Just about to get into reloading for 10mm and am looking for opinions as to which school of velocity-vs-weight might be best for the 10mm.
I tried both directions with 44mag--180gr XTP's and lots of WW296/H110 and 300gr XTP's and not-as-much of the same powder. Something to be said for each of those--but settled on the 180gr going fast because of the much-flatter trajectory up to 100yds. Also, was devastating on deer at close/moderate range.
I typically settle on a load and don't load anything else. Costs more, but I always shoot the real thing/don't load "plinking" ammo at all.
After killing a bunch of deer with the 44mag proper and also killing several more using saboted 240gr XTP's in my muzzle-loader--and seeing how they expand/stay together, especially at higher velocities--I am very much stuck on that bullet. 155gr and 200gr weights "bookend" the 10mm XTP line and both seem more interesting than the 180's.
My 10mm is a RIA 6" and is carried daily out on our property for "eventualities" of any kind. That might range from an "attack deer" to a coyote to a black bear--and individuals here CAN go in the 600# + neighborhood--but of course most are MUCH smaller. I've opted to not use any kind of optics, so let's say 100yd max--maybe a bit less for "game" and maybe a bit more for Wylie.
I'm interested in hearing opinions, especially those backed up with personal experience--but I reserve the right to ignore true wisdom and just screw up on my own
Which is the "winning" school of thought in this caliber/situation--speed or weight?
Edited by Rabbi, Apr. 10 2016 - 03:44 PM.