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Old 01-11-2006, 11:54 AM
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Re: .257 Weatherby Magnum - Bullet selection

I've been shooting the 115 Nosler baltip in both of my .257 Weatherby's (Lazermark [japan] and Lightweight [USA]). I have had NO issues with the Nosler 115 Baltip at >3450 fps on antelope and mule deer from 100 to >400 yards.
I took a BIG caribou this year at 336 yards with 1 shot high into the off shoulder, bullet core did seperate from jacket found in the off shoulder. Dropped in his tracks, he did not know the core seprated. Shot first caribou at 125yrds in the ribs and exited the animal, very pronounced blood trail for 40 yards to the animal. I've been shooting this bullet for over 10 years and have had no issues as previously stated. Yes you will damage alot of meat if you take the midshoulder shot...you are shooting WEATHERBY Magnum! Why change what works?! I use H-1000 powder in both loadings w/215M primers.
Good luck with the other bullets. I'd be interested in yuor results.
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Old 01-11-2006, 01:21 PM
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Re: .257 Weatherby Magnum - Bullet selection

What the others have said... Ballistic tips can sometimes fail at higher velocities, and once is too much for me.
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Old 01-11-2006, 04:54 PM
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Re: .257 Weatherby Magnum - Bullet selection

Jim,

What are the details of your load?

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Old 01-11-2006, 07:18 PM
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Re: .257 Weatherby Magnum - Bullet selection

Hopefully I have some usefull info for you... I had a 257 wm and I shot an antelope with it at 427 yds. HUUUUGE hole. It was a frontal shot(not prefered and looking back wouldnt do it again.) and left a basketball size chunk missing from front shoulder. I also worked for nosler. The 257 accubond is going to be your best bet. They are infact softer than most bullets because they actually get annealed during the bonding process. This makes them foul worse also. But you wont find a bullet design that outperforms. I wish I could say different.(VERY BAD FEELINGS TWORDS MANAGEMENT) After seeing what all bullets look like inside and how they perform in gelletin and on game. My money still supports my least favorite people. As for any bullet any calliber any cartridge, your going to find bad experiences. The trick is to pick A setup and use it under the conditions it was designed for. nosler BTs great for perfect behind the shoulder shots. Very fast fatality. Add bone things get bad. Use an A frame or other partitioned bullet, it will act better against bone, but wont kill as fast if bone isnt involved. Good luck with your search for knowledge. By the way I shoot a 300 ultra mag and am building another 257 wm. I like tuff bullets and fast and flat guns.

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Old 01-12-2006, 10:22 AM
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Re: .257 Weatherby Magnum - Bullet selection

Jason,

What are you shooting out of your 300RUM?
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Old 01-12-2006, 10:29 AM
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Re: .257 Weatherby Magnum - Bullet selection

winnie, I use 68grs. of RL22. It is a relatively mild load that gives me 3468 fps, but shoots very well for me. A person I met on one of these forums sent me a formula for determining the velocity needed to stabilize bullets that uses the weight and length of said bullet and the twist of your particular barrel. For me it said that I needed to shoot it about 3300fps minimum. In working up loads I verified that the formula seemed to work as stated. Anyhoo....that's my load. Hope it will lead to a good one for you. Good shooting,
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Old 01-12-2006, 11:51 AM
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Re: .257 Weatherby Magnum - Bullet selection

Right now I use 96 grns of vv n165 and 180 accubonds. But its alot of preasure and alot of cleaning on stock remington crap barrel(fouls bad 10 shots and preasure go through the roof). I like the way 200 grnrs act alot better, but the seat way to far in the bullet to get vellocities that make them worth shooting. So I ordered another barrel with 10 twist and an extended mag to get my bullet out abit further to lessen preasure. This way I can shoot 200 grn accubonds or smks for paper and practice. Both bullets have about same ogive and BC in reallitiy. I will try H1000 again it worked pretty well before.

Ill get back to you with results....
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