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Old 06-16-2020, 09:11   #1
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When was the last time you saw a box of these? It pays to look behind the work bench now and then. I bought these over 30 years ago, and 14 rounds are still inside. The price on the box is $4.95.
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I have a box about half full of the old remington bronze tip. Dropped an antelope buck at 450 paces across the prairie while he was surrounded by does. My old .270 model 700 with a Leupold M8 4x. This stuff was old when I made that shot back in 1980 ish.
I had to ask my partner what happened because the does went everywhere when I shot. He said, Chill, that puppy dropped like a rock! I had her sighted for 300 so a little Kentucky windage. I should go try a couple now.
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Hansen was a Connecticut business just down the street from the Ruger "Red Barn" facility. Their line of ammo was made in Yugoslavia but the Balkans war put an end to their supply. I thought I had seen some fairly recently but probably am confusing it with the Herters line of ammo that Cabelas sells.

Chill, those Bronze Points were outstanding deer and antelope rounds but you could ruin some meat if you weren't careful where you placed the shot. They were almost explosive in the expansion department.
I remember handloading bronze Points in .270 and 30/06 in the 70s and 80s.
They were very streamlined with a sharp point and had a good B.C.
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Still shoot BP's in my M70 .308
Have around 500 bullets left, they work better with today's powders
then the old stuff. I've had good and bad results on deer.
Some expand like crazy some not so much.
Been using these since the seventy's.
Bought a bunch before Remington dropped them.
Hogs are DRT with them.
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When was the last time you saw a box of these? It pays to look behind the work bench now and then. I bought these over 30 years ago, and 14 rounds are still inside. The price on the box is $4.95.
I have three boxes left of Hansen 7.62x39, also 30 years old in the same style boxes you have pictured. I have two boxes of 123gr PSP and one box with the stubby round nose 123gr bullet that looks like it belongs in an M1 Carbine. It was made by Privi Partisan (PPU) in the former Yugoslavia in the same facility that is now in Serbia. The facility didn't move, but the borders did.

The name Hansen was just a nice sounding Euro-American brand name for marketing purposes. I shot a lot of it in early 1990s. It was inexpensive, accurate and hard hitting, brass case, Boxer primed and clean. Now PPU sells the same stuff under their own brand name.

I still see NOS Hansen 7.62x39 for sale on Gunbroker. I just passed on 5 boxes of PSP. The shipping cost was a deal killer for me. Worked out to be $11.00 per box with shipping. I was tempted, but not that much.

Since I have so little Hansen left it has souvenir status same as my 2 boxes of Lapua. I won't likely shoot it unless I have to.
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Bronze points in my Ruger 77 in ,270 were my favorite meat maker. Good medicine!
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