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Wanting load data for .256 Win. Mag. for Ruger Hawkeye Pistol.

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Lilhigbee, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. Lilhigbee

    Lilhigbee SE Portland Visit Target550.com Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Just bought a Ruger Hawkeye and started looking for load info. It is skimpy to nonexistent. Anyone have suggestions for loading the .256 Winchester Magnum??

    Thanks!!
     
  2. astro451

    astro451 Vancouver, WA New Member

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    I have never hear of a ".256 Winchester Magnum" or a "Ruger Hawkeye Pistol". Is the pistol a Ruger Red Hawk? Might the cartridge be a .327 Federal Magnum?

    My bad, I did find this cartridge in my Hornady manual but there's not a whole lot of data on it. They have load data for a 60 gr FP, 75 gr HP & V-Max plus a 87 gr SP.
     
  3. Darkker

    Darkker Mesa, Wa Active Member

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    www.hodgdon.com-->reloading center-->cartridge loads-->pistol-->256 win
     
  4. jonn5335

    jonn5335 Longview Active Member

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    Let me know if you ever entertain selling that Hawkeye . . . :)
     
  5. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    You should contact Spitpatch on this forum. I believe he has a fair amount of experience with the .256.

    The Ruger Hawkeye and the 256 Win Mag are absolutely not a Redhawk or a 327 Federal.

    Ruger Hawkeye - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  6. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Pay no attention to the Orygun behind the curtain. His mother named him poorly, and he is enamored with the .30-06: a tragic character flaw on face value.

    As for the .256, PM on the way to the pitiable owner of a Hawkeye.
     
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  7. cookie

    cookie THE SOCIALIST STATE OF KALI - FORNIA Well-Known Member

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    That is an oldie no???
     
  8. Rick4070

    Rick4070 Central Oregon coast Active Member

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    Ammoguide has 25 loads for the .256, using bullet weights between 60 and 89 Grs.
    I don't know how you all feel about Ammoguide, what with having to subscribe for a few bucks, but I've found it helpful on occasion.
     
  9. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Well, it was state of the art and forefront of its niche in 1963, and to this date still fills a huge gap in choice of cartridge (between a .25-20 and a .25-35) if quarter-bore is your cup o' tea.
    PB070109.jpg

    .25 caliber cartridges suitable for deer-size game:
    Left to Right: .256 Winchester Magnum, .25-35 Winchester,.25 PPC (wildcat), .250-3000 Savage, .257 Roberts, .25-06 Remington.