Re: Barnes TSX/TTSX vs Nosler Partition
I don't shoot a lot of big game, mostly just mule deer. Occasionally get out for elk or black bear. Started using the Nosler Partition back in the 1970's - which seems like a long time ago somehow. They've never disappointed. Also a fan of other Nosler hunting bullets, the Ballistic Tip, Accubond and the good old Solid Base bullets which were the lead-tipped predecessor to the Ballistic Tip.
They've all done well for me.
I had accuracy and fouling problems when I tried the old Barnes X bullets, but liked the concept. When they came out with the TSX, I decided to give them a try and took a couple of mule deer, using my .25-06 rifle. One buck, shot at very close range, showed obvious expansion along with the famous Barnes penetration. Excellent performance. The other? I'm not sure it expanded at all - but it did kill the buck.
I've got some Barnes bullets on the loading bench, mostly in case someone decides to make lead core hunting bullets illegal. For hunting, I've got to say I still prefer my Noslers. Maybe it's just all those years of trusting them.
Watching the big 6x6 bull elk take a few faltering steps, then stumble and fall after the 175 Nosler Partition went through his chest, causing tremendous destruction.
Seeing my bear instantly drop when hit with the 260 gr Accubond at a tad over 300 yards. It penetrated completely through, and he left a wide swath of blood as he dragged himself less than 10' under some nearby brush.
Looking at the impressive damage inflicted on my son's first deer, when hit through the chest and out, shattering the off-side leg, with the little 95 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip...
All good memories, from almost 40 years of using Nosler hunting bullets. We truly live in a time when there are many excellent choices for hunting bullets. Nosler, Barnes, Swift, Sierra, Speer... I've seen them all work really well.