I have shot two deer, a cow elk, a bear, and a moose with the load so far. The first deer was at 150 and i shot him broadside and punched a quarter sized hole all the way through him. The second deer i shot was at 400 and put the round right behind the front shoulder with the same affect. Cow elk I shot frontal at 100 and same thing as the deer. The bear was at 70 yards and i just sacked him up. The moose was at 200 and i shot him behind the shoulder twice and he went about 30 yards but thats no suprise.
Yep. Your experience matches up with mine pretty well. This is what I have come to expect with the 7mm mag. If you need more DRT in your life why not try something bigger? Like a 338 Mag. My buddy shoots one and the elk are very impressed.
Both of us had 300 Win Mags a couple of years ago and the elk were only somewhat impressed. I went to the 700 RM for more manageable recoil and he went bigger and badder.
If you want serious bang flops shoot them in the high neck area, they will not move except down! I've been having very good results from the A-Max 162gr from my 284 Win yeah with a broadside shot they will go 30 - 50 yards but that's expected with an exit wound of about softball size for the most part pretty messy and 1 neck shot we'll just not talk about! all I could say was well it's a family related board but it sounded like ship Later,
Lots and lots of reports of the performance of Accubonds on game and they are quite contrary to your reports. My boys and I have personally killed a dozen mule deer and a few elk with 140-160 gr accubonds in .277 and 284 from 40 yards to 400 yards and have never not had expansion, including a 40 yard shot into neck muscle with no bone. I'm not calling you a liar, I am only referencing 100's of contrary reports. I certainly will call anyone out who says a 140-160 grain accubond out of a 7mm mag at or above 3000 fps isn't enough for any elk or deer. For me most of the time I get a 65% retention mushroom on the farside hide, which works perfect for me. Game is either bang flop or goes less than 50 yards.
My problem was not that the bullet would not mushroom, it does that fine. All the animals I have shot with the exception of the bear has ran a little ways before it died. I have had better expierence with nosler partition dumping game when shot behind the shoulder. My origional quest was about the accuracy of both bullets and not the performance. I have nothing against the accubond, it shoots great and it does kill effectively as well, i am just considering something a little different.
Accuracy and BC are better with the accubonds over the partitions. Everyone I shoot with has dropped the partition and gone to accubonds or bergers. I have witnessed several animals being shot w/accubonds ---- if you shoot through the chest, expect a 50 - 100 yd run-off, hit the shoulder and they go down. I would stick with the accubond and adjust shot placement if you need the drop effect.
Your problem is that you're shooting them in the wrong spot for bang-flop results. I personally am a big fan of the frontal shot if I have it, they drop in their tracks all the time... every time.
If I only have a broadside shot and it is inside 200 yards I'll go headshot, if its farther out I'll go high-shoulder.
I've shot moose in some nasty areas where you don't want them to run into a swamp or down a valley, I wouldn't dream of shooting a moose broadside-vitals in this situation.
The Accubond always works for me when I do my part.
Life is short... Lets go kill something