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Drhorsepower
03-04-2013, 10:52 PM
I'm curious on folks thoughts on bullet attributes.

Do you prefer a bullet that holds their weight retention? Spread out and create alot of damage? High bc? What do you guys think?

Caseyu
03-04-2013, 11:05 PM
I like them silver with mountains on the side :cool:

Grantbvfd
03-04-2013, 11:12 PM
High weight retention and great penetration. I like a do it all bullet with a good bc and can penetrate good on a quartering away elk.

Ikeepitcold
03-04-2013, 11:17 PM
I like them silver with mountains on the side :cool:

Hahah that came sooner then I thought it would. I was going to go with pointy on one side flat on the other and goes boom. Sorry Dr I had to. :-)

dhershberger
03-04-2013, 11:44 PM
I like the Core-Lokt because it's the deadliest mushroom in the woods, its cheap, creates massive wounds channels, and gets the job done!

shootbrownelk
03-05-2013, 06:09 AM
That should be, pointed on one end and boattailed on the other. weight retention, reliable expansion and accuracy...Barnes TTSX.
Hornady GMX work best for me, on everything from antelope to elk.

xtreme
03-05-2013, 08:00 AM
I like different bullets for different jobs. I like high BC like Berger, I like a bullet to spread out and do a lot of damage like Berger if my grandson is going to shoot a bear without back up. Bergers do work exactly as advertised. I also use Berger for long range. I shot my 180.5 mule deer with Berger this year. My Browning likes them.
Shooting elk or deer in the Remington its like dhersberger says about the Remington Core-Lokt. They are the bargain for factory bullets IMO. If its not long range then its Remington Core-Lokt. Hornady Amax is doing an awesome job for me in the 22-250. I shoot them at 3717 for the 52 gr. My rate of twist wont let me get much heavier and I really doubt it needs to be.

Bitterroot Bulls
03-05-2013, 08:25 AM
I want a high BC bullet that shoots accurately, and kills game of all sizes.

Some kill through weight retention. Some kill through fragmentation. They need to penetrate enough to get to the goods, and I don't care one way or another if they come out the other side.

I have had good luck with both styles.

Modern hunting bullets are all so good, I end up getting the highest BC bullet I can that shoots from my rifle.

Umpqua Hunter
03-05-2013, 10:30 AM
Hahah that came sooner then I thought it would. I was going to go with pointy on one side flat on the other and goes boom. Sorry Dr I had to. :-)

Don't forget round IKC....round is important too!

I love Nosler Accubonds, and want to work up a load with Bergers.

packmule
03-16-2013, 10:00 PM
I like bullets that will retain weight with decent BC. The bullet I've chosen to load for most of my rifles is the Nosler Accubond. I really like to shoot TTSX if I'm shooting over 3500fps and around 2800 I'm not all that picky.

packer58
03-16-2013, 10:51 PM
I want a bullet with a high BC, stays together long enough to make it to the boiler room and has moderate weight retention. The Accubond does this in spades. I believe Nosler is releasing thier new AB shortly with an even higher BC, can't remember exactly what it is off hand.

BobT
03-17-2013, 09:23 AM
One that says Nosler on the box!

Bitterroot Bulls
03-17-2013, 11:52 AM
I want a bullet with a high BC, stays together long enough to make it to the boiler room and has moderate weight retention. The Accubond does this in spades. I believe Nosler is releasing thier new AB shortly with an even higher BC, can't remember exactly what it is off hand.

It is the Accubond Long Range:

http://www.eastmans.com/forum/showthread.php/3755-New-Nosler-Accubond-Long-Range!?highlight=accubond+long+range

Colorado Cowboy
03-17-2013, 12:24 PM
For elk I use nothing but Nosler Partition! I know it's old school compared to all the new bullets. But I'm old and it woks for me. I use Sierra Spitzer BTs in my deer and antelope loads in 30-06 & 25-06. Again old school, but has served me well for over 50 years. Besides as I've said before....Dead is dead!!!

Musket Man
03-18-2013, 10:43 AM
All I use are Remington Core-Lokt's in my 270. I have had great success with them and mostly 1 shot kills!

ivorytip
03-24-2013, 07:44 AM
core lokts work best in my .270 aswell. has never let me down. shot a large bull moose @ 200 yards with 150g and that beast of the woods only made it 20 yards. big fan of accubonds and nothing but hornady for levraction:)

In God We Trust
04-12-2013, 09:47 PM
Mine must say Nosler, it depends on the animal whether the box says "Partition" or "Accubond".

1100 Remington Man
04-25-2013, 10:50 AM
1. It has to Shoot under MOA
2. What's the Game to be Shot
3. I have Sierra, Nosler & Hornady as my Favorites & All make Great Bullets, I do have a Box of Barnes bullets but yet to try.

spark
04-25-2013, 08:37 PM
I'm like Xtreme. Depends on the application. I've shot them all at one time or another for one reason or another. My favorite is the one I'm using at that particular time.

canvsbk
04-26-2013, 03:33 PM
Accubond ..........

Timberstalker
04-26-2013, 04:38 PM
Has anyone used the Nosler Balistic Tip "Hunting" bullet? I'm thinking about using it on my antelope hunt this year. My 25-06 loves the original 100 gr BT but it didn't hold together to well on a deer I shot with it. I tried the the 110 accubond, I recoverd the second bullet from my ram and it had zero mushroom to it, that didn't impress me too much. Not to mention it didn't group as well as the 100 gr BT, it did the job though.
I agreee with the rem Core-lokt, I still have a tough time out performing it at shorter distance, which is usually what I end up with. But for my antelope hunt I want something that shoots like like the BT, the accubond isn't the answer for this rifle.

Bitterroot Bulls
04-26-2013, 04:43 PM
TS,

Have you considered a Barnes TTSX?

I am surprised at the AB experience. That is pretty unusual.

Timberstalker
04-26-2013, 04:53 PM
BB, I have not tried the BarnsTTSX. I spoke to the guys at the Nosler factory last year about the accubond. They agreed that my rifle should shoot the 100 gr bullet better. The no mushroom thing is a mystery, I havent taken the bullet to them yet, but it is something they said they would like to see. I always forget to bring it when I go there to buy seconds.

Bitterroot Bulls
04-26-2013, 05:03 PM
BB, I have not tried the BarnsTTSX. I spoke to the guys at the Nosler factory last year about the accubond. They agreed that my rifle should shoot the 100 gr bullet better. The no mushroom thing is a mystery, I havent taken the bullet to them yet, but it is something they said they would like to see. I always forget to bring it when I go there to buy seconds.

I am curious about what they say. Almost like they bonded the whole core, instead of just the rear portion.

Check out the Barnes. The BCs aren't really high, but not terrible either, and the factory numbers are pretty close, in my experience. On-game performance is pretty great, IME.

Timberstalker
04-26-2013, 05:07 PM
I am curious about what they say. Almost like they bonded the whole core, instead of just the rear portion.

Check out the Barnes. The BCs aren't really high, but not terrible either, and the factory numbers are pretty close, in my experience. On-game performance is pretty great, IME.

I may try the barns too. I will also try to get that bullet in and see what they say.

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Catahoula12
04-27-2013, 07:52 AM
I personally like bullets with high bc. Speed is not a factor, rather if you reload pick your bullet weight and powder them differently and see what give you the best groups through your rifle. Personally I use Nosler 140 accubonds with a bc of 496..

Bitterroot Bulls
04-27-2013, 09:11 AM
TS,

Although all of my recovered accubonds have a more traditional mushroom look, it does look like the front of that bullet did expand, and fragment, leaving the bonded portion.

Did you strike a lot of bone with that shot?

Timberstalker
04-27-2013, 09:46 AM
BB, I'm not real sure. The shot was close, 35-40 yards, I was aiming for the back of the neck as he was trying to get his feet under him. The bullet entered high in his left flank behind the shoulder and ended up in the skin of his throat. I don't recall alot of broken bones, I'm sure the spine was hit in the path. I didn't gut it out, I just skinned/caped and boned him out. Like I said, not alot of broken bones though.

1100 Remington Man
05-01-2013, 07:34 PM
I'm a fan of Nosler's 120 gr BT in my .264 Win Mag from Deer to Antelope it has worked very very well for Me. But better bullets are being made every day. We are experiencing the best there has ever been, But they will continuing to get better.