I am trying to decide what bullet to use for a 300 wsm. Now that I have a 338, it is not much of a long range rig, 400-500 yards would be absolute max shot. I will be primarily hunting whitetail and black bear in pa. I will not be shooting any smaller bears, I do not think that matters a whole lot though. But its primary use will be sitting in stands with it, where shots are much closer. I have a 30-06 to walk with, and the 338 for long range. My question is, what bullet would be my overall best for what I want to do? at close range, I do not trust the bergers or a-max’s from what I have seen on wet newspaper… also, I would prefer a boat tail type bullet, for whatever reason, the gun seems to shoot them much better.
Which brings me to my next question, how do partitions generally shoot? I tried shooting them in the 300 wsm, and they grouped very poorly. I was using reloader 17 which has not given great groups in the past, but not as bad as what the partitions did, also, same experience with a 30-06, I have a load for the 30-06 which shoots ANY 150 grain boat tail bullet very well, but will not group partitions well, is it a partition thing, or flat base or..??
Also, how is reloader 17 working out for people? I have had pretty high ES, and not as good accuracy as like H4350, but, it has given much better velocities.
I haven't had any issues with either bergers or A-max on whitetail ,even at close range they do the job well. I'm planning on a black bear hunt this winter and will be using 180 gr, Nosler ballistic tips over H-4350.
Take a good look at the Barnes TTSX bullets (not the MRX although they look alike) the MRX is a fine bullet but quite expensive ($35-$40per 20). The TTSX if a great bullet with the available boat tail you were asking for. I would personally recommend either the 150 or the 168, don't bother with anything heavier; aim to break bone & you should never be disappointed.
I will look at them, how do the ballistic tips hold up, my main worry with a ballistic tip is a bigger bear. and as far as deer go, generally if its a buck I will shoot heart and lung, but doe I usually shoot head or high neck.
So, it seems like I want something in between, it can't pencil through a deer not hitting major bone, but it can't completely blow up on a bigger bear without penetrating some first.
There are quite a few guys that use the ballistic tip for long range work, but the general acceptance is that the ballistic tip is somewhat less than reliable at short range & high velocity. There are also a bunch of shooters using the Accubond to great success, not quite as tough as the Barnes, for heart/lung shots I would tend to think the Accubond may be slightly better in terms of expansion; although a 150 TTSX loaded to top velocity would be VERY effective, even on a heart/lung shot.