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Lehigh Xtreme Penetrator for hunting?

Post by ~BumeRod~ » Sat Nov 19, 2022 12:20 am

This Underwood load is the most accurate factory load I have tried, thus far, out of my Big Boy X .45 Colt. Boy, does it thump! Wondering if anyone here has hunted with this bullet and what are your thoughts on effectiveness??? I know it is supposed to produce temporary and permanent wound cavities like a hollow point, but I would love to hear from someone that has actually used it. Any info appreciated!!!
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Re: Lehigh Xtreme Penetrator for hunting?

Post by JEBar » Sat Nov 19, 2022 10:10 am

I have a friend who has deer/black bear hunted with their 220g .429 ( 44 mag ) bullets and is well pleased with them
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Re: Lehigh Xtreme Penetrator for hunting?

Post by ~BumeRod~ » Sat Nov 19, 2022 11:18 am

JEBar wrote:
Sat Nov 19, 2022 10:10 am
I have a friend who has deer/black bear hunted with their 220g .429 ( 44 mag ) bullets and is well pleased with them
Fantastic to hear!!! Thank you for the info!!
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Re: Lehigh Xtreme Penetrator for hunting?

Post by leverjc » Sat Nov 19, 2022 2:56 pm

The ones I tried in my 1911 destroyed a gallon water jug like no other 45acp I have ever shot. No real world hunting experience but I thought i would add my 2 cents.
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Re: Lehigh Xtreme Penetrator for hunting?

Post by GunnyGene » Sat Nov 19, 2022 3:07 pm

Haven't tried it out, but I hear good things about those Lehigh bullets. And Underwood makes very consistent cartridges. You're probably getting a good bit more than the advertised 1400fps out of your Henry. If you have a chrono, you might want to check that. I wouldn't be surprised if you see around 1550 or better.

I have used their XTP .41mag for a few years, and thought about the Lehigh, but too pricey for me to switch. About $3/shot by the time you figure in shipping and tax. Double the cost of XTP.
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Re: Lehigh Xtreme Penetrator for hunting?

Post by ~BumeRod~ » Sat Nov 19, 2022 9:30 pm

GunnyGene wrote:
Sat Nov 19, 2022 3:07 pm
Haven't tried it out, but I hear good things about those Lehigh bullets. And Underwood makes very consistent cartridges. You're probably getting a good bit more than the advertised 1400fps out of your Henry. If you have a chrono, you might want to check that. I wouldn't be surprised if you see around 1550 or better.

I have used their XTP .41mag for a few years, and thought about the Lehigh, but too pricey for me to switch. About $3/shot by the time you figure in shipping and tax. Double the cost of XTP.
I was told by one Gentleman, that swears by the Underwood loaded Lehigh stuff, to expect closer to 1700fps + out of my 17" barrel. I would have checked myself, but my Dad accidentally shot my chronograph a couple years ago. :lol: I am looking at cheap chronographs as we speak. I need to know what velocity I am actually getting. I can tell you, in terms of recoil, the Lehigh load I pictured above is the burliest load I have shot yet. Sharp, harsh recoil for a .45 Colt load.
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Re: Lehigh Xtreme Penetrator for hunting?

Post by GunnyGene » Sat Nov 19, 2022 10:07 pm

~BumeRod~ wrote:
Sat Nov 19, 2022 9:30 pm
GunnyGene wrote:
Sat Nov 19, 2022 3:07 pm
Haven't tried it out, but I hear good things about those Lehigh bullets. And Underwood makes very consistent cartridges. You're probably getting a good bit more than the advertised 1400fps out of your Henry. If you have a chrono, you might want to check that. I wouldn't be surprised if you see around 1550 or better.

I have used their XTP .41mag for a few years, and thought about the Lehigh, but too pricey for me to switch. About $3/shot by the time you figure in shipping and tax. Double the cost of XTP.
I was told by one Gentleman, that swears by the Underwood loaded Lehigh stuff, to expect closer to 1700fps + out of my 17" barrel. I would have checked myself, but my Dad accidentally shot my chronograph a couple years ago. :lol: I am looking at cheap chronographs as we speak. I need to know what velocity I am actually getting. I can tell you, in terms of recoil, the Lehigh load I pictured above is the burliest load I have shot yet. Sharp, harsh recoil for a .45 Colt load.
That's very possible. I only have the 210grn .41 to go by, which chrono'd at 1738 (5rnd avg) out of my BBSC about 3 years ago. Advertised is 1560fps from a 6.5" test gun according to the company. When you get a chance, let us know. I'm sure everyone would appreciate it. :)
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Re: Lehigh Xtreme Penetrator for hunting?

Post by John E Davies » Sat Nov 19, 2022 10:55 pm

From my reloading log. Big Boy X carbine (17”5”)

.44 Mag hand loads 09/25/20
LEHIGH XTREME PENETRATOR 220 gr BEAR LOAD
Bullet diameter 0.429”
Starline brass (nickel) NEW
CCI 350 magnum
AA9 18.8 gr (Max is 18.9 gr)
COL 1.600”
Heavy crimp
1509 fps/ 17.4 SD
Note: Nice to process, seats evenly and smoothly. Lovely. Rounds feed OK in Henry (slight hiccup every now and then).

I do love these bullets but I don’t think you will see 1700 fps from that length barrel. But Underwood does magic with their Lehigh ammo. I carry their xTreme Defender factory ammo in my SP101 .327. I bought 200 of the Lehigh 9mm xTreme Defender bullets when they were on sale for $20 per 100 (!!!) at Midway USA, just to have in stock. I guess I am aLehigh fanboy, but I have never shot any animals.

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Re: Lehigh Xtreme Penetrator for hunting?

Post by John E Davies » Sat Nov 19, 2022 11:01 pm

~BumeRod~ wrote:
Sat Nov 19, 2022 9:30 pm
I am looking at cheap chronographs as we speak. I need to know what velocity I am actually getting. I can tell you, in terms of recoil, the Lehigh load I pictured above is the burliest load I have shot yet. Sharp, harsh recoil for a .45 Colt load.
Buy this and don’t look back, it is wonderful and it will work on a lever gun. As long as you don’t mess up the spacing, you can’t possible hit it with a bullet.

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I have used mine for everything except short barrelled revolvers and semi pistols (with slides). It works fine on a Ruger Mk series.. It even works great for 177 pellets at 300 fps. It is perfect for use while tuning an air rifle.

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Re: Lehigh Xtreme Penetrator for hunting?

Post by GunnyGene » Sun Nov 20, 2022 6:15 am

9mm Lehigh super high speed video gel test. I expect you'd see similar tumbling/corkscrew in other calibers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxRqYPpDCZU
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