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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


Favorite big game bullet -Poll

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Unread 02-04-2009, 09:49 AM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

barnes tsx,t-tsx
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Unread 02-04-2009, 10:09 AM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

I had to vote "Other" on this poll.

I have a couple of rifles that favor Partitions, however I like the Hornady line of Interbonds for the rest. I have also had good results with the Barnes TSX line.
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Unread 02-04-2009, 11:01 AM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

I was debating on if I should include the Barns and it seems I should have. Oh well.

I'm glad that some of you are thinking of it in terms of "Hunting Bullets" not strictly LRH bullets. The fact of the matter is that most of us will bring one type of bullet with on a hunt and have our rifles zero'd for that combination. We see game anyware from 1yard on out.

Thanks again for the replies!

I would also ask if any one has had good luck with the VLD with excessive freebore... just curious.
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Unread 02-04-2009, 11:12 AM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

Of the bullets listed, I like the E-tip. Best weight to bc ratio for a true hunting bullet. I have taken a liking to the mono metal bullets over the last several years.

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Unread 02-04-2009, 11:53 AM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

I really think one would need to consider max range when voting. I try real hard for good shot placement. So for extended range I choose the .338 / 300 SMK. If I could have picked two, I would have picked the Bergers too for the 30 cal. I may be wrong, but I feel many bullets will look good if you place them well. Thats why I look for good BC's.

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Unread 02-04-2009, 07:22 PM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

I dont own anything over 257 so i cant Vote.
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Unread 02-04-2009, 09:26 PM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll


Since you mentioned the 300wsm, my go to gun for local deer hunting the vote goes to the 175 SMK. I use it for 0-800 yards. The 175 loaded to 2.860 touches the lands and fits the mag making it a true short action set up.

Yes the SMK will often come apart. BUT it's after entry, resulting in a very dead deer.

I use other bullets also NBT's Bergers and A-max all with good results.

The key to long range for me is not the best super tough greatest bullet ever made. It's the bullet that has superior accuracy and adequate performance. You cant kill whart you cant hit.
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