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Barnes tipped TSX 168 or 180 gr. for elk?

 
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:27 PM
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Barnes tipped TSX 168 or 180 gr. for elk?

Which Barnes bullet do you recommend for elk? The 168 shoots a tad bit flatter since it has a better BC and a tad bit faster. Barnes (Ty) recommended the 168. Or do I need the extra penetration of the 180 gr ?
This is my first elk hunt, so I'm trying to get it right the first time.
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:43 PM
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Re: Barnes tipped TSX 168 or 180 gr. for elk?

Where did you read the 168 has a better BC than the 180?

I will always pick a 180 or larger over a 168 for elk no matter what chambering I am shooting. Same caliber the heavier bullets will carry the best BC most of the time.

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Old 06-06-2013, 03:00 PM
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Re: Barnes tipped TSX 168 or 180 gr. for elk?

I stand corrected. The BC of the 180 gr is .484 and the BC of the 168 gr is .470
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Re: Barnes tipped TSX 168 or 180 gr. for elk?

The performance of the Barnes bullets allows one to "step down" in bullet weight and still have adequate penetration. I'd use the one that shot the best and leave it at that.
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Re: Barnes tipped TSX 168 or 180 gr. for elk?

I shoot the 168 TTSX out of my HS precision SPL 300 WM. I have shot one mule deer with it so far. 360 yards bullet hit low in the ribs, dropped him DRT. I have a elk hunt this fall, my buddy is hunting a bull and I have a cow tag. He cant believe I would shoot a 168. I am loading him 180 Accubond for his 300 WM. But I am VERY confident in this bullets capability. Even if I had a bull tag I wouldn't change ammo. Its already been said, use the one that shoots best in your heater and let it eat. Got git sum............................................
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:28 PM
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Re: Barnes tipped TSX 168 or 180 gr. for elk?

180 hands down. More energy at all ranges.
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Re: Barnes tipped TSX 168 or 180 gr. for elk?

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I shoot the 168 TTSX out of my HS precision SPL 300 WM. I have shot one mule deer with it so far. 360 yards bullet hit low in the ribs, dropped him DRT. I have a elk hunt this fall, my buddy is hunting a bull and I have a cow tag. He cant believe I would shoot a 168. I am loading him 180 Accubond for his 300 WM. But I am VERY confident in this bullets capability. Even if I had a bull tag I wouldn't change ammo. Its already been said, use the one that shoots best in your heater and let it eat. Got git sum............................................
I agree

The BC difference does not amount to much & the diff in vel. will negate this small difference for a good ways. Keep in mind the 168TTSX will penetrate as much as a 180 Partition & I doubt anyone would say the 180 partition will not penetrate enough,
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