Originally Posted by TBuckus
Been reading more articles on this site and am I safe to assume that a heavier bullet will be more accurate over distance than a lighter bullet, even though it will drop more?
I used to think that a lighter faster bullet is the way to go.
Example; 130gr Accubonds vs 150 gr. Accubond LR's in a .270. The LR's will drop and additional 5" at 600 yds, but that would be my max that I am looking at shooting to.
My guns are standard hunting rifles. No heavy long barrels if that is a factor.
It depends on distance and wind. The heavier higher BC bullet will always end up the faster bullet at some point. After the smaller bullet, which slows faster, drops to the same velocity as the larger bullet, the rate of slow down and drop in the smaller bullet happens very fast. The higher BC bullet which in many cases is heavier may start out slower but will retain velocity longer due to the higher BC and less drag. So in the end the heavier higher BC bullet that starts out slower will arrive with a higher velocity , more energy, better chance of expansion and is less effected by wind. Not to mention the higher BC bullet will usually carry a higher sectional density which I prefer of game for terminal performance.
Bottom line, the less drag equals more retained velocity, and has less wind drift which is many cases is what we want to aid in precise point of impact and terminal damage.