Originally Posted by Riverman
I definitely agree with the comment "dead is dead". However my experience with Accubonds on elk is that they make it through the near side rib cage and then totally disintegrate leaving no exit wound. These are the most consistently accurate bullet that I've shot. Wild game is too important to my diet to loose a front quarter because my bullet blew up.
I have had very good luck with the new Barnes TTSX on moose and elk in both .338 caliber and .30 caliber. This is on shots from 30 yards to over 400 yards. All kills have been pass throughs and all bullets
have expanded leaving at least a twice the caliber exit wound.
I purchased some 168 gr. 7mm Barnes LRX bullets for my STW but so far I have not found any load data.
I reluctantly used 160 gr. Accubonds this season with the same explosive performance, DRT but lots of wasted meat.
I shot a cow moose this fall, with a 160 gr accubond. It blew clean through, 2-3 inch exit wound. Took out bought lungs, she went about 50 yards and piled up.
There wasn't 2 ounces of meat ruined. Perfect performance in my eyes. This is my only experience with the accubonds on game, and maybe I got lucky. Distance was approx. 250 yards, so impact velocity would be around 2750 fps.
I did however keep my shot placement back off the front shoulders, and in the ribcage, low enough to stay away front the loins and tenderloins. I too hunt for meat, and this shot placement rarely hurts any meat. It doesn't very often result in DRT, but does result in Dead Very Close.