Originally Posted by buckbrush
I really didn't want to get into the custom bullet realm since it might become a little cost prohibitive to shoot.
Those Hornady Interbonds sound pretty appealing. I might just end up using the standby SMK too. I shot a cow last year with it in my big heavy Edge at 540 yards or so and it knocked her on her butt pretty hard.
The GS bullets are quite costly, but if their advertised ballistic advantage (BC and Velocity) is true they can theoretically increase your max effective range by close to 50% and increase closer range overall effectivens with greater velocities, KE Momentum, less windage, less drop, less TOF.
Comparing the 300 gr Hybrid with a BC of .82 with an MV of 2850 vs the GS 177 with a BC of .62 and MV of 3550, the 177 wins in every category except wind @ 1000 yds.
Drop 20.5/14.75 MOA
Vel 1953/2251 fps
10 mph wind 38.8"/40.0"
TOF 1.27/1.07 sec
1800 fps distance, 1175 yds/1375 yds (the GS expands down to 1600 fps)
The CE bullets at half the price don't seem to be far behind the GS bullets.
I figure if I go with the GS bullets, I'll only use them for hunting and occasional proficiency and drop checking. For other shooting, I'll use another load, and/or another rifle.