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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, 11:00 PM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

Killed over 100 Sambar deer with my .338Win Mag loaded with plain jane 225 grain Hornady soft points. From close range out to 200 yards it just drops them.

This is not an expensive bullet, is not particilarly accutate, has a crap B.C. and gets no rave reviews, but for me it has served me well for over 20 years.
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Unread 02-05-2009, 03:54 PM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

I voted other, my go to bullet for hunting is the hornady 250 soft point , my 338 rum shoots them at 3050 fps and delivers soda can accuracy to 800 yds. and they cost only $32.00 per 100. I tryed the 250 accubond results were the same at a much higher cost.
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Unread 02-06-2009, 01:34 PM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

I am shocked that the barnes TSX bullet is not listed. I have been shooting Barnes bullets for the last four to five years and have not had a single animal walk away from a one shot kill. I live in Montana and have made some seriously long shots to over 500 yards with these bullets in .25, .284 and .30 calibers. From my experience they penetrate completely through animals even at long range. I shot a mule deer buck last season at 487 yards, broadside. He went 10 yards! complete pass through, nice wound channel and not to much bloodshot.
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Unread 02-06-2009, 03:27 PM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

For me, it really depends on the cartridge I'm shooting. The 280 Rem & 7x57, it's the
TSX bullet all day long. My 308's like the Hornady IB, and is more accurate than the
A-Max in my rifles. I only own a two magnums and one of them (Win pre-64 300 H&H)
doesn't get shot much; the other a 375 H&H does get shot a bit and it shoots the
250gr TSX. Although, I just got some 300 gr Hornady "Dangerous Game" bullets I'm
going to try. My 9,3x62 hasn't met a bullet it didn't like. Clover leafs at 100 yds.
Go figure.
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Unread 02-06-2009, 03:29 PM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

Originally Posted by mike33 View Post
I dont own anything over 257 so i cant Vote.
Sorry Mike. I had to draw the line somewhere. I probably should have included down to .244, but I'm going to just leave it be as is. You will see that I started two other polls to try to include smaller rounds and to specify between factory chambers that will have excessive freebore and custom chambers.

Looks like the Nosler Accubond still has a slight lead ;)

Thanks for the replies guys!
I used to re-load but now I "hand-load".
-- Well, at least I try --
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Unread 02-06-2009, 03:41 PM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

First, I would choose a hunting bullet based on it's accuracy in my rilfe as the highest criteria assuming it was a good hunting bullet.

Having said that, I have used partitions in the past and they worked well. However, I voted for the E-Tip because I believe they are the most superior off the shelf hunting bullet there is. The main reason being, they expand well and stay together. They have a decent BC and they open a little wider than most bullets of the same cal. I haven't used them yet for hunting, but from the reports and photos I've seen, they get my vote.

Don't mean to step on anyone toes here but I dont care for highly frangible hunting bullets at high velocities. The VLD's and SMK's, etc, are IMO a great long range hunting bullet, but I would only use them at the longer distances.

In order of preference:

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Unread 02-08-2009, 01:30 PM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

I like the accubond in the 300 ultra. you can work up a load with the ballistic tips to save some money. I took an elk at over 400 yrds with the accubond, the bullet went throw both shoulders. The elk went strait down, You cant do better then that.
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