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Old 01-14-2010, 11:10 PM
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Re: Accubonds VS VLD's

i would shoot a 165 bt or a 168cbt.
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:22 AM
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Re: Accubonds VS VLD's

I would go with the VLD for sure. The only reason is that I have experienced, witnessed, and been told by a reliable source of three instances where the tip broke off of an Accubond. One a .338 225 grain(happened to me), one a .308 180 grain(saw it happen to a friend), one a 7mm 140 grain(heard about it happening to a friend). All three snapped off flush with the jacket tip while feeding. I have shot thousands of NBT's and have not seen this even once. Curious....

I have a ton of 140 grain 7mm NAB's for the wifes gun and have yet to have a problem with them. They shoot so good that I will use them up, then switch.

I suppose if you shoot the NAB's single shot there would likely be no problem.
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Old 01-15-2010, 03:35 PM
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Re: Accubonds VS VLD's

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My problem is I do not reload. But According to Nosler's Ballistic Chart. Their Custom ammo loaded up with 200gr accubonds have a muzzle velocity of 2800fps. At 500 yrds it states it will be pushing 2074 fps. Minimum velocity for expansion is 1800FPS.... that is where I got my info. Am I misunderstanding something?
You are making a good point in regard to velocity vs expansion. In your original post, you stated that you wouldn't be shooting farther than 600 yds. If this is the case, I would use the accubond over the berger mostly because you stated that the majority of your shots will be 100-300 yds. If the majority of your shots were in the 400+ yard range, then I would choose the berger. Also, if you are using the accubonds at longer ranges (lower velocity) expansion is definitely an issue. For this reason, and at the ranges you are talking about, (600 yds.) the 180 accubond will shoot "a little" flatter and expand better because of more terminal velocity.......Rich
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Old 01-15-2010, 03:53 PM
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Re: Accubonds VS VLD's

Yes, the majority of my shots are within 200-300 yards max. I would also rarely have an opportunity to make that 600 yard shot either. But If I went with the 180's my effective expansion range would be around 700 yards, versus 600 yards with the 200's. That was my only point. Because the 200's have much higher BC's then the 180's. So I was curious if at 600-650 yards the BC's of the 200 would make a visible difference accuracy wise.
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Yes, the majority of my shots are within 200-300 yards max. I would also rarely have an opportunity to make that 600 yard shot either. But If I went with the 180's my effective expansion range would be around 700 yards, versus 600 yards with the 200's. That was my only point. Because the 200's have much higher BC's then the 180's. So I was curious if at 600-650 yards the BC's of the 200 would make a visible difference accuracy wise.
I think you are on the right track! B.C. in and of itself does not equate to better accuracy. It gives you an advantage, especially at extreme ranges because of less drop and wind drift......Rich
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:53 PM
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But If I went with the 180's my effective expansion range would be around 700 yards, versus 600 yards with the 200's.
At 600 yards the 180's and 200's are within a couple of FPS of each other(using Nosler published velocity of 2950 and 2800 respectively) past 600 the 200's are moving faster than the 180's opening the gap the further you go.
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:07 PM
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Re: Accubonds VS VLD's

Before I started reloading, I was using 185gr VLDs from HSM ...

http://www.thehuntingshack.com/catal...rgerRetail.pdf

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