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Nosler Accubond Performance

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Unread 09-05-2010, 08:15 AM
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Re: Nosler Accubond Performance

This is the before and after of a .264 130 gr Accubond that left the muzzle of a 264 Win mag at 3350 fps average after it struck a deer at 111 yards on the edge of the front shoulder and then traveled the full length of the deer and was found in the ham. Recovered weight is 87 grs. That comes out to about 60% weight retention. It did what is was supposed to do.
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Unread 09-05-2010, 02:15 PM
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Re: Nosler Accubond Performance

Starting velocity has nothing to do with it at 210 yards.

30-06 2500fps starting velocity, 2229fps and 1985 fpe @ 200 yards
300 Win Mag 3000fps starting velocity, 2697fps and 2907fpe @ 200 yards
300 win Mag 2213fps and 1957fpe @ 550 yards ( Same numbers as 30-06 @ 200 yards )

With that thinking the 180 Accubomd is only marginal at 550 yards. I DON'T THINK SO. In 300 Win Mag at 1000 yards it still has 1116fpe and is flying at 1671fps which is on the borderline of the bullet performance window at this velocity. There is something here that is not being seen as far as the bullets performance in this ONE case. It might be noted that you cannot compare other bullet designs and expect to see the same results. In my opinion the Barnes TTSX bullet is the best hunting bullet on the planet followed by the Accubond then the Berger VLD hunting a close third. They all perform differently but they all work. In other words don't try to compare a Accubond with a VLD or vice versa because they are designed to perform differently.
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Unread 09-05-2010, 03:25 PM
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Re: Nosler Accubond Performance

I think you got exactly what the bullet is designed to do. You used a true big game hunting bullet and got the correct results.

What did the lungs look like? I suspect that they had a couple of large holes through them and they were completely blood shot. Perfect. Highly frangible bullets are not good elk medicine. Big holes on the exit side of an elk rarely happen.

In my opinion the 180g AB is too frangible for the magnum calibers unless you limit your shooting to beyond 300 or 400 yards. People mistake caliber size exit holes for non performing bullets and this is a mistake. It is also a mistake to expect any big game animal to drop on the shot. Unless you disrupt the central nervous system.

I am not trying to lecture, I just think that people hear about the drt shots and expect that to happen when rifle hunting. It is the rare shot that this happens.

Congratulations on your elk. Good shooting.

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Unread 09-05-2010, 04:42 PM
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Re: Nosler Accubond Performance

Did the butcher work yesterday. Ended up with a tad over 300lbs of meat. Like 305lbs. We stopped measuring the burger at 180lbs and had another tub to go. We were good in knowing we hit the 300lb mark. That is boneless meat.

We did a backwards calc and estimate the live weight to be around 800lbs.


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Unread 09-05-2010, 06:59 PM
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Re: Nosler Accubond Performance

Originally Posted by RockyMtnMT View Post
Big holes on the exit side of an elk rarely happen.
True that.
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Unread 09-08-2010, 09:27 AM
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Re: Nosler Accubond Performance

before to go hunting
shot into wet telephone books
some experience to share with shotting into wet telephone books??
thank you
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Unread 09-12-2010, 04:03 PM
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Re: Nosler Accubond Performance

I like this discussion and the experiences with the Nosler AB bullet. I have reloaded for years and use the AB bullet in quite a few of my handloads because of it's accuracy. I have hunted mainly whitetails for almost 40 years. I love the accuracy of the AB's but my confidence is at it's highest shooting a whitetail with a Nosler Partition. I have seen many whitetails shot with the NP and I know what that bullet does. I like to ''hammer" a deer when I shoot it. I don't want to have to track it but if I do I want a blood trail. You are much more likely to get a blood trail with a Nosler Partition. Usually a entrance hole you can stick your finger in and an exit hole you can stick your fist in. I hunt in Middle West Tennessee and the terrain is hilly and hardwoods. Sometimes we only have a very small window to put the bullet where I want it on a nice animal so I want the confidence to know my bullet will hammer the animal. I'm not worried about meat loss because I don't eat the neck, heart, lungs or ribs. Don't get me wrong I shoot a load in the 30-06 with a 150 grain AB.
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