What ammo is used for test targets?

Discussion in 'Nighthawk Custom' started by Xring, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. Xring

    Xring Member

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    Dec 31, 2018
    I figure someone here might know the answer to this question...

    What ammo is used for shooting the test targets?

    The test targets indicate bullet type and weight ... but no information whether it's factory or handload, etc. unless I missed something.
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    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. NighthawkRep

    NighthawkRep Well-Known Member

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    Jul 10, 2015
    We use reloads for our test targets.


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  3. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
    Isn't SWC , Signature Wilson Combat ?

    I bet if you call or email Wilson they will tell you exactly what they use
     
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  4. Xring

    Xring Member

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    Dec 31, 2018
    Thanks for the quick response!

    Follow up questions:
    • Are the reloads your own, or do you get "factory" reloads?
    • If they are "factory" reloads, are they from Freedom Munitions, etc.?
    • If they are your own, what's the recipe? :smile2:

    Thanks again in advance!

     
  5. NighthawkRep

    NighthawkRep Well-Known Member

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    Jul 10, 2015
    We do our own reloads. The load we use is 4.6gr of Titegroup loaded behind a 200gr semi wad cutter with an OAL of 1.250”.



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  6. Xring

    Xring Member

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    Dec 31, 2018
    Same specs for the JHP and FMJ?
    Thanks again!

     
  7. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    SWC... semiwadcutter ........ yes?
     
  8. NighthawkRep

    NighthawkRep Well-Known Member

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    Jul 10, 2015
    I’ll have to double check on Monday. The OAL will be different but I’m not fore sure about the powder. I’ll get back with ya when I find out!


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  9. Xring

    Xring Member

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    Dec 31, 2018
    Thanks and have a great weekend!

     
  10. NighthawkRep

    NighthawkRep Well-Known Member

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    Jul 10, 2015
    You as well!


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  11. DukeSoprano

    DukeSoprano Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Jan 17, 2013
    I feel bad wearing my Wilson Combat hat at the range while shooting my New Nighthawk Falcon....... SHAMELESS I AM!!!!!!!! :eek:
     
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  12. Xring

    Xring Member

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    Dec 31, 2018
    :cigar:

     
  13. pscipio03

    pscipio03 Fun O' Meter on FULL

    Mar 11, 2013
    I handload the exact same load WC uses for their test targets. On the test sheet, it says what handload they use (or at least used to)-
    200gr SWC (which stands for semi wad cutter)
    1.25 oal
    .469 taper crimp
    4.8 gr Bullseye

    Most factory ammo, aside from match grade ammo, will not offer the same accuracy and repeatability as handloads. Plus, match grade ammo is very expensive. You can imagine how much it would cost to do test fires for every pistol made- it adds up. So, instead, you can run a year’s worth of ammo in a day off a 1050 for a fraction of the cost and get the same accuracy levels.
    Also, I suspect most manufacturers will have pet handloads for each size pistol to get max accuracy. My load above is what I know they use in Govt sizes- they may use a different variation in commander sized.
     
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  14. Oldgunner

    Oldgunner Well-Known Member

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    Mar 30, 2018
    FYI, STI uses (or used) Atlanta Arms Elite ammo for testing their .38 Super pistols. 124gr. JHP minor power factor at the time I bought my STI Edge. However, unlike STI, Wilson Combat manufactures and sells its own line of ammo so they have all of the equipment to "do their own".
     
  15. NighthawkRep

    NighthawkRep Well-Known Member

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    Jul 10, 2015
    Xring, I checked with the gent that does our reloading and 4.6gr of powder is used in all of our .45 loads no matter the bullet.
     
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  16. Hawker7

    Hawker7 Member

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    Sep 20, 2017
    I always thought that 4.8 of bullseye was a little hot. I run 4.2 of bullseye with a 200 SWC and get just over 1" groups at 50 yards with my Bullseye 1911's that have the 1.5" guarantee.
     
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  17. Busa Dave

    Busa Dave Well-Known Member

    Mar 3, 2018
    That was a funny one love it! :)
     
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  18. pscipio03

    pscipio03 Fun O' Meter on FULL

    Mar 11, 2013
    I wouldn’t say it’s hot, about the 925 FPS range out of a gov’t
     
  19. Hawker7

    Hawker7 Member

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    Sep 20, 2017
    Should have said hot for a target load.
     
  20. pscipio03

    pscipio03 Fun O' Meter on FULL

    Mar 11, 2013
    Oh, yeah. I find it pretty close in accuracy out to 20 as my 230gr HST that I carry. So, usually practice with that