Originally Posted by santee116
My load is :
CCI BR2 primer
50.0 grains of H4350
jumping .030" off the lands
I started getting pressure signs at 50.5 grains in my gun so be careful.
This load shoots very well in my gun, just as good as the Amax or Berger. Between me and a buddy last year we killed 15+ deer and numerous hogs with them and they have been devastating to say the least. I can honestly say that for anything 600 yards and in, I won't use anything but barnes. I don't elk hunt, but I wouldn't be scared at all from using this load on one.
My experience with Barnes, so far, has been stellar. I just think you need to keep your impact velocity at or above 1900-2000 fps. So depending on your load, your max range may vary.
My buddy killed a black bear at 760ish (I think it was 766) with the same bullet and 49.5 grain of H4350. He hit the bear broadside hitting only lungs (missed the ribs even) and the bullet expanded perfectly....I was pretty concerned bout expansion and had my 338 pointed at it just in case. The bear folded on impact.
Thought you might like to know that.
I don't normally like pea shooters for long rang hunting, but the little 6.5 284 and the Barnes kills very well. My buddy has also killed elk (under 50 yards) and moose with the same combo. IIRC the moose was 635ish and the LRX went thru both shoulders and kept on going.
He got 750 pounds of meat from the moose so not bad for a pea shooter!