I have acquired an old, like first year, 444 Marlin and have finally gotten ahold of some brass to load some ammo. Imagine my dismay as I found that there is no way, with cases trimmed to correct length, to seat a 300gr Speer Unicore FN to where it will chamber. First one I tried stuck in the throat filling my rifles action with a healthy dose of H4198 and forcing me to break out the cleaning rod. Ughhhhh.
So I took it to the shop to see if I could find a reamer to throat it with to no avail. Afterwards I decided I would just change to plan B and use the 270gr Speer Golddot FP. They are built the same way as a Unicore and should match speed and velocity for a good balance. Better penetration than 240s and more speed than 300s.
So while I was digging through my drawers and milk crates of reloading paraphernalia I happened onto a big box of Hornady 240gr silhouette bullets. They are the older style with a strange crimped looking tip and a tiny dot of lead exposed in the center. I had loaded a handful of these last winter for a buddy to use as plinkers in his 444. So I loaded a handful for myself and headed for the range, surprise surprise, they shoot dang good.
Which brings me to my question, what are these bullets supposed to do when they hit something? The other silhouette bullets I have seen are all FMJs but the tip on these makes me wonder if they are going to expand, or fly apart or what, I have no idea. I would like to use them if they might be a decent bullet as I have quite a few and it seems like I see more at every gunshow that can be had on the cheap but I'm unsure. Anyone have any insight as to how they might behave on game?
May e I'll just shoot them to be shooting them and pony up the cash for more Golddots to hunt with.