GS Custom 150gr HV
I will be loading the GS Custom 150gr HV for my 3006 Marlin. I have loaded this bullet in my Weatherby Mark V 30-06 and reached 3154fps with a 24" barrel and very accurate with the most accurate load moving 3120fps. With RL-17 I should with my a 22" barrel reach just at 3100fps. With W760 and possibly Ramshot Hunter I will get 3020fps to 3050fps. The driving bands really make this possible and I have experienced the above mention velocities without going over max due to the GS Custom HV bullet's driving bands. Also, not only are they accurate but very effective on game and better than the TSX or TTSX after using both the GS HV and the Barnes TSX (and TTSX at the end) for a 4 year period from 2006-2010 (also the TTSX into 2011) on hunts with 4 different calibers, ending my field tests with these bullets in 2011.
At that time I had to purchase the GS HV bullets from South Africa and then through a second party (making them hard to come by and shipping was a killer) at the time, but are now produced for the US market right here in the USA in their new manufacturing facility in Indiana. Will be interesting to see how they shoot in my Marlin XL7 30-06 and if accurate I will use them some this coming fall, because I do know how well they perform terminally from past experience.
I am not giving up my cup core or bonded bullets, that you all know I like so much. The standard and traditional bullets have a spot to fill and do very well terminally, but I also am very impressed with what I have seen the GS HV Custom bullet do terminally. Anyway, it will be fun developing loads, sharing the data and results with you all and using them on my up coming hunts. I love to find ways to have fun when it comes to developing loads, shooting and testing them on my hunts.
Looking at Saturday morning to test four powders with the GS 150gr HV.
Cartridge on top of rifle is my 180gr Ballistic Tip load
I know some might complain about the cost of the bullets saying they can do what the GS does with their standard bullets and for much less. Well you can't do what this bullet does no matter how you want to slice it with standard bullets when it comes to exceptional velocity you get for the cartridge used. You all know how much I like standard bullets and the range of bullets I have tried on hunts and in culling events I have been invited to take part in. Anyway, the bullet is the cheapest thing about your hunt so why cut corners? That is why I have in the past spent the money on North Fork bullets for some hunts.
I have seen a GS 150gr HV out of a Ruger Hawkeye 30-06 at 3055fps at muzzle go from a frontal shot in the chest of a bull elk at 60yds and exit the back side of his right rear ham and he folded up and clasped in his tracks. Both me and my hunting buddy (who made the shot) were totally surprised, and just stood there looking at each other for a moment. When the elk was dressed the bullet's wound channel was not only impressive but it travel in a perfectly straight line (no major bone was hit on this shot just barely missed the large leg bone in the back leg).
He and I were both sold on the GS HV from that day on, just could not get them without a lot of trouble so in 2010 I stopped trying to get them. I would take it any day over the TSX which I have never been that impressed with though many are. Anyway, since I now can get a hold of them much easier and with less shipping difficulty, I will be back to testing them at the range and on game this coming year.
Link to GS Custom Bullets USA: http://www.gscustomusa.com/products.html