Re: Nosler long range accbond and my experience.
This thread has been an excellent discussion on game performance of bullets, ethical shots, etc. Although it is broad I am humbled by how professional and thorough the information has been gathered and presented. Thanks to everyone.
But the question I keep returning to is: Are we at the point where we have broadened the envelope so much that we cannot hope bullets to perform across that envelope?
I ask because Wild Rose posted his solution as the two gun solution. Some others have suggested a two bullet solution. Is this what we are leading to? Are we expecting too much for our bullets to perform from the back yard to more than a kilometer away?
Back when we built the pyramids, the concept of the single solution was pushed. One load for all shots. The precept was you could learn this load so well the shots you made were dead nuts every shot. Following this line of reasoning I used a 30/06 with 180gr Sierra SpBT, 57gr 4350, Rem 91/2 LRM primer, WW case for every thing. Gophers to Elk. I know this load like I know my wife of 25 years.
I am now, at 59 years young, about to change. WildRose is going to what I see as the approach I am comfortable with, that is, two guns. At the very least the two bullet approach where the LR rifle is dialed in to the LR load and carry extra ammo loaded with the best close range (@ < 400yds) bullet and the scope adjustments to correct for it scribbled on the stock. Inside 400 yards it is close enough. Please do not take this as discounting anybodies opinion. Every thing posted so far is going into my permanent memory.
In P.O.Ackley's book was an article by a Surgeon who did terminal testing for the Military in the 1930's. They used hogs and goats, goats having bones very similar to ours. Very thorough and scientific. Even used armor plate with little holes to make sure the bullet went where intended and didn't waste a goat. His conclusion? Every shot was a snow flake. They never achieved repeat ability. Never.
Why should we expect different?
The best part of this thread is, across the board, everybody is seeking a load that, after launching the slug at our intended target and its arrival at that target, we have 100% confidence that it will perform as we want. That is a very good thing!