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View Poll Results: Which is the better hunting bullet?
Barnes TSX/TTSX 417 61.05%
Nosler Partition 266 38.95%
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Barnes TSX/TTSX vs Nosler Partition

 
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:00 AM
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Re: Barnes TSX/TTSX vs Nosler Partition

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My 8 mag loves the 160 tsx's @ 3424 fps. Shoots them more accurately than the accubonds, e-tips, partitions, MK's, other barnes, other sierra's, speers, etc. I chaulked up two more kills with them this weekend. A 13" pronghorn buck at 669 (heart shot with a bullet sized entry and golfball sized exit), and a 15 x 15 7/8" pronghorn at 505 with a full on facing brisket shot (bullet sized entry, and baseball sized exit on the far ribs mid cage). I shot a mule deer through both shoulders at 43 yards last year and I will admit....that was messier than I would have liked because of bone fragments. Would not have shot him that close through the shoulders, but he was on the cusp of a very gnarly cliff and he had to be anchored on the spot. There was no "penciling". The petals very likely did sheer off, but not before they cored out a 3 1/2" tunnel through the hide, meat, lower spine, and bone, and kept right on truckin. I would have lost a bunch more meat using a bonded core bullet at that distance and speed compared to any monolithic projectile...A lesson I learned the hard way on an elk and another deer.
I have a Browning A-Bolt in 325 WSM. It shoots the 160 TTSX very well at 3280fps with RL 17. I am a partition guy and hard to change but I'll give these 160's a try based on your testimony.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:16 PM
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Re: Barnes TSX/TTSX vs Nosler Partition

You can get a lot of meat damage from a Partition but they very seldom walk away from it! The x Barns was a great bullet if you hit bone but have not used the newer models.....Still trying to get the copper out from the originals
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:53 AM
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Re: Barnes TSX/TTSX vs Nosler Partition

I have personally seen or been a part of 5 deer taken this year exclusively with barnes bullets. 2 of them were 120 gr ttsx's out of a 260 rem, and 3 were 140 gr tsx from a 7mm mag. All 5 deer were one shot kills that went down immediately or within sight of the shot, none going more than 30 yards.

I have taken A BUNCH of animals with barnes bullets and couldn't be happier with the results. The amount of internal damage done by these bullets amazes me. I do push them as fast as safely possible to maximize the design characteristics of the bullet. The only complaint I would have about them is the fact that they do copper foul more than the cup and core bullets.
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:58 AM
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Re: Barnes TSX/TTSX vs Nosler Partition

i agree 100% ^ i found out on friday that they work great on elk too.....
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:32 PM
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Re: Barnes TSX/TTSX vs Nosler Partition

I'm happy to say that I'm flying the Barnes Banner in my gunroom right now. I shoot them in my STW's,( 145 grain LRX), and my son is shooting a 140 TSX in his seven mag. I am both pleased with the accuracy, and the terminal performance. I had a horror show last year with another make of bullet, and I vowed that would not happen to me this past year.
I also shoot them in all my other calibers as well, 25, 30,. Another reason is that in the state I live, I feel that we are going to become " lead free " sooner thar later, so at least I'm that much ahead of the game when, not " if " it happens.
Otherwise, I do like the Partition. I have been able to get it to work with me.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:40 AM
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Re: Barnes TSX/TTSX vs Nosler Partition

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I have personally seen or been a part of 5 deer taken this year exclusively with barnes bullets. 2 of them were 120 gr ttsx's out of a 260 rem, and 3 were 140 gr tsx from a 7mm mag. All 5 deer were one shot kills that went down immediately or within sight of the shot, none going more than 30 yards.

I have taken A BUNCH of animals with barnes bullets and couldn't be happier with the results. The amount of internal damage done by these bullets amazes me. I do push them as fast as safely possible to maximize the design characteristics of the bullet. The only complaint I would have about them is the fact that they do copper foul more than the cup and core bullets.

The triple shocks are not made of the same soft copper as the original X bullet was so if fouling is an issue it might be your barrel. I shoot the newer TTSX in both factory and custom barrels from 2600 - 3450 fps and have no fouling issues. I used to coat the original X bullets with acculube 10x to alleviate the fouling but it is not needed with the newer bullets.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:32 PM
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Re: Barnes TSX/TTSX vs Nosler Partition

I have been using partitions since they first became available and have always been happy with their performance out of my .30-06. Though I have not used any Barnes bullets I have heard lots of high praise from those that do.

The Barnes TTSX bullets appeal to me very much however they are not made in the weights I am interested in. I understand their concept of being able to use lighter bullets due to the non-lead and tougher construction. It is just as I am now 63 and I am thinking at using a 7MM STW with one bullet weight for everything from coyotes to very large black bear. I like to use heavy for caliber bullets and the heaviest TTSX bullet Barnes makes is 150 grains. Companies like Nosler and Berger are producing bullets like 175 grain all the way up to the new Berger 195 grain hybrid with a B.C. of 0.672 for long range hunters. The Nosler 175 grain Partition’s BC is 0.519 with a sectional density of 0.310. Now Barnes’ construction is superior in my opinion but to break big heavy bones of bears and then complete penetration from any angle I want more bullet weight than a Barnes TTSX 150 grain with a B.C. of 0.450. Yes, I know that is a lot to ask for such a small caliber bullet but I no longer have the budget or the body to handle multiple firearms for specific game.

When I was younger and richer living in Wyoming, I had my deer/antelope rifle, bear/elk rifle, prairie dog rifle, and anyway you get the idea. Now I’m disabled living on a fixed income so I have to make one rifle do many tasks as we all find ourselves these days. The .375 H&H, .270 Winchester and .223 are all sold and gone. Don’t get me wrong here Barnes lovers I am more than willing to become a Barnes lover to. I just want to see the bullets that meet my personal interests and wants from Barnes.
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