Hi guys, this is my first post but I've been lurking here for a while.
1000 180 gr pulled HSTs just arrived at my house this evening. I already have some longshot and CCI 300s, but I'm waiting for dies and brass so it may be a month or so until I can start working up a load. I am currently in law school and am just getting started reloading, but have been researching and reading on the subject for a long time now.
Anyways, I haven't seen anyone really push these bullets to see how they'll perform at 1200+ fps. I wish that I could send some to tnoutdoors9 to test in the simtest with denim after getting them worked up, but I doubt that he would dare shoot them! I wouldn't blame him, I wouldn't shoot just anyone's handloads myself.
I am going to be shooting them out of a Gen3 G20SF with the stock barrel. I have both the stock 17lb spring and a 22lb brass stacker/ISMI setup.
My plan is to compare the overall dimensions to the XTP, and if they are similar, start at the minimum book load for 180gr. XTP and work up from there.
I am at the great disadvantage of not having a chrono. I won't be able to acquire one until at least next summer (birthday) due to living on a student budget. My wife was kind enough to allow me to buy $500+ of reloading stuff, for which I had to "trade" some other toys for.
I will just have to be careful, cautious, and methodical as I work up this load. As far as I can tell, this is uncharted territory that I am stepping into. I'm not planning on going "nuclear", but a nice warm load ~1250 FPS load should be doable.