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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 02-08-2009, 06:06 PM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

For the 338 EDGE I prefer the 300g SMK, but am going to work up a load with either of the AB's.

For my 7 RM, it depends on what I"m hunting as it shoots about 8 different bullets .5".

For antelope and deer, I like the 140g NBT's.

For elk I like 160g AB's.

I voted "other" as my favorite bullet is the NBT. Its cheap, accurate, high BC for a "hunting" bullet, and it has gotten the job done for me everytime on every animal I've hit with them.
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Unread 02-09-2009, 11:08 PM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

For long range big game bullet, I stick to 168vld in the 7s. It has been very succesful on trohpy elk over 1000 yards. For brown bears, stick with 180vld, they are good for at least 700 yards.
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Unread 02-10-2009, 03:07 PM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

I have to say that my opinion is somewhat a biased one. Ever since I tried the accubonds in my STW about 5 years ago, I cannot load anything else for it. The results are superb! Since my STW is my main hunting weapon, why change? I have shot some critters with the SMK and Bergers with smaller rifles (243 AI), and the results were promising, I just dont have near as many kills with those rifles as the STW. I even have a box of 168 bergers sitting on my reloading bench that I swear I will try out in the big 7, but in 2 years I haven't loaded one up yet. Just cant make myself do it when the accubonds continue to tell me not to try anything else.
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Unread 02-14-2009, 09:13 AM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

Most of my hunting is done within 150 yards here in Texas. At this time I favor the Nosler AccuBond. What I look for in a bullet is that it expands on impact and does not fail which leads to a quick kill. Since switching to the AccuBond I've not had any bullet fragmentation. Previous to that I did have some issues with fragmentation with the Nosler Balistic Tip on a deer at 100 yards, others I hunt with had the same issue. Prior to switching to the Balistic Tip I used Core Lokt, although I had good results more often than not the bullet would go through either a hog or deer without any expansion.

With that said there is no substitute for a well placed shot.
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Unread 02-14-2009, 04:27 PM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

I obtain better accuracy and quick kills with Hornaday's Inter-Bond bullets (a little bit better
than the A-MAX). But I have to mention, I've heard/read horror stories as well as high praise
on just about all makes/brands of bullets for big game. Not to mention I've personally shot
A-Max and IBs, SMK, Barnes TSX/TTSX, VLDs, B-Tips, ABs, and Partitions. Guess it comes down
to what works in YOUR rifle.
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Unread 02-21-2009, 01:39 AM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

Barns tsx
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Unread 02-21-2009, 01:27 PM
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Re: Favorite big game bullet -Poll

Don't rule out Barnes MRX. Lots of good qualities.
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