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Old 12-27-2018, 07:47 AM
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I have a few boxes of Federal 50 grain JHP. Is there any advantage to the heavier grain weight over the 30/40 grain rounds? They shoot well-but are something I picked up during one of the ammo scares. I am sure they drop much faster than the lighter loads. I shoot a Marlin 781 from 2005. It shoots well with a variety of loads.

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Old 12-27-2018, 08:14 AM
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They are known for penertrating.
They do drop quick but heck I would use them all the same, just dial into their sweet spot range wise and work with them.

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Old 12-27-2018, 08:22 AM
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I agree with RD. They shoot very well in my rifle, so I bought a couple of bricks of them a while back.
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Old 12-28-2018, 10:32 AM
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The Hornady 45gr "heavy"bullet is not going to perform for you. In my 20" Henry it keyholes at 10 yards - can't even find the paper at 100 yards. Avoid these.
I thought maybe it was my rifle and emailed Henry - they said that was common and thought it was the plastic tip causing the problem. Personally, I suspect the twist rate is wrong for the bullet.
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Old 12-28-2018, 03:08 PM
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Ive been using the Win. Dynapoint HP, flash plated 45gr. lead for about a decade, fps has been about 1500 chron'ed. These have way more 'thwack' on junk steel than any 22LR load. Yeah they drop, but think of them as 'buff loads'. I used to campaign it in an Ol' Varmints Match at the club I was in and did well. Targets were bench paper at 50yd and full size varmint critter steel at random distance out to 100 off hand.
Would have tried those jacketed loads but our rules were lead in either the small bore cf's or the rf's that the match was intended for to get them out of the corner of the safe or closet.
Btw, my ballistics were similar to the old 22WCF, the grand dad of the much improved 22 Vierling (German) and then 22 Hornet.

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Old 12-30-2018, 07:10 PM
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I like the 50gr federals most because they are dead on at 50,35,25 and are a 1/4 low at 15... Ill be using them tomorrow morning for some late season squirrel action...
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Update on my Henry.
It has been determined that it will not stabilize Hornady 45gr nor Federal 50gr bullets. Both produce sideways hits on the target at 10 yards.

CCI used to group well, but that went away too. Went from 1" 100 yard groups to 10" clusters.

Rifle going back to Henry.

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I have a few boxes of Federal 50 grain JHP. Is there any advantage to the heavier grain weight over the 30/40 grain rounds? They shoot well-but are something I picked up during one of the ammo scares. I am sure they drop much faster than the lighter loads. I shoot a Marlin 781 from 2005. It shoots well with a variety of loads.

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I doubt that they would do much better on larger vermin than the 40gr HP. But if you have shootum.
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Old 03-03-2019, 05:16 PM
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The 45gr critical defense Hornady ammo does well in all my guns the Aguila 40 great softpoint is next the the 50gr and 30gr option. Only thing that I have seen absolutely horrible groups out of is the 30gr cci+v. Everything else is 2" or better at 100 so it's kind of a pick your poison situation. That's with 5 22mags ale micro grooved Marlins. 782, 783, 883, 922m, and a 925.
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