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.300 Winchester Magum Bullet Choice - Expanded

 
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Old 01-04-2006, 09:46 AM
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.300 Winchester Magum Bullet Choice - Expanded

Forgive me for duplication on this and other sites, but I am trying to come up with a broad sample of what peoples thoughts and experiences are. The assumptions are that my favorite game to hunt is elk. Deer, Coyotes, Moose and Antelope are thrown in the mix...but elk is my passion. I have used several different bullets to take elk with and I am currently shooting the 200 grain Nosler Accubond. May change, may not...just looking for the best all around performer from 20 yards to 500 yards. Please share any and all experiences including as many pictures of recovered bullets as you have to help me decide.

Thanks in advance.

By the way, if you are shooting something different that what is shown, please list what they are.

Also, if you have any other experience that is not .300 Winchester Magnum, but is relevant, please add that as well. I would love to see all sorts of .30 caliber information posted. It would be really interesting to see the performance of a bunch of these bullets over a wide velocity spectrum.

Thanks again.
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Old 01-06-2006, 03:55 PM
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Re: .300 Winchester Magum Bullet Choice - Expanded

This one is not really "long range", but I think it is an interesting start.

This bullet was recovered from a 5x5 (2 1/2 year old) bull that was shot at about 30-40 yards. It came out of the pines quartering slightly uphill and towards me. I put the cross hairs on the shoulder and let er' rip. Bullet pulverized the shoulder and plowed on through to the vitals. I found it in the blood in the body cavity during field dressing. Bullet was a 200 grain Accubond launced at a muzzle velocity of ~ 3,000 fps. Recovered weight was 102 grains for 51% weight retention.

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Old 01-06-2006, 05:32 PM
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Re: .300 Winchester Magum Bullet Choice - Expanded

I know alot of people say that the old fashioned ballistic tip blows up to much for an elk bullet but everyone I know of really, shoots them out of the .308 caliber. I know one guy that shot an elk somewhere over 500 with a 180gr bt. I have shot one at somewhere less than 50. Both of theses where major bang flops. I know of another guy that shoots them out of a 30-378 and have where he has shot bulls at over 1000 yrds with them. I know he was recovered but that's about it. He shot from our property across the canyon and shot a spike in a spike only season. The ones that were closer ranges with hit in the back bone wich probably helped with the bang flop. I know that lots of people dont like them because of there blow up attitude but they have always done complete penetration for me. The one I shot at less than fifty broke both shoudre blades and back bone then exited. But thats just my expierences with them. Have a nice day
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Old 01-07-2006, 03:39 AM
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Re: .300 Winchester Magum Bullet Choice - Expanded

I had bad experiences with BT out of a 300 in 165. Just too hot. The Nosler book reommends not pushing them much over 3000fps for short range shooting.

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Old 01-07-2006, 08:27 AM
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I am shooting Accubonds in 180 and they do ok but just ordered some Barnes 165 TSX. The BC is close between the Barns 165 and Accubond 180.

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Old 01-07-2006, 01:23 PM
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Re: .300 Winchester Magum Bullet Choice - Expanded

Unfortunately, they are not. You can't believe Barnes' advertised BCs. The 165 TSX is going to have a lower BC than the 165 BT/AB and it'll be a good shot lower than the 180 BT/AB.

If you want to stretch the legs of that rifle, the plastic-tipped 180's or 200 AB are going to make life much easier than the lighter, lower BC bullets.

I'm anxious to try the new MRX's though. Their actual BC's should finally be on par with the Ballistic Tips, Accubonds.

Of course when you want to get really serious, the heavier Wildcats, when available, will be excellent choices. The new 210 SMK might turn out to be a great bullet as well.
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Old 01-09-2006, 06:04 PM
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I have had great performance with the 180 TXS out of my 300 win mag The accuracy is on par with any bullet that I have tried including 190 grain SMK's. The TXS's Have shot into groups from 1.25" at 300 yards to as low as .75" centers at 300 yards.I also made the longest shot of my hunting career this year with a one shot kill on an Antelope at 777 yards.The bc that I use is .525 for the 180 TXS that matches my trajectery when input in the Nightforce EX-Ball program
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