Soft Point vs Ballistic tip
Like some people on here, I opted to go the route of gradually upgrading my rifle instead of going fully custom or having a ton of work done to it right off the bat. I went this route mostly because hunting the mountains in the west will teach you a new lesson every time, and make you think, "oh, I wish I had done that with my rifle".
On a recent trip to Idaho a buddy spotted a great mule deer. Having not taken one yet, both myself and another friend hit the dirt, got a solid rest and a range. Before I could even reference the correct range on my range card that's taped to my stock, my friend had it dialed and ready to rock. He of course had a custom turret made, which made all the difference in that instance. After about 10 seconds and a nicely placed 450 yard heart shot, he had a great mid 170" deer on the ground. Typically on long shots you have all the time in the world to dial up your shots, but in this case, with the buck being spooked and ready to bolt by deer up above him, it was the difference between watching the deer run off, and being ready before he bolted. This made me think, is a custom turret the way to go? Which also made me think, it is time to start investing in reloading gear.
Up to now I have been shooting factory Remington Core Lokt. Nothing I have shot (off bench) shoots better groups. I've been happy with the groups out to about 500, but beyond that and out to my effecting hunting range, I think the groups can be a lot better. This led to a conversation with a rep about custom turrets. He says about 80% of the customs turrets he makes are for soft point rounds. He says SP rounds grip the barrel a lot better ( I don't know how much truth there is to that).
My question is, since SP bullets tend to have deformed tips, how much does that effect accuracy out past 500, and is a ballistic tipped round the way to go for consistency past 500?
Last edited by BearDog; 11-04-2013 at 04:09 PM.