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Are the Accubonds more accurate than the Ballistic tip?

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Unread 09-20-2007, 06:11 PM
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Are the Accubonds more accurate than the Ballistic tip?

Seems like everyone uses the Accubonds..why?
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Unread 09-20-2007, 07:03 PM
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They are not anymore accurate from what i could tell, but they are a better expanding bullet without the blowup factor of the ballistic tip. I have shot game close and far with the accubond and it performed flawlessly in all accounts. I think the jackets are heavier than the ballistic tips eliminating the so called blowup, but I quit shooting them a few years back and started shooting the bergers.
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Unread 09-20-2007, 07:39 PM
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I've done the same thing with BTs. Near and far on deer in 270 Win 3200MV. Even hitting bone upon entry got great penetration and terminal performance.

I'd say it's 6s for either. But the popularity is with accubonds. Accuracy is about the same.
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Unread 09-20-2007, 07:57 PM
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One or the other could be more accurate for an indavidual rifle but the quality and and concistency of both is very very good and both are capable of very good accuracy. There is some internal differences that could change the way one rifle reacts to each one. Most high quality barrels will shoot both bullets very well. Some will shoot them both exceptionaly well. I like AB's over BT's due to the AB's ability to open up at lower velocities yet stay together very well at higher velocities. They work much better for the game I like to hunt such as big bull moose and big bull elk. I dont trust the BT's for big heavy boned thick hided game. I do however trust the AB's for that job and have personaly proven to myself the ability of the AB's performance on big heavy game.
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Unread 09-20-2007, 09:47 PM
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My 300WM shoots both to same point of impact which comes in very handy at times. I have had best luck with CT on antelope and AB on mulies. Both group indentically in my rifle.

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Unread 09-22-2007, 06:55 AM
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I shoot them both and they do well, the bonded core of the AB keeps the bullet from violently expanding when your shooting high velocity and get a close range opprotunity. keep a BT at 3200 fps and below and they do well for game hunting. The BT will suffer jacket/core separations if driven too hard, the accubonds hold togather at incredible speeds.
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Unread 09-22-2007, 11:14 AM
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I've loaded and shot both out of my 7mm Remington Mag. 150 grain for the Ballistic Tip and 160 grain for the Accubond. I have shot two deer with the ballistic tip (35 yards and 100) and two with the accubond (20 yards and 100). At these close ranges, performance was really a non-issue, all were heart shots, two dropped in there tracks, two were dead running on there feet. I will say that the accubond seems a little more consistent with its expansion/performance. The buck I shot at 35 yards with the 150 BT had no external signs of bleeding. Pin holes for entry and exit. Open him up, and there was literally a softball sized hole on the exit side rib cage, under the skin. The buck I shot at 20 yards with the 160 AB did not have that much damage, noticeable exit hole, but no grenade blast under the skin. At 100 yards, it was interesting. BT was in and out, and actually didn't seem to expand all that much. Maybe it was shot location, but it simply hit the heart and left with about a X2.5 exit hole. The AB at 100 broke the onside shoulder, took the top f the heart off, gelled the lungs and from all appearances, left in uniform fashion. Chalk it up to shot placement, but the AB held together pretty well. On paper, both shoot well, with the nod going to the BTs, could always get them to shoot better. However, I hunt with ABs now.
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