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Unread 02-09-2011, 10:10 PM
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bonded bullets for long range hunting

what do you guys think about using bonded bullets for long range hunting. i have a 7 wsm and am having a hard time getting the bergers to shoot. i was thinking of trying the 160 accubond or 154 interbond. i was also thinking of the 162 hornady btsp interlock but some say they are two fragile. i would ike to have the capability to shoot 1000 but would peobably never shoot game at that range. max rage on game proly 800. please let me know what you guys think or if yo have any other bullets suggestions that would be great.
oh my rifle is a rem 700 s/a with a lilja barrel. 1-9 twist. thanks
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    Unread 02-09-2011, 10:28 PM
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    Re: bonded bullets for long range hunting

    I've shot deer to 403yds and coyotes to 575 with the accubonds and had great performance. They open well at lower velocity, even on small critters like coyotes. Nosler recommends them from an unlimited top velocity to 1800fps on the bottom end. You could run a ballistics program and see where your velocity would drop below 1800fps to get an idea of how far they would perform. I haven't used them at extreme ranges.
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    Re: bonded bullets for long range hunting

    The Hornady 162 BTSP is anything but to frail. She will make quick work out of any deer or elk. At least at WSM velocities.
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    Re: bonded bullets for long range hunting

    I turned to the 162 gr Amax after getting very frustrated with the Bergers. After seeing how devastating they are on deer and antelope. I'm shooting them at 3057 fps out of my 7 SAUM with a 28" barrel. My "normal" group is 2.5" at 800 yds.
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    so what do you think of the 162 btsp and 162 amax for elk size game. and what problems were seen with the bergers. i see alot of reviews that have very positive things to say about them??
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    Re: bonded bullets for long range hunting

    IMHO, my experience in Wyoming with the Hornady BTSP has been great for animals up to big mulies. Then I go to the Interbond for big critters like elk. I'm using them in a 30-06, but only out to about 350 yards because that's as far as my old eyes will let me see good and I'm shooting off of a tripod. The BTSPs are great in my 25-06 for antelope (50 grains of IMR 4350 behind 117 grain BTSPs) and in my 30-06 for deer (59.7 grains of IMR 4350 behind 150 grain BTSPs).
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    Re: bonded bullets for long range hunting

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    so what do you think of the 162 btsp and 162 amax for elk size game. and what problems were seen with the bergers. i see alot of reviews that have very positive things to say about them??

    I would go with a heavier bullet that the 162 Amax for elk. They would probably work, but I'd feel better with the 175 SMK. I do like Berger bullets, but my rifle doesn't. I couldn't get a consistent groups no matter what I tried.
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