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Old 05-17-2011, 08:29 PM
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Went back to the range today and tried the Barnes TEZ's with 100grs of pyrodex instead of the blackhorn and they shot awful,it was about a 6inch group. I've just come to realize that the barnes T ez's aren't going to shoot good out of my rifle.I've tried 90grs,100grs,110grs and 120grs of blackhorn 209 and 100grs of triple 7 and the best I could get was about 2 to 3 inch groups.So I just went back to what i've been useing for the past 4 years,the Hornady FPB. I've been useing the FPB ever since they came out and have taken 5 deer with them,and have been pretty satisfied.I get great groups with 2 50gr pellets of triple seven.
I wanted to keep useing the blackhorn powder but it just didn't shoot the FPB bullet good,so im off to bass pro to pick up some more FPB's and triple 7. I guess there is no need to try to fix whats not broke. I was just wanting a more "long range" load.The 350gr FPB doesn't seem long range to me.I think im gonna get a pack of the 300gr FPB and see how they shoot. Anyone try the 300gr yet? I wonder if a rifle shoots the 350gr good will it shoot the 300gr FPB good? Anyway,this is what the Hornady FPB has always provided me with,all day every day for the past 4 years.
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Old 05-18-2011, 04:33 AM
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nice shooting.. keep up the testing.
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:05 AM
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Have you tried using a different sabot? BH 209 usually likes a snug fitting sabot. I wouldn't give up on it yet. If you can get it to shoot that would be an awsome combination.
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:21 AM
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You could drop down in weight and go with the 250gr Barnes T-EZ and then switch out the supplied sabot with Harvester smooth's for under 300gr bullets. 100-110gr BH209 should have them shooting tight. What color are the sabots with the 290gr bullets (yellow or blue) and what primer are you using?
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:16 AM
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They are the blue sabot's and Im useing the federal 209 shotgun primer.
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:45 PM
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Sounds like the FPB's were shooting good for you. if you feel like given the barnes another shot, i would also try the harvester crushed ribs. the supplied blue sabots are mmp-24' Omega suggested the .250 TEZ's shoot tight groups in most rifles.. Ray
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:15 PM
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My buddy's Endeavor shoots the Barnes 250gr TEZ really well with a black cr sabot and a 120gr of BH. Shoots moa at 100yds.
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Old 05-19-2011, 03:22 PM
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Well friend, IMO if the T7 and Hornadys shoot good for you and the BH209 and Barnes don't then its a no brainer. Shoot more for less and shoot better. Its fun to experiment but like you said - if it ain't broke, don't fix it. But you can always look for a better combo and still have your old reliable to fall back on.
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