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AccuBonds vs Ballistic Tips - side by side comparisons

 
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Old 12-15-2010, 03:23 PM
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AccuBonds vs Ballistic Tips - side by side comparisons

I've been shooting 165gr Ballistic Tips, through my 300 WM, for about 16 yrs now. I've recently been considering taking it out west for a mule deer/elk hunt, where a little more penetration from a 165 would be great. I don't want to switch from a 165 to a 180, because I am shooting consistent .375" or better groups at 100 yds, and I simply don't want to touch anything. My question is, has anyone done any side by side comparisons on Accubonds vs Ballistic Tips, as far as accuracy, and point of impact? I know both the 165 AB, and the 165 BT, both have the same B.C, and S.D, basically the only difference, is the OAL of the AB is 0.018" longer. In theory, they should shoot almost identical.
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Old 12-15-2010, 03:32 PM
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Re: AccuBonds vs Ballistic Tips - side by side comparisons

I shoot both AB and BT in my 300WM (180g) I found that the BT have the slight edge in Accuracy .35@100yds compared to .45 for the AB
I load both with 82.5g H1000 10thou out with Federal 215M primers in Lapua bass the average velocity is within 20fps of each other.
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Old 12-15-2010, 04:01 PM
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Re: AccuBonds vs Ballistic Tips - side by side comparisons

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I've been shooting 165gr Ballistic Tips, through my 300 WM, for about 16 yrs now. I've recently been considering taking it out west for a mule deer/elk hunt, where a little more penetration from a 165 would be great. I don't want to switch from a 165 to a 180, because I am shooting consistent .375" or better groups at 100 yds, and I simply don't want to touch anything. My question is, has anyone done any side by side comparisons on Accubonds vs Ballistic Tips, as far as accuracy, and point of impact? I know both the 165 AB, and the 165 BT, both have the same B.C, and S.D, basically the only difference, is the OAL of the AB is 0.018" longer. In theory, they should shoot almost identical.
The Accubonds are very close to the Ballistic tips in accuracy and performance. With penetration
and bullet retained weight going to the Accubond.

The accuracy is also all most the same with a slight advantage to the Ballistic Tip (But not enough
to worry about).

In some rifles the Accubond will actually out perform the Ballistic Tip in both areas.

I have great luck with the Ballistic Tips on deer, but prefer the accubonds for Elk.

You can't go wrong if you try the ABs and if you don't like them stay with the Ballistic Tips.

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Old 12-15-2010, 09:29 PM
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Re: AccuBonds vs Ballistic Tips - side by side comparisons

My 7mm-08 shoots the same group size with both. The only difference I've noticed is the Ballistic Tips POI is 1" left of the Accubonds. The Accubonds I've shot deer with pass thru, even shoulder shots with the 7mm-08.
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Old 12-15-2010, 11:55 PM
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Re: AccuBonds vs Ballistic Tips - side by side comparisons

I have used them as interchangeable in a 300 rum and a 35 whelen, equal accuracy and point of impact. the whelen and ballistic tip worked awesome on a mule deer doe last month.
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Old 12-16-2010, 01:32 PM
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Re: AccuBonds vs Ballistic Tips - side by side comparisons

I am loading a 280 Rem with both 140 Accubonds and 140 Nosler BT. I found that with the exact same powder (RL-19) and load 57.0 grains my Remington 700 CDL shot the loads into almost the same point of impact and with almost the same accuracy-less than one inch at 100 yards. I was comfortable enough with these loads that I felt that I could take a shot with either load out to 400 yards without changing my scope. I took these loads to Nebraska on a deer hunt with the plan of using the BT's for long shots and the Accubonds for close shots. I shot my buck at 100 yards with the BT and was not totally happy with the results eventhough the buck only ran 30 yards. I found the copper jacket in the hide on the opposite side, after blowing up on the ribs going in. I would not have wanted to have shot an elk with this bullets. I know that it is possible that a 165 grain BT may have reacted differently.

I have loaded and shot deer with the 140 Accubonds and they do not act like the BT. I have yet to recover an Accubond from a deer, they have all exited after doing great internal damage.
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Old 12-17-2010, 12:33 AM
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Re: AccuBonds vs Ballistic Tips - side by side comparisons

I know they should be and theory is they are but in my rifle: They just aint...My tikka in 300 wsm shooting 180s will group under .5" with ballistic tips and in contrast the accubonds shoot 1.25" or worse. The accubonds are the only 165+ bullet she does not like. Lucky for me because I don't like there prices anyway.
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