Originally Posted by Blacktail
In all the discussions about bullets and external and terminal ballistics i dont hear anyone talking about the scirocco. I have had pretty good luck with the 140 accubond in the 7 mm STW and i know a lot of you said the 160 accubond is the way to go but just curious has anyone tried the 150 scirocco?
Point one is simply that Nosler makes outstanding products, they have been around much longer, and their bullets are just flat out accurate. But, Point Two: The Scirocco has a higher BC per same bullet weight, if I recall. The problem that haunts Swift Scirocco bullets is that they are pure lead/pure copper, thus it is a little more difficult to find the sweet spot in most rifles, IMO.
FWIW, I have used the 150 in my 7mag, with IMR 4350 with excellent accuracy. Also, I have used the 180 Scirocco in my 300 RUM with H1000, Retumbo, and Re25, all producing 3/4" groups or less.
I have killed 5 black bears now, with my 30.06 and the 180 Scirocco, 2 of which are on film. The closest one was 8 yards and it blew through both shoulders on a medium sized bear, at 260 pounds.
I've never been one who cares much about what a bullet looks like when I'm field dressing my kill. If I tag an animal, the bullet did it's job, so long as I hit where I was aiming. The Scirocco offers a nice combination of characteristics in a hunting bullet, in that it is bonded, has a good BC, is tough enough for bone, yet, opens up rapidly. I have yet to recover one Scirocco bullet, no matter the game, or distance. I intentionally aim for center mass of the scapula or slightly higher.
I was speaking with a tech man from "Best of the West" just yesterday and his primary bullet in his 300 RUM is the 190 VLD, and the 180 Scirocco is his secondary load. The Scirocco seems to be quite popular with the staff there, if that is meaningful to you.