Clipping Sabots

This idea was floated out there by Toby Bridges. Interesting concept…

http://www.namlhunt.com/mlsabots2.html

I’ll run a 3 shot test with As-Is sabots and then a 3 shot test with the clipped sabots.

The thought is the clipped sabots will fall away from the bullet faster, resulting in less drag and an increase in accuracy. We shall see!

Myth: Blackhorn 209 Will Not Ignite in an Electra

There’s a lot of information on the Internet about Blackhorn 209 not firing in an Electra. I’m going to (sort of) dispel that myth.

Today I tried an experiment. Blackhorn 209 has a high igniting temperature – so high that the spark that will ignite everything else won’t ignite Blackhorn 209, or so goes the theory.

So I hit the range with the following speed loaders:

  • 6 speed loaders loaded with 10 grains of FFFG 777
  • 3 speed loaders loaded with 80 grains of Blackhorn 209
  • 3 speed loaders loaded with 90 grains of Blackhorn 209
  • 3 speed loaders loaded with 100 grains of FFG 777
  • No primers, because it’s electronic!

Weather was overcast with the wind 10mph in my face.

I was shooting at 50 yards from a lead sled and ran a wet patch followed by a dry patch after every shot.

For the first group (middle diamond), I did the following:

  1. Load 10 grains of FFFG 777
  2. Load 80 grains of Blackhorn 209
  3. Seat Hornady SST 250 bullet (red sabot)
  4. Wet patch, turn over, run it through again
  5. Dry patch
  6. Repeat steps 1-5

Doing this Blackhorn 209 successfully fired every time.

For the second group (lower left circle), I did the following:

  1. Load 10 grains of FFFG 777
  2. Load 90 grains of Blackhorn 209
  3. Seat Hornady SST 250 bullet (red sabot)
  4. Wet patch, turn over, run it through again
  5. Dry patch
  6. Repeat steps 1-5

Doing this Blackhorn 209 successfully fired every time.

For the third group (lower right circle) I did the following:

  1. Load 100 grains of FFG 777
  2. Seat Hornady SST 250 bullet (red sabot)
  3. Wet patch, turn over, run it through again
  4. Dry patch
  5. Repeat steps 1-4

By far the straight up 777 was the best group, putting two bullets in the same hole. However, I now know I CAN use Blackhorn 209 in the Electra (with a little help from our friends at Hodgdon)

Keep in mind I never had amazing accuracy from the Hornady’s out of this gun. The TC 200 Shockwaves have given me the best groups so far but more experimentation is needed, both on the bullet side and on the powder side.

Next time out I’m going to execute the following test on the Electra:

Using 260 grain Harvester Scorpion PT Gold

  • 70 grains of Blackhorn 209 (just to make sure the myth isn’t a myth)
  • 5 grains of FFFG 777 and 80 grains of Blackhorn 209
  • 5 grains of FFFG 777 and 90 grains of Blackhorn 209
  • 5 grains of FFFG 777 and 100 grains of Blackhorn 209
  • 90 grains FFG 777
  • 100 grains FFG 777
  • 110 grains FFG 777

And compare to my baseline load:

  • 110 grains of FFG 777 and TC 200 grain Shockwaves

This and future groups and loads will be available on the Muzzy Bio page.