In the past months, Sabatti has entrusted us with its new one, to our great satisfaction kipplauf SKL 20: being able to choose the caliber, we a priori avoided all the solutions with grooved case considering how the German orientation with the double version, grooved and collar, was the most appropriate choice. Three are the most common sizes with the 7x65R Brenneke leading the way, at least here with us, thanks to a sum of prerogatives that allow it to face without inferiority complexes from chamois to deer, with a high grazing and stopping power even at long distances that should not be forgotten: bullets between 6 and 11,5 g solve every situation.
The other two historical options are the 8x57R, more used in one hundred Europe for hunting in the woods, or the 6,5x57R, once in direct competition with the 7x65R and considered specific for the combination of roe deer and chamois. At that time the DWM cartridges with 6 g bullets ensured excellent grazing up to 300 m, a distance considered at the limit for a profitable solution with the goat of our mountains.
Very few then the kipplaufs, set up on traditional mechanics and therefore too expensive and too specific for a wide diffusion, on the other hand both billing and drilling are very common, always at a high price, but with a wide range use on all huntable game. in the mountains and beyond. In particular, the 6,5x57R caliber is combined with billing, by its nature rather light and therefore not to be tied to a cartridge with already well marked recoil, or to drilling with smooth 20-gauge barrels.
The new kipplaufs
The reinterpretation of Jäger mechanics implemented a couple of decades ago has re-proposed this solution in a modern key, and modern means the adoption of more suitable materials and subjected to machining of numerically controlled machines with constant repetition of the dimensions and reduction of costs: for the 'creator of the new course a substantial gain while those who followed it over the course of time leveraged an affordable purchase price, favoring the spread of these rifles. Sabatti is one of the companies that have chosen a sales price commensurate with the goodness of its product where various technical solutions that are decidedly improving on the original plant are observed. We have talked about it on other occasions and here we want to specifically deal with the cartridge that turned out to be perfect for the new SKL 20 from the Gardone company.
From RWS the 6,5x57R with 9,1g DK bullet
The search for original cartridges was not easy and we have verified, with regret, how this caliber has now been put off the list by many manufacturers: we are not talking about the Americans to whom these products say little (worse for them), but also of the Europeans. . Basically we found only two charges, both of the worthy RWS that thinks, wisely, of the many hunters still equipped with the mixed shotguns we have just discussed above. At the moment we focus on the charge that has given us a great satisfaction with the capture of a wild boar, precisely with the kipplauf Sabatti.
The pleasant-looking packaging takes into account costs and does not mix it with high-priced materials and graphics: we particularly appreciate also because the price is already high, but the total quality of these cartridges with perfectly machined brass casing must be recognized. primary stature, excellent for reloads, constant trigger, powder that best combines speed and pressure, satisfying precision and absolutely guaranteed terminal ballistics. The box played on shades of brown, in imitation of wood, and black with white company brands, has a transparent paper window that allows a glimpse of the cartridges inside. The various words are repeated in strategic places to allow verification without having to turn the container over.
Inside, two black plastic hives of 10 shots each reveal a total protection of the ball and a stop nail above the caseback so that, even if everything is overturned, the cartridges do not come out. Some attention is needed for extraction by pressing the case to make the block go over the top. For hunting we chose the DK bullet such as Doppel Kern or double core: we had never had the opportunity to experience it, except in the shooting range with a 7x65R drilling where he had achieved excellent shot patterns. In the back of the box drawings and writings clarify the prerogatives of the product: the conical cylinder shape recalls another RWS ball, the KS like Kegel Spitze which we will talk about soon in a future occasion, and the intrinsic precision unites them.
The ballistic progression in the game is quite different due to the first core with recessed and uncovered tip made of soft metal (Pb alloy) followed by the second in a much harder alloy and with a curved line at the junction to the first. The two elements are held in a tombac mantle with differentiated thickness, closed at the tail, which favors the mushroom-like expansion and subsequently the release of small parts of the apex pushed by the almost non-deformable rear mass. This creates a medium of consistent diameter and considerable depth, thanks to the thrust maintained by the almost intact mass. To complete the work, a peripheral median rim has the function of cutting the hair and skin of the wild, making a real punching and thus favoring the release of traces of the hair itself and above all blood for the work of the track dog in the case that the prey is not was stopped on the spot.
A lucky finding
A single example does not make history, but it can be said to be significant of the real possibilities of this bullet. Wild boar hunting from rooftop and wild that passes a little below in a shoreline lower than our site, gradually regaining that meter and a half of altitude as it moves away: the shot at about 40 meters in the few seconds in which the animal, sniffing something , stops. The angle of attack is greatly reduced in the shot that hits the back in the rear third: a few steps and everything is over.
Without going into details, we will say that the ball has affected the internal organs from the kidney, to the lungs, to the liver with a very marked way, ending the race in the animal's head where we didn't struggle to look for it. In short, even the theory of the bullet that must come out of the subject has its exceptions: certainly the 9,1 g Doppel Kern (140 gr) has excellent effects as a stopping power and without devastation of the body.
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