We all know that bullet performance is crucial when hunting animals, but how much of that trust is earned and how much is just hey say because of the brand you choose.
Well this weekend i decided to put two bullets to the test to see if they could stand up to their name. The first bullet was loaded with a Peregrine 480gr VRG-3 point and 92gr of S335 powder and the second was a Hornady 480gr DGX also loaded with 92gr of S335. Both of these rounds were shot out of my Sabatti .450 Nitro Express at a speed of 2150 f/s.
So the test was shooting at a paper target into a heap of sand and then recovering the soft point to see the performance of the bullet.
The bullet on the left was the 480gr Peregringe VRG-3 and the one on the right the 480gr Hornady DGX.
From the pics above you can see that both bullets mushroomed but that the Hornady has deformed completely and has lost its lead core. So after this i weighed both of these points to check the weight retention.
The bullet above is the 480gr Peregrine VRG-3, it only lost 8gr from its original weight. To me that is unbelievable performance!
The bullet above is the 480gr Hornady DGX, this point has lost more than 216gr which in my opinion is pathetic performance from a dangerous game bullet from a well known supplier.
So if we compare the stats from above the Peregrine had 98% weight retention and the Hornady had 45% weight retention. My question to you would be the following : If you are hunting Dangerous game and your bullet performance is of utmost importance, would you risk your life on the Hornady or the Peregrine?
PH, Petrus Geldenhuys