Welcome to my world... I discovered the 52 a long time back, basically because I was seeking the faster twist.
Back then I wrote a little piece that indicated that I thought we might be overlooking a very valuable asset to ML hunting especially after Lehigh/Bloodline introduced the the .458-220 grain DOA...
I will like to copy and paste a couple of posts
Well I had a bit of time today and I really wanted to get some shooting in. The farm is to muddy so I headed to the Little Boulder Rock Pit.
I did debate about which rifle to shoot but it was an easy decision when I got to thinking about the Extreme 52. I know a lot of people consider this gun a wasted caliber, but for myself it is one of my more favorite guns to shoot. The rifle shoots lights out and is very reliable, but my biggest reason for getting one was the 1-26" twist that Knight uses in that caliber. The twist really makes it more valuable to me as it shoots longer heavier bullets that require a bit more stabilazation than a 1-28 might offer. Basically this rifle is my Elk rifle. I feel very confident shooting the long Bloodline/Lehigh offerings + the heavy long lead conicals that Bull Shop Dan offers.
Anyway grabbed the rifle and headed to the Rock Pit. Did not have a whole lot of time so when I got to the pit I just set up a bunch of clay birds. While I was setting up my new birds, I found a lot of broke birds that still had really good sized pieces left so I set them up also - to increase the challenge a bit.
I did end up shooting the shorter .458-275 grain DOA as this bullet is my universal bullet from the 52. I can use it both for deer and elk and not feel under-gunned.
Other than that not much else I can add except a couple of pictures... but it was a fun short afternoon.
I know the propriety thing bothers some because they fear that Knight can control the price and availabilty of the sabots. But, so far under the new company they have made them available and the price is very competitive with other MMP products.
Yes I would like to see a 1 in 24 in the 50 and a 1 in 20 in 45 or a even a 1 in 18, what do you think
Since I have been shooting the 1-24 twist in my Whites for years - I have always been fond of the rate in a 50 cal rifle. It is a proven twist for today. Although it is just not the twist rate but the depth of the grooves that should also be looked at.
At this point the the Knight Super DISC that I have has shown me that the 1-20 works very well for the projectiles I shoot. I know that the smokeless folks and builders are hangin their at the 1-22 twist rate. I do not have enought information to really know which twist might provide the widest variety of success with a wider variety of projectiles, both in length and caliber.
And since I do not know about the 1-22, I certainly am no better at predicting a 1-18 but I would lean to the fact that if the 1-18 were that promising we would have seen that move already from the independent people purchasing CUSTOM barrels.
When it comes to the 45 and bullets, other than sabotless, we are at the mercy and quality of the sabot
and getting the major sabot makers to make a big move in the 45 caliber market might be a tough sale until there is a bigger market.
Just some thoughts from the peanut gallery...