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.243 Win TSX vs Etip vs HPBT on deer or hog

 
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Old 05-23-2011, 01:15 PM
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.243 Win TSX vs Etip vs HPBT on deer or hog

I have developed an accurate load for 85gr TSX in front of a .243 Win (~3180fps) but heard that they might not open up well on deer unless they hit shoulder bone.
Has anyone tried the 90gr Etips, or otherwise know about Etip expansion and accuracy?
For the zones that do not require lead free bullets, I am wondering if the Sierra 85gr HPBT Gameking is a good choice, or will it splatter too much if it hits bone?
Has anyone here taken a deer or hog with any of these? (Assuming the HPBT is too soft for a hog.)
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Old 05-23-2011, 01:42 PM
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Re: .243 Win TSX vs Etip vs HPBT on deer or hog

Sorry no help here. All I've used in my .243 for deer is the 85 gr. Nosler Part'. Never lost a deer yet!
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Re: .243 Win TSX vs Etip vs HPBT on deer or hog

Where did you hear that they don't open unless bone is hit? It's a light bullet going fast. My wife has shot quite a few deer with her 243 using the 85gr tsx. All boiler room shots and all dead deer.
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I think it's the other way around. TSXs open up fast in flesh as long as the terminal velocity is high enough (get the minimum vel for that bullet from Barnes tech support). Bone impact can deform the tip, preventing hydraulic expansion. But the the deer has skeletal damage, which should put it down quickly.
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Re: .243 Win TSX vs Etip vs HPBT on deer or hog

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Where did you hear that they don't open unless bone is hit? It's a light bullet going fast. My wife has shot quite a few deer with her 243 using the 85gr tsx. All boiler room shots and all dead deer.

^^^^ Exactly what I wanted to say, I've given a good bit of advise based on my experience with Barnes (X, TSX, TTSX, MRX). I (almost) always advise using a light for caliber Barnes @ high velocity for as close as possible to perfect performance; which is where (IMH0) the 6mm 85grn TSX lands. This bullet has a good ESTABLISHED reputation out of the .243, the one caveat is the poor bc.

If you were shooting one of the old 95grn X-bullets out of a 243 (where I started), I would highly recommend the neck or shoulder shots. That situation has been all but eliminated with the advent of the 85 TSX & 80 TTSX the latter of which I'm going to experiment with out of a 12" twist 6mm AI @ about 3600fps.

You have a good combo there, I would have the utmost confidence with it.
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Re: .243 Win TSX vs Etip vs HPBT on deer or hog

Thanks for the feedback guys. I haven't found it on the Barnes site or elsewhere, so I'm still wondering what velocity a TSX needs to be going in order to expand properly assuming a flesh shot. (Bone should make it expand almost regardless of vel, right?)
Better than .5 MOA @ 100 yrds, 3200 fps MV.
Accuracy and shooter ability assumed, can I take a deer up to 500 yards with this load?
I'm more confident of the consistent accuracy of my 243 than my BAR in .270 which is loaded with 130 gr TSX.
Still new to medium-big game hunting, I have not taken any game with this 243 load yet but I expect to this year.
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Re: .243 Win TSX vs Etip vs HPBT on deer or hog

500 yards = 2100 fps, 845 ft lbs.
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