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Old 09-07-2010, 08:21 AM
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.348 Model 71 Ammo - I love the North Fork Bullets

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I had been looking for some outstanding bullets for my old Model 71 Winchester (.348 cal), and recently got some of the North Fork (NF) ones. They look fantastic.
In comparing them to Hornady bullets and Barnes bullets, they appear to me to be a superior design. They have multiple driving bands and relief grooves that reduce barrel friction and pressure, with resulting higher velocities.
As I apply some basic principles of engineering, I came to the conclusion that the NF bullet design that has driving bands will yield a worthwhile increase in velocity while at the same time, the long ogive will substantially improve the bullet's retention of velocity at longer ranges. The fact that the NF bullet is 230 grains vs the Hornady being 200 grains and the Barned being either 200 or 250, also makes me feel that the NF 230 grain bullet will be better for heavier quarry, such as elk, which I love to hunt.
I plan to buy the NF .348 bullets.
Bob Nisbet
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Old 09-10-2010, 11:55 AM
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Oughta work! I've had the Hornady 200s do weird stuff like core separations in small deer running 2450fps out of my '71. I wouldn't give up on the Barnes 250s, though - I've killed deer through 6" pines with them. Plus they shoot to the same point as the 200s into a 2" group @100yds for me using the bolt peep on my '71. So let us know how the 230s do, but keep the 250s in the back of your head as a backup if needed. FWIW....

BTW - my .33s are LOVING the new Flex-Tips from Hornady....
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