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View Poll Results: What is your favorite big game hunting bullet .277-.338 cal
SMK 18 8.37%
Accubond 70 32.56%
Berger VLD 51 23.72%
Hornady A-max 14 6.51%
Nosler E-tip 5 2.33%
Other 57 26.51%
Voters: 215. This poll is closed

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Old 02-03-2009, 07:47 PM
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Favorite big game bullet -Poll

Well, here is what got me started thinking about this: I currently shoot a Tikka T3 factory 300wsm that has enough freebore using 180 NAB and was thinking of switching it up a little to the Berger 210 VLD. I then researched and found out that almost every one having luck with secant ogive bullets (more directly the VLD's) is mashing them into the lands or at least getting really close. Since I am pretty sure I'm going to stick w/ the NAB and probably just sort the a little by ogive distance.

Ya, I know I get long winded. Anywho, I though it would be interesting to see what bullets the members are preferring for big game hunting from .277 to .338 cal rifles.

Feel free to comment on what played a part on your decision.

Thanks, Mark
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:13 PM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

I have found good results with Barnes TSX in both my Tikka 7mag and remington 300 ultrs
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:38 PM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

Since your poll includes all big game hunting, and not just long range, I chose "other."

The AB is a great bullet and I use a lot of them, however, I'm one of the rare hunters that prefers the Swift Scirocco over the AB. But, I have more TTSX/TSX on my bench than any other bullet b/c it is tough, accurate, and blows through bone, or at least for me it has since I've been using them in 2003.

I do not care for SMKs for game. The only "match" bullet I like on game so far is the Berger VLD and I like them a lot. One reason I didn't choose the VLD has nothing to do with its ability to perform. It has to do with how it breaks up and leaves lead fragments in the meat. Because I aim for high shoulder, I tend to spread the lead in my backstraps. Whether or not this is causing me harm or my family has yet to be discovered but a lot of studies are talking more about it. I have ignored the bulk of the information so I cannot say if it is more anti-hunting agenda or what.

I don't know if I could ever settle on one bullet for everything simply b/c I like a variety. For example, in ONE 270 rifle I own, I have 6 different loads for it, including a 130 Scirocco/IMR4831 with Lapua brass, 110 TTSX/H4350, 130 TSX/Re19, 130 TTSX/H4350, 130 Nosler Solid Base/Re22, 130 E-tip/H4831SC. All shoot very well and I'd take any on a deer hunt or antelope hunt.
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:04 PM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

Berger VLDs for shots greater than 450-500 yds.

Nosler Accubonds for less than ~ 450 yds.

I load the Berger VLDs single shot for the long shots so there's no reason to eliminate that bullet from use just because you can't fit them in your magazine. Seat the bullet out to jam them into the lands 0.005" and then load them single-shot style for the truely long range shots.

Stack the Nosler Accubonds or whatever other bullet you prefer into the magazine for the closer shots where you may not have the latitude (time) to load them one at a time.
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:38 PM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

For the medium velocity rifles and shooting 300+ yards I prefer the Sierra Gamekings. I have yet to have one fail and I've taken 10+ Muleys with them at ranges of 75-500yds.

I have been thinking that I would like to develop some higher Velocity loads for my 7mm Rem Mag Sendero for Elk, I would probablly use Nosler AB or Hornady Interbonds.

I have taken 1 Muley with a Berger 168g VLD and It performed very well with a double lung shot at 332 yds. I am in agreement about the bullet upset and fragmentation, but It killed it stone cold dead.

Sierra Gamekings are best at velocitys of a .30-06, .270, and similar cartridges. Over 3200fps you will experience more bullet failure, and core jacket separation. My friend has had this problem with his 300 Win Mag and 165g Gamekings. He switched to a heavier bullet and all is well.

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Old 02-03-2009, 11:08 PM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

Although I use the 300SMK in .338 for my Edge and my 338AM and have taken my last 3 elk with one shot kills with it, my currently favorite bullet is the Accubond. I use it in several rifles and it is exceptionally accurate, reasonably priced and performs well.

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Old 02-04-2009, 12:36 AM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

In my experience, the Nosler Partition.

The B.C.s are not as good as the newer designs; but when you absolutely, positively need to kill something (from any angle), the PTs have never let me down.
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