Originally Posted by CRNA
Interesting read. I figured with a 338 Lapua you could shoot 300 grains of jello at something and kill it!! Ha Ha. Just curious if the Barnes would pencil through the animal?
I have been reloading, shooting & generally around Barnes bullets for quite a while (since the original X). My experience with penciling has been a combination of 2 occurances.
1.) Heavy for caliber bullet i.e. 160+ grn in a 7RM at exteneded ranges 450+
2.) "Conventional" Bullet placement (usually with the above combination) of behind the shoulder shot & having the bullet not contacting anything solid.
I have advised many of new reloaders/shooters who want to shoot the TSX to drop down 1-2 bullet weights for their particular cartridge and/or aim to break the onside shoulder; which in my experience has put many a grins on shooter's faces.
Now that we have the TTSX I believe Barnes has really put a hamper on penciling, with the polymer tip initiating expansion much more reliably at lower velocities/extended ranges. But whether you shoot the TSX or TTSX, place your shot on bone & don't worry about trying to find a wounded animal cause you won't have to look very far