullet. Thanks for the great powder.Thanks ESPECIALLY for the Company Mission Statement.
I wanted to share my Hodgdon success story with you. I have a problem shoulder that cannnot take very much recoil. While browsing your online reloading manual, I discovered a great 12 guage, 7/8oz load. I load 16.9 grains of Hodgdon Clays, Claybuster CB-1100 wad, AA hull and a WW209 primer. With this load, I can shoot skeet all day and not have any ill effects from recoil. The load demolishes targets from any station on the skeet field. This load gives me a nice clean burning shot and it's a load that I can shoot all day.
John E. Skuchko, Jr
The weather was close to perfect with lows in the teens and highs 40-50. We started seeing elk at daylight as we went up the mountain. I even spotted the first ones and my guide, Tom Garcia, commented that I had a good eye. Found out later his was a lot better. An hour or so into the hunt, he spotted three bulls across a canyon, and said one was a shooter. The spotting scope confirmed it, and an hour later we were sneaking along the ridge above where we’d last seen them. I guessed he’d be long gone by then, but it was our lucky day. We spotted him about 150 yards below us, but at the same time he spotted us.
I had to do a little two step trying to get in position to shoot through the oak brush. Some anxious moments thinking he was going to bolt. Just as I got the gun over the shooting sticks and had him in the scope, the elk turned and walked down hill. He turned broad side after a couple of steps and headed for the timber about 10 yards away. As he cleared the brush, I pulled the trigger.
I used a Winchester Mod 70 30-06. Having never hunted elk, I called Ron Reiber and Tom Martin from Hodgdon for load suggestions. They said to try 58-60 grains of H4831 and also sent me some 200gr Nosler accu bonds they had on hand. Didn’t have much time, due to the last minute nature of the hunt, so loaded up a few at 58 grains and tried them out. After a few shots getting the scope dialed in, my first 3 shot group at 100 yards was about ¾”.
Terry Diehl, Hodgdon Powder team member with his trophy bull elk - December 2009
Congratulations on a job well done by the California Grizzlies! The California Grizzlies were the very first junior team to win the prestigious "Rattle Battle" at the National Camp Perry rifle competition in August 2009. This tremendous feat was the first in the 107 year history of Camp Perry sanctioned by the Civilian Markmanship Program (CMP) and the National Rifle Association (NRA). The Grizzlies won numerous other trophies throughout the match including overall winner, top civilian team and top junior team. All team members use Varget as their powder of choice.
The California Grizzlies Team (2009)
I would like to thank you for your help with selecting a powder for my new custom 300 WBY.After talking with you I chose to go with your H-1000 powder. I'm using a Berger 190gr. VLD bullet and this combination has proved to be very successful, not only on the range but in the field as well. As you can see I have enclosed a picture of the antelope I harvested with 1 shot at 370yds in Montana in the 2008 season, I also enclose pictures of the targets I shot with my final load. The target with the quarter was shot at 450 yds. I didn't have my shim bag on the rear position properly and threw the first shot out. After correcting the rear bag, I shot the 4-shot group. The target with a dime was 3 shots at 100yds. I don't think you can ask any more out of a 300 WBY sporter or the bullet and the H-1000 powder I'm using. Thanks again for your help and for providing the GREAT powders that you do.
THE PERFECT ZERO
A few years ago I opened a can of soup for lunch. As I was pouring the contents into my saucepan an idea came to mind. What would happen if I completely filled the cavity of the empty can with additional lids and shot it with a high-powered rifle from a distance of 100 meters? What effect would the lids have on the bullet? What effect would the bullet have on the lids? For the next 12-14 months I began saving all of the lids from different varieties of Wolfgang Puck soup. Each time I opened a can of soup I would rinse off the lid and drop it inside the original soup can. Each lid was less than a millimeter thick therefore it took an extended period of time to fill up the cavity of the soup can. The density and heft of this object was incredible! It was basically a steel brick in the shape of a cylinder. Reinforced the shell of the soup can with a single layer of strapping tape and sealed the opening. Finished the can by centering a 3” self-adhesive target on its outer surface. The tin can was ready to go so it was time to start thinking about reloading components. I decided to use Hornady’s 55 grain full metal jacket because I needed an accurate bullet with maximum weight retention. Used a Lee Auto Primer to seat Federal 205M primers and dispensed 25.5 grains of Hodgdon’s H335 into each case. Seated bullets with a standard seating die and lightly crimped the case mouth on the cannelure. My handloads were finished and I was ready to pop the can. When I arrived at the rifle range I set up a tripod and rear bag on a stable bench. Positioned the can on the berm of the rifle range and went back to my bench. Placed a round in the chamber of my Remington 700, exhaled twice and squeezed the trigger. The distand but resounding thud was music to my ears! When the range went “cold” I walked up to the berm and examined the tin can. The 55 grain bullet went straight through the center of the black diamond. A perfect zero! The backside of the soup can was split in three places from the lateral displacement of the lids. When I got home I removed the lids and recovered the fragmented bullet. The entrance hole on the shell of the can was perfectly round however the hole on the perimeter of the stacked lids resembled the shape of an enlarged electrical socket. The bullet was blown to pieces but it produced a metal blister the size of a swollen grape. The wound channel was 1.1” in depth and it was interesting to examine the bullet’s stamping effect on lid strata from the point of impact. I realize a high-powered rifle was not developed for popping tin cans, but that’s what made this story so much fun to write about. This was not your typical tin can or plinking safari. Sometimes you have to think outside the box (or can) before you can really stretch your imagination. I’ve always been amazed by the phenomena of terminal ballistics and I’m still hooked on Wolfgang Puck soup.
I thought I would send you another story about my success with your products. I went hunting at my brothers farm in Kansas this year with my new 300 WSM . I loaded it with 65.5 gr of H4350 and 165 gr Nosler Ballistic tips. I had sighted my gun in at 2" high at 200 yards because of the longer range shooting opportunities I have experienced in Kansas in the past. This paid off when I was afforded the opportunity to get a shot at him at 300 + yards . The gun performed great and I took this deer with a well placed shot right behind the shoulder. I have been a long time user of Hodgdon Products and have had great success reloading and taking deer with several different rifles all using hand loads with your products.
Keep up the good work with a great line of products.
Dear Hodgdon Powder:
When I sent you my photo of pheasant hunting a few years ago [using your powder, of course, in my reloads], I said I would send another photo if I got a Idaho whitetail using your H4831. Attached is the photo [my Savage 7mm WSM prints touching bullet holes at 100 yards...using 140 grain Nosler Ballistic Tips in front of 66.5 grains of H4831]. I am hunting in central Idaho again this year with 270 Winchester, loaded with 150 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip in front of 58 grains of H4831. This loads also sights in with touching bullets on the 100 yard target. Will send you another photo if I get the trophy I am hunting for. Please keep professing [in your mission statement] your faith in our Lord Jesus Christ...in the private and media sectors. I am trying to do the same. It was not easy to do this when I was a professor in a state university. Please continue to work in this election year to protect our gun and hunting rights. It is pretty easy to choose the best candidate for us hunters and shooters.
Gerald H. Maring, Ph.D
This photo shows Karl Johnson of Kennewick, WA (on the right) with his first deer, thanks to the efforts of his "hunting uncle", and over 100 rounds of practice with Hodgdon reduced loads in a 30-30 Winchester. While the deer pictured was harvested with a full-power .308 Win, Karl's uncle indicated that the reduced blast and recoil of the 30-30's gave Karl the confidence he needed to complete a 100 yard off-hand shot when it counted.
Thank you for continuing to provide quality propellants and services to the shooting community.
This is a picture of my dad & myself and a bull moose I shot using my 9.3 X 64 Brenneke with a 270gr Speer, H414 and a 215 primer (same load as in the bear picture from May 2001). First and only load I ever had to develop for this rifle. I have used it at -32C to shoot another moose not shown here a few years back and have also used it in warm weather also (70F) hunting spring bear. When I first developed the loads during testing I shot several under 1" groups off the bench.
Good powder, H414.
This is a picture of me, Richard G.Moore, firing in the Ontario Rifle Assoc. summer matches. It was a coached-team match, at 900 metres, and I scored 50/50, 8 Vees which won for our team. Equipment: Wichita action: McLellan 30inch stainless barrel, 7.62 Nato calibre, 155 gr. Hornady A-max bullet, 47.0 gr. Hodgdon's Varget.
I use Varget consistently for my competitive shooting and appreciate its resistance to temperature change. Bullets were seated .010 off the rifling, molycoated and gave an average deviation of 9.1 ' /sec. at an average muzzle velocity of 2965' /sec.
Note this was designated as our annual "Umbrella Match, " a quite civilized way to shoot in the wet or the heat.
My wife (Sue Tyndall) did it once again. She got the better Deer in Colorado. I have been loading both our ammo with Hodgdon Powder for many years. Her ammo for Five years now (with H1000) has never failed to perform as expected. She hunts with a 270 caliber rifle and with your powder it has "always" been a "minute of angle" shooter. She continues to make one shot kills, and she has no lack of confidence with "her"ammo combination.
Thanks again for great, consistent product!
Donnie R. Tyndall
Just thought you might be interested in the attachments.
Got a new lot of Ralph Council bullets delivered on Tuesday, just in time for this week-end. I was worried that they might not make it, though. It would have been touch and go for my son Mike this week-end I am afraid. Mike has been shooting Ralph's 120 gr bullets made on 1 1/8" jackets with great success for sometime now in his 30 x 46 Hunter and 41 grs of Benchmark (He/we haven't change charge weight in nearly 4 years - he resists strongly to do so.) They shot pretty darned decent in this new cartridge I developed (30 MCQ) as well. But, since I was getting low on the 120s, I decided I would try some 1" jacket bullets since I have been having a great amount of luck in my 30 x 47 HBR Hunter from bullets made by Rich Carpenter and Randy Robinett - 118grs. I sent you a picture of that WOW target I shot last month down at Ault, Friday night before the last Hunter match. didn't I. The one where I ran out of V-135 (at least not enough to get through the match and had to find a load of Benchmark that worked.) If not, it is also attached!
Mike loves his Hunter gun, which I call the Purple People Eater, (see attached) that he ask me if I could fix it so that he could compete in group shooting as well. I put my head to working and came up with the idea of a short 30 cal. Simply a very short .308, ie, 1.625 " case length. I installed a new Lilja 3gr. 17 twist barrel and a Weaver 36 scope. He has done pretty well with it using the 120 gr. bullets the last two seasons, but should do even better with these 117s.
Though my target is a WOW, the one I shot yesterday with Mike's rifle is an even better WOW, I think, since it has 5 bullets in a hole measuring near 0.052 inches, using 37.0 grs of Benchmark. The picture of 36.5 grs of BM was shot just a few minutes previous to the 37gr load, which is nothing to cry about either. But, look at what 1/2 grs of powder can do for group performance -- I hear and read quite often that chronograph stats have little to nothing to do with accuracy. To this I say, BS -- with capital letters. The 0.246 inch group is quite acceptable on average but --.
February 19, 2010
Just thought I would send you yet another success story involving Hodgdon power. I am a hopelessly addicted coyote caller here in Central Kansas.
This past year I added another calling rifle to my rack in the form of a Savage Model 10 Predator in 22-250. Temperature sensitivity in powder is very important to me, as my coyote loads have to consistently perform from 50 degrees to well below zero.
After much load development in this new rifle, I finally settled on a load of 35 grains of Varget under a 55 grain Hornady soft point. My final target used to dial in the rifle before I started calling last fall is attached.
I knew it was a pretty tight group when I had finished my 3 shot string, but I was even more surprised when I finished the 100 yard walk to the target butt and saw it up close.
The final group measured .28” center to center, which is pretty darn good for a stock, out of the box rifle!
Thank you for producing a product that gives an average guy that extra bit of confidence in the field!
Just a note to let you know how we did at the F Class Nationals in March 2010.
We won the all the Team Matches & set a new 1000yd Team Record. All of us use Varget powder.
I want to thank you for all your support for the Team
John H. Weil
Team USA F-T/R
Article: Savage Arms - Team Savage
A friend of J.B. Hodgdon shot this nice 5-Shot group using H4350 in a custom .375 Ruger.
My cousin and I were on our last hunting trip of the elk season. I was working up a draw and my cousin went to the top to work the ridge down. I was 20 to 30 yards from the road. I was very tired because the draw was steep and brushy So I sat down to rest and went to the bathroom. In doing so, my rifle was 4-5 feet from me. I rested about 7- 12 minutes. All of a sudden I heard a trotting sound coming from the road above. I had my Taurus 44 Magnum on my hip loaded with Nosler 300gr. bullets with 19 grains of Hodgdon H110. I took the 44 out of the holster and waited. Then the bull, a 5 by 5, jumped off the road about 25 -30 yards in front of me. He stopped and looked back up to the road. He never looked at me. I don't know if he smelled me or was waiting for more elk. When he stopped and looked back to the road I shot him in the neck. He dropped to his knees like a brick. He rolled once and landed in the small creek with butt down and head up. Perfect! I believe he was dead before he hit the ground. This is my first elk. The elk all dressed out without its' head, skin and legs, weighed 346 pounds. The butcher said on the hoof, the elk would have weighed 700 to 750 pounds.
In the above photo, I'm the one dressed in full camo with the camo baseball hat. My cousin Dan, is next to me. I was so glad to have Hodgdon H110 in my gun. The powder kills game dead!!!
Whitetail deer taken in western Kansas 12/00. Load: 454 Casull, 240 JHP with 36 grains of H110. Accurate and powerful load, one shot at 110 yards.
This bear was taken with my Magnum Research 454 Casull. I used 30.5 gr. of your H110 behind Hornadys 300 gr. XTP Magnum bullet. Your H110 is the only powder I use in my 454 Casull and all of my 44 Magnum handguns.
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