Duplex Saboting of Bullets
Dr. Edward Brown from Covington,
LA with a 300 yard kill shot on this 20 lb. propane tank using
175 Dead Center Duplex in his custom 77 Ruger Muzzleloader. The shot was taken from the tents in the background.
August 2006 - "Dead Center Duplex" bullets win the "World's Flattest Shooting Muzzleloader Bullet" contest. Click here for full report
Several days after my shooting session, one of my "test hunters" showed up at the shop to admire the new .357 x .45 sabots. I showed him all there was to see and then I laid the notion of "duplex saboting" of bullets on him. He sort of rolled his eyes and questioned my remaining sanity. Within minutes, we had the Encore loaded and out the door and his first group repeated my previous outing. We put up a fresh target and repeated the process with a Knight disc rifle and 120 grains of Pyrodex RS.
That was as far as the Duplex Sabot went as there was really no need for them as I already had six .45 caliber muzzleloaders.
September 15th, 2002
Two things brought me back to the Duplex Sabot thought process.
The first was the introduction of the 195 grain .357 Dead Center bullet. All testing to date confirmed that this bullet was the most pleasant shooting, highest ballistic coefficient bullet we had ever made. I decided to shoot this bullet on every hunt until it failed.
The second was the fact that I had just returned from our annual Caribou hunt and had spent five days lugging nine and ten pound .45 caliber muzzleloaders across the tundra. Walking several hundred yards to your deer stand with a ten pound gun is one thing but slugging across shin deep muskeg twelve miles a day with that same gun is something else.
My reasoning was that if I took the plunge and ordered the tooling to have the inner sabot inject molded, I would save at least one pound off my rifle while still getting the great .357 bullet performance.
My next call was to Del Ramsey of MMP for the tooling order and to get some kind of time line for the initial run. Del had just received a T/C Omega in .50 caliber that he was planning to use for the fall muzzleloader deer season and he was very intrigued with my Duplex Sabot idea. He had shot the .357 Dead Center in several of his .45 and was very impressed with their performance. Del got my order done sooner than it probably should have and we were off testing and shooting.
This is Del Ramsey, the inventor of the modern sabot, with his 154" class Whitetail Arkansas buck shot with his .50 caliber T/C Omega using the 175 grain Dead Center .357 DUPLEX SABOT.
Our testing is complete with the longest shot being a Whitetail doe from IOWA using a
Savage smokeless muzzleloader at 294 yards!
.357 Dead Center are now available for .50 caliber guns in weights of 175 and 195 grains. We are splitting 48 pacs into 1/2 175 grain and 1/2 195 grain to assist in load development.
Epp, the inventor of the Duplex Sabot for muzzleloader, on his
2004 Caribou Hunt with his .357 Dead Center Duplex
195 gr - .50 caliber Encore - 100 gr Triple 7 ff powder - CCI 400 small rifle primer - ACP breech plug -
MacTac tape securing the pin - QLA removed - XS Sight Power Rod - .50 Super Rat
352" Central Barren Ground Caribou - green score
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