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Old 06-06-2013, 06:27 AM
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Re: Nosler long range accubond bullet reviews

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OK, I gots to ask. Are you guys actually happy with the performance of the accubond on big game?

Before you beat me up, let me explain:

I am a big game hunting guide and this past fall I guided 4 elk hunters that were using accubond bullets. Each hunter was using a diferent cartridge (300 win mag, 7mm, 270, 280 remington). Each hunter harvested an elk and hunter also killed a buck mule deer. The only 1 shot kill was on the mule deer. Shot distance varried from 60 yds (270) to 340 yds (300 win). Every elk was hit in the chest area and all but 1 took more than 1 follow up shot.

I have not had such a bad experience with bullet performance in all the years I have been guiding. Ive read several posts over time with people stating that they like this bullet but I could not, in good judgment based on this experience, ever decide to load accubonds in one of my elk rifles.

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In my opinion, accubonds are simply mid-game type bullets and are what the ballistic tip should have been to start with. If you want to stuff a big critter up close get a Barnes of partition in the neck of your round. Farther out, you may want to use a softer slug.
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:57 PM
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Re: Nosler long range accubond bullet reviews

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OK, I gots to ask. Are you guys actually happy with the performance of the accubond on big game?

Before you beat me up, let me explain:

I am a big game hunting guide and this past fall I guided 4 elk hunters that were using accubond bullets. Each hunter was using a diferent cartridge (300 win mag, 7mm, 270, 280 remington). Each hunter harvested an elk and hunter also killed a buck mule deer. The only 1 shot kill was on the mule deer. Shot distance varried from 60 yds (270) to 340 yds (300 win). Every elk was hit in the chest area and all but 1 took more than 1 follow up shot.

I have not had such a bad experience with bullet performance in all the years I have been guiding. Ive read several posts over time with people stating that they like this bullet but I could not, in good judgment based on this experience, ever decide to load accubonds in one of my elk rifles.

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Had unsatisfactory results with the 180gr AB out of a 300WSM on whitetails (unless you busted a shoulder) but always thought they would have been a great elk bullet??
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:20 AM
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Re: Nosler long range accubond bullet reviews

200 AB out of 300 rum hammers elk...near or far. 260 AB out of 375 rum hammers elk. near or far. 140AB out of 7 rum killed elk from 300+ with no qualms. That's just my experience with the AB. I always think of them as not quite as tough as a partition but damn close. I would think that going heavy for caliber would be helpful though...ie 200 gr 30 cal.
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:07 AM
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Re: Nosler long range accubond bullet reviews

Heavy for caliber might make more sense. At this point I think I will stay with what I have had good experience with rather than experiment with a heavier AB.
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:15 AM
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Heavy for caliber might make more sense. At this point I think I will stay with what I have had good experience with rather than experiment with a heavier AB.
Wyodog: Just curious-what is your hunting caliber and bullet choice? What ranges have you used it to: close-far?
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:34 AM
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Re: Nosler long range accubond bullet reviews

I think if a bullet comes in contact with the top of the heart and lungs..... it's pretty much DEAD! But if it hits a back edge of one lung or only the liver, and/or strikes the shoulder and blows up you've got problems! Big animals can over come what might seem like a major hit, you only think it was a perfect shot? But was it really or did it only nick a lung?

Shot placement is vital in any situation whether using a arrow or a bullet. Since when did shooting Big Game turn Hollywood? You know.... the bad guy gets shot and flies back from the shot to the ground like he was hit from a Mac Truck. I've shot Bobcat at four feet to only plink their eye on the shot through the chest with a 40 S&W! It does take a moment for the creature to die! Had I shot that animal in the head with my 22 LR pistol it would have more then likely fallen over dead from the shot.

I've shot Deer and Bear right behind the ear with a head shot, and YES they fall over dead on the spot. I've even dropped a charging Cape Buffalo with a 220 gr. Woodleigh Sold from my 30-06 with a head shot. But any shot to the lungs and heart they will run off and within a few minutes expire from blood loss to the brain and heart, and the lungs fill with fluid and then it dies! The bullet did its job, and whether it was a Nolser, Sierra, Speer or even a green box of Core Locks.

An Elk is a tough animal, and so is a Bison or a Cape Buffalo. Have you ever seen how long it takes for a 2,000 pound animal to expire to a shot? They don't just fall over unless shot to the head, but if a well placed bullet finds its mark within five minutes the animal will expire cleanly!

Case-in-point. Last night I had two mouse traps go off. One mouse got a direct hit from that trap! It took a direct hit to the neck and chest! Do you think it died instantly? No, it managed to pull itself and that trap a distance of over 14", and then die! The other mouse had only his leg caught, but broken very badly! He pull that trap from the back of the garage around the the front corner of the garage 24' until I finely found him hours later. I walked him outside and removed him from his leg hold. Now that mouse stood there for a moment breathing heavy but not completely in shock. He then started to scratch himself clean and run off to where he lives, with a badly broken leg! Let me tell you, if one of us had that bad of a wound, a broken leg turned backwards! We wouldn't run off like it was nothing! My point being is animals whether big or small can endure great trauma and run off great distances and even greater distances when pushed by hunters unaware they where not wounded fatally!

I've shot game with just about every known bullet maker out there, so whether is was a Accubond, Ballistic Tip, Corelock, Deadtough, E-Tip, GameKing, Hawk, Interbond, Loinload, Monolithic Sold, Oryx, SST, TSX, VLD, Weldcore PP SN, or even an IED? They aren't going to just fall over dead every time on the spot. Some go feet, some might go a 100 yards or more? But a well placed shot can and does kill with authority every time, no matter what it was shot with!
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:44 AM
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Re: Nosler long range accubond bullet reviews

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But a well placed shot can and does kill with authority every time, no matter what it was shot with!
You simply haven't experienced the time when a well placed shot doesn't kill with authority. I have, and it's not the case "every time". Most of the time yes, every time no.

I provide two examples in my post that can be found using this link:
Pics of Berger Bullets NOT Performing????
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