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Re: Accubond vs. Berger 30 cal.
Never killed anything with a Berger, but dropped (after 2 steps) a big bull moose at 650 yards with a 200 ACCUBOND despite hitting him low in the shoulder. They are a good combination of BC, accuracy and reliable expansion.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
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I dont know about your .264, but I doubt your STW has a 1-10 twist.
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Most factory 7STW barrels have a 9.25/9.5 twist, I believe. My custom 7STW wears a 10 twist Hart barrel and will shoot the 162gr A-Max and 160 Accubond into tiny groups. Longer bullets, like the Berger 180gr will not stabilze in my 10 twist.
Check the 264 twist.- 1/10 seems a bit low to me if you want to use heavy 6,5 cal bullets since they tend to be very long.
I´ve never tried the bergers but want to use them soon.
I´ve shot game with sierra SBT, hornay sst, ballistic tip, swift scirocco, nosler partition, hornady interbonds and nosler accubond, plus some others.
I agree with what has ben said, the nosler accubond tends to shoot well and has what I would call very balanced terminal ballistics.- a diferent bullet may work better for a specific situation but in general terms I consider they are an all round bullet,. when you are out hunting you never know what the conditions and distance of the shot will be so my thinking is to choose a bullet that will cover as many situations as possible.
Nosler is expected to release a 130 accubond in 6,5 cal. soon.
I've been hunting with a 300 jarrett for approx. 5 years now. It's twisted 12 and loves anything from 165's to 175 SMK's. I feel that a 10 twist would have been better so 200's could be used. I have come to the conclusion that for moderate range, 0-400 yards, a bonded type bullet should be utilized so jacket core separation could be minimized. At ranges exceeding 400 yards, bullets with softer jackets like SGK's, SMK's etc. could be used since velocities would have dropped off and Jacket Core separation would have been minimized. I currently use the Swift Scirocco’s for 400 yards and under and 175 SMK's for beyond 400 yards. These two bullets have POI of less than .50 moa difference at 400 yards, minimal for the range. This has worked good for me this year resulting in less tissue damage at close range. The two bullets you are asking about should do the same for you if used like I described. The Bergers hit like a hammer out of my friends 300 RUM and the Accubonds drive tacks from his sons rifle. Good Luck