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Old 10-22-2009, 11:33 AM
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225 Accubond vs Elk Report

A few more elk tags to fill yet with family and friends shooting this bullet but enough info so far for preliminary results. Have seen 8 elk taken with these so far by other hunters and the bullets recovered. So far every recovered bullet was completely spent with just a small portion of the jacket base and a small amount of lead remaining. No mushroom effect, just a small peice of the rear of the bullet remaining. Maybe 25 grains remaining on average. I shot a very large old bull, + 10 years-900+ pounds, with three shots through the chest at 750 yards and all three bullets recovered against the off side hide. All bullets completely spent, blown apart with no mushroom effect remaining. 338 ultramag at 3264 fps at 9000 ft el.

Some of these bullets went through shoulder bone and some through the ribs but all the results were the same. Not much remaining. One that went through the shoulder bone was a fragment of the base of the jacket and that was all the guy found. I am very concerned about these bullets for use on elk. All elk died quick and that is the primary goal but very concerned over the bullets not retaining their integrity. I have shot the 200 grain nosler ballistic tip out of my 338-378 at 3640 fps since that bullet came on the market. So have many guys I built guns for and family primarly using that bullet in 338-300 ultramags at 3360 fps. These were premium bullets that always had perfect mushroom performance from a hundred yards to a thousand. Never heard of a bad one out of a 100+ elk, deer, caribou, etc.

The AB has the great accuracy and BC but not the terminal performance I desire in a big game bullet. I wonder how Nosler can replace the great results of the 200 ballistic tip with an inferior 225 accubond product and double the price at the same time. I will report back in about six weeks after the cow elk hunts are over. Several friends and family are shooting these bullets so will report more results.

Looking for more info out there from other hunters using these bullets on elk. With the high BC and accuracy they are the best bullet I know of out there for elk out to a half mile where the 300 matchking takes over. Me and quite a few others spent quite a bit of time and expense switching over to these bullets mostly at my advise when the ballistic tips were no longer available. I want to know from other hunters are these results a fluke or is this what other guys are getting. Please include other calibers also, in particular the 200 grain 30 caliber accubond. Thanks for any help.
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:44 AM
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Re: 225 Accubond vs Elk Report

I used a 225 accubond last year out of a .340 with great results at a closer range.
About 150 yards
Retained 62% weight

Did just what I wanted.....

Sorry to hear you've had a bad experience with these...
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:24 PM
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Re: 225 Accubond vs Elk Report

LTLR,
Your experience is atypical, but please keep the information flowing. Some pics would be appreciated by all I'm sure. I'm wondering if there was a hiccup in the Nosler production line? Are your bullets all the same lot number (mass purchase)?

Thanks for reporting.
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Old 10-22-2009, 05:28 PM
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Re: 225 Accubond vs Elk Report

I use the 250gr Accubond In my 338 and have had very good results with them.

I started using the 225 s but did not get a chance to try them at extended distance (600
yards+) so I cant speak for them at long distance.

Both the 140 and the 160 accubonds in .284 have exceeded my expectations and the 200gr
in .308 also.

If I get a chance I will do a jacket thickness comparison to see if there is a difference between
the 225 and the 250 bullets.

Like you I used the Ballistic Tips for years for the long shots and was never disappointed.

I wished Nosler would make a 300 grain Accubond so we could compare them to the Match
King.

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Old 10-22-2009, 05:53 PM
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Re: 225 Accubond vs Elk Report

I used a .284 160 accubond to shoot a red hind at 300 yds. The hind was quartering towards me, the proj went through the neck vertebrae, through the chest and was lodged under the skin on the offside.
The projectile looked exactly like it should, good mass retention, nice looking mushroom. Unfortunately I lost it on the trip so could do no measurements.

On the 225 accubond I seem to remember Goodgrouper using them in his 338 thunder with good results. Here is his thread on elk at 700 with a 225 accubond 700 yard bull elk

Stu.

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Old 10-22-2009, 06:11 PM
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Re: 225 Accubond vs Elk Report

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I have shot the 200 grain nosler ballistic tip out of my 338-378 at 3640 fps since that bullet came on the market. So have many guys I built guns for and family primarly using that bullet in 338-300 ultramags at 3360 fps. These were premium bullets that always had perfect mushroom performance from a hundred yards to a thousand. Never heard of a bad one out of a 100+ elk, deer, caribou, etc.
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Did you know that Nosler still makes this bullet? Only now it's under the Combined Technology, Ballistic Silver Tip line.
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:27 PM
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Re: 225 Accubond vs Elk Report

I have had good results with 140grs Accubonds in 7mm-08 on deer. Last year I shot a moose at 504 yds with a 200grs Accubond in a 300 WM at 2935 fps at muzzle. The bullet entered behind the right leg, blew off half the hart and exited through the right shoulder. Exit hole was about 1 1/4" in diameter. So far from my perspective ABs are good to go.
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