Want!OATH Expanding and Fragmenting Slugs
Taking 12ga to a whole new level of destruction.
12ga slugs have been rightly known as good stoppers on dangerous game, but tend to over-penetrate in hominids. OATH Ammunition has two new designs that solve over-penetration along with greatly improving reliability in box-fed shotguns.
Above is their 1.25oz 1600fps all-copper slug designed to expand to an incredible 2.5? and penetrate just enough to punch through a hostile human with little energy left to harm anyone downrange. If you?ve ever heard the expression: ?a hole big enough to toss a cat through,? consider that cats can fit any opening larger than their heads, and smaller breeds have heads under 2.5? in circumference. The copper or aluminum expander die visible in the middle ensures reliable opening even through heavy clothing. The die itself penetrates deeper than the expanded slug.
Loaded in machined brass cases, these cartridges won?t deform out of round under spring pressure even in 10 or 12 shot box magazines of shotguns like MKA1919 or Saiga. These photos show display samples. The actual production slugs have sharp leading edges. These will be available in 2.75? length and also in 2? for tube shotguns that can feed shorter ammunition and would benefit from additional capacity.
The billet machined cases don?t suffer from stress cracks like the drawn variety and have been tested to 1,000+ reloads with no measurable degradation. In both WW1, WW2, and Vietnam, US Army used paper or plastic hulled shells and found them lacking in resistance to humidity, eventually going to brass. The OATH loads just starts out right. Having solved the challenge of making machined reloadable aluminum cases, OATH will also offer ballistically matched practice loads at lower price than these premium shells.
The frangible slug is enormously heavy at 2.25oz but slower?1200fps?so that the muzzle energy of the two loads is similar at 3100ft-lbs. Upon impact, this all-brass (except for the 40 grain copper expander die) projectile breaks up into half-dozen 158 grain sharp triangular pieces, each spreading about 15 degrees to the side of the initial direction. Penetration is likewise limited to the depth of a rib cage, producing very good stopping effect without over penetration.
On the left, experimental expanding slug with a flat die, on the right, the fragmenting slug. Both may be fired from a smooth bore with roughly two inch dispersion at 25 yards, but rifled shotguns are ideal for best accuracy. The lighter projectile has been tested to yield groups under 2 inches at 100 yards with Remington 870 Deer Gun. Precise machining and jacket-less monolithic construction have their pluses.
The high energy and impressive precision turn modern rifled shotguns into light safari rifles, suitable for most North American game at short range and eminently functional for defensive social use. Just don?t fire them from lightweight single shot or side by side shotguns?your shoulder won?t like it! In a gas operated autoloader or a defensive pump with a full-length tube, recoil is far more reasonable.
Both of these loads will be available for purchase on OATH web site by the end of January 2016.
A .50 is the gun equivalent of the Lamborghini LM002 - stupid expensive to buy, stupid expensive to use, rare, utterly useless, looks ridiculous... but let's be honest here, who wouldn't want one if they could afford it?Titanium is pretty strong, yo.
This guy knows how to spend money.
Those Henry rifles look so nice. Also, a .50 rifle is the most stupid, overpowered penile compensation device I've ever seen and I need one. Those sparks! :lol:
I am not a fan ot the LM002, but I completely agree with the analogy.A .50 is the gun equivalent of the Lamborghini LM002 - stupid expensive to buy, stupid expensive to use, rare, utterly useless, looks ridiculous... but let's be honest here, who wouldn't want one if they could afford it?
No, really, they get bigger.
That's probably .50 Beowulf, not .50 BMG.Out here in the wide open spaces away from the crowded coasts, the .50 BMG does actually have a valid role in hunting - especially up in mountainous Colorado way. It's useful for very long range shots, which is what you often get in such country. They're used for elk, deer, moose... and in Texas, some people use them on wild hogs because those damn things sometimes actually *do* take military grade weaponry to kill.
That one was 500lbs. And yes, that's a large caliber modern sporting rifle (AR-10 variant, looks like) he used to take it with - one of those 'evil assault rifles' according to some.
Yes, they get bigger than that. They're all fast, mean and lethal.
This. Their skulls are very thick (hurr hurr) and there are some insanely huge and resilient ones. You want to make your one shot count.I think the standard is "I really don't want this angry hog to turn around and gore me, so let's make damn sure it dies right away" rather than what will or will not kill a hog under normal circumstances.
They are remarkably sturdy animals.
I find it hard to believe that a .30-06 or .338 Win Mag is inadequate for a hog - they're popular Kodiak rounds, for G-d's sake! Then again in my state a .223 is plenty
Pretty much this. Also, Lev, you need to keep in mind that not all hunting is done for sport or for food. Hunting can also be done to control the population of dangerous animals - hogs will attack livestock, barnyard animals, pets and yes, humans. That's one reason my FAL is built the way it is - my friend's ranch in South Texas is often overrun with feral hogs and they do attack both his animals and his family. My FAL is set up for me to go sit up on top of his barn and take the damn things out as they enter the cleared lands around his buildings on occasional pest eradication trips. No, I'm not crazy enough to go looking for the damn things in the brush, but I completely understand those people carrying chopped down Barretts and such to do so. Sometimes one .308 NATO to the head is *not* enough to drop a feral hog, believe it or not - but I've never heard of one not dropping from a .50 BMG hit. As LiveToWin points out, you really don't want to just make the hog angry, still able to easily come gore and kill you.I think the standard is "I really don't want this angry hog to turn around and gore me, so let's make damn sure it dies right away" rather than what will or will not kill a hog under normal circumstances.
They are remarkably sturdy animals.
Boars also develop a 'wonderful' hard armor-like shoulder plate on each side when they get over 125lbs. Some rounds and some angles will result in a rifle round just bouncing the hell off the hog's shoulder. A big boar facing you head on is more than a little like a tank bow on to you.This. Their skulls are very thick (hurr hurr) and there are some insanely huge and resilient ones. You want to make your one shot count.