I killed a 275 plus lb. mulie about 5 years ago almost directly across the road from Ric's house at 310 yds with a 140 NBT from a 7mm STW. It was a neck shot and he dropped at the shot with minimal meat damage. The same can't be said for a shoulder shot. I killed 6 whitetails with a 180 NBT this year from a .300WM with none going more than 10 yds from the shot. The Ballistic Tip is plenty 'nuf bullet for any deer if you put it in the boiler room.
You fellows may not believe this but the youngest of the Nosler's told my father at a NRA show that if a Ballistic Tip did not
dispatch "any" animal that we ever shot with it, he wanted us to call him and let him know about it, of course he knew that we would not be going after elephant with it either! That was enough for us to use them in every caliber we have. I shot a cull
south Texas buck with a 180gr Ballistic Tip
out of a 300 Win Mag at 3100fps standing
at 257yds broad side, center shoulder
impact, the buck did a complete side flip
and landed on all fours folded under him
with chin on the ground! When I took the buck back to camp and hung him up, I could "almost" see thru the deer, the other hunters could not believe what they where looking at and neither could I! GEG
Most of the people that bad-mouth them have never used them and they heard some BS story about how they failed.
Alot of folks make a terrible shot, that couldn't have been helped w/ any bullet, and blame it on the NBT.
I have shot dozens of deer and hogs from all diff kinds of angle and distances w/ the NBTs and they haven't let me down yet. Although, I have seen several folks be let down by Fail Safes and Partitions on wt deer sized game (due to very little expansion and hardly any internal damage). I have heard the Barnes bullets aren't very explosive either.
The NBTs give us plenty of the penetration and expansion we need to put game down in a quick humane manner.
I'd have to respectfully disagree on a few points. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
I have shot many whitetails over the years and have used nearly every bullet available, at one time or another. Noslers B-Tips WILL fail to get the job done if shot ouside there intended impact parameters. High impact velocities and tough anatomities are the things that cause dramatic surface expansion with little penetration. Thus, giving the NBT's a bad name. NBT's aren't really designed for deep penetration, at least not like a bonded core or monolithic bullet. I have seen first hand what a 140gr NBT fired from my 7STW can, and can not do when used on whitetails.
Don't get me wrong, I have shot thousands of NBT's and really like them but they DO have limitations, even when used against medium biggame. In my opinion, NBT's are a maximum expansion/minimum penetration biggame bullet. Hit a whitetail broadside in the chest with a NBT and its "light's out" quick, 99% of the time. Hit a heavy bone at high velocity and the outcome may be totally different.
Barnes X and Failsafes are moderate expansion/maximum penetration bullets. You may not see dramatic terminal performance but total penetration is almost a given. I've yet to be disappointed by these bullets. Lets face it; whitetail hunting and the red mist culture are not synonomous. Only so much expansion is a good thing.
Fortunately, we now have some new-breed bullets. The Accubonds and Interbonds seem to have the best qualities of both bullet styles. High BC, great accuracy and exceptional weight retention & penetration. Like getting Swift Scirrocco's at half the price. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
NBT's are great bullets but no bullet is perfect in all possible situations.
The NBT "varmint" bullets; well they might just be the exception to that statement. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]
I think Varmint Hunter has it about right...
I love BTs for their accuracy, but have always been a little suspicious of them since -on 2 consecutive days shooting reds a few years ago- 150gr BTs out of my 308 failed to deliver killing penetration on 'classic' side aspect heart shots.
On both occasions the entry wound was spot on, but didn't seem to lead anywhere -ie no there was no apparent penetration. A second shot was required on both animals (when the BTs did function perfectly). I've never satisfactorily explained it to myself!
My learning from this was to move up a bullet weight by switching to 165gr BT for my 308. Performance is fine (leaning towards the destructive end of fine!)for classic heart or neck shots. I would avoid a shoulder shot.
I've not fired the BTs from my 300, but if I did, I would be moving up to 180gr (and expecting the exit wound to look like a hit from a 20mm!).
There is no such thing as a perfect bullet, and has a bullet ever failed? the odd one maybe, but most failures are due to the user choosing the wrong bullet for a given application. Ive done it my self, a few years ago i used Fail safes for a while and had poor results, why? they where to hard for the game i was hunting, little expansion, runaway game, would i say that the failsafe is a poor bullet? no, use it on tough, thick skinned game (like it say on the box) and you will do just fine, like wise i wouldn't want to use a ballistic tip on a cape buffalo.. do a little research and pick the right bullet for the right application.
Bal tips, Interlocks, SST and the like are bullets thaqt expand easily, hence at high velocity and or close range you may get to rapid expansion, leading to lack of penetration. on the otherhand, they are perfect for longer range applications on game up to medium size, id use em without any concerns on game up to and including whitetailed deer, if i was going after mulies re stags or Elk i might be tempted to use somthing a bit tougher, like an Interbond or an interlock, dozens or articles have been written on this subject, the key is to choose the right bullet for the right job, define what kind of shot oppertunity you might be presented with, now if you are prepared to take any shot at any angle, you will need more than a ballistic tip to angle the bullet through the hind quarter into the vitals and out the front shoulder, but if you are taking kneck or broard side shots, you should be ok..