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Bullet performance @ 400-800+ yards

I have been experimenting with different type bullets fired into water jugs at different yardages and speeds. For you guys who shoot at these long ranges ever recover mushroomed bullets? Is it ever a problem with the bullets you use at 400 yards verses a kill at 900+ yards. The difference in speed of impact has to react in bullet performance. Any comments?
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    Re: Bullet performance @ 400-800+ yards

    You've gotta operate within your velocity window.
    I shoot bonded bullets, because I've had non bonded bullets frag on high speed impact (close range) & didn't like it at all. So I switched to bonded, & haven't looked back.
    The only downside is you've gotta have a recomended velocity of 1800 fps to get propper bullet expansion. This may limit your distance some. But the way I figure it, ill shoot a bigger cartrige if I need to shoot farther. I'm not gonna shoot fragile bullets.
    Some folks here swear by frags.
    Imo there's give & take with any choice. As long as you use your choice of bullet within its limitations, you'll be happy. If you really wanna push distance, use a soft bullet. Just don't expect them to perform the same way up close, & vise versa with tough bullets.
    Know what you want for terminal performance of a bullet, & know your bullets limitations, & stay within them for good results.
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    I have always been conscious of this particularly when using conventional bullet designs. I have had them blow at close range when driven at high velocities, and not expand at longer ranges. I have been impressed with the 140 Berger Hunting VLD's in my 6,5x284. I have had good performance from 200 yards out to 1000 yards. I think this performance is a combination of factors. The moderate muzzle velocity with high BC keeps my velocity range pretty tight, from 2970 at the muzzle to 1800FPS at 1000 yards. Also, and a very long bullet with high sectional density that maintains the ability to get both expansion and good penetration at both extremes. I believe the long , heavy for caliber bullets driven at moderate velocities have changed the shooting game, at least as far as long range is concerned. My current 6,5x284 set up out performs my prior rig at ranges beyond 600 yards. This was a 270WSM with 140 Accubonds driven at 3200 FPS I have been considering trying the 165 Matrix bullet in this rifle to get the wider bullet performance window.
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    Re: Bullet performance @ 400-800+ yards

    These work real well....and I can eat....right up to the hole!!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/61286670@N08/6692414415/http://www.flickr.com/photos/61286670@N08/6692414415/ by Sharps45 2 7/8, on Flickr
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    Re: Bullet performance @ 400-800+ yards

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    These work real well....and I can eat....right up to the hole!!


    Kal550 by Sharps45 2 7/8, on Flickr
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    Re: Bullet performance @ 400-800+ yards

    Now those are sexy!
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    Re: Bullet performance @ 400-800+ yards

    Sharpsman, you have to explain the white paper (?) to me. What is that?
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