Originally Posted by firstshot425
I've read a lot of post on various forums about the effectiveness of the 7mm 120 Ballistic Tip on deer. I've never hunted with these but just tried them out in my new custom 7mm-08 and the accuracy was incredible (groups 1/4" ctc @100 Yds).
In the post that I have read, folks either love or hate them. Most folks citing bullet "failure" included jacket separation, lack of complete pass through, or excessive expansion/minimal or no penetration. I also noticed that most of these "failures" seemed to result from excessive impact velocities. Other "failures" were from the time frame before Nosler toughened up the 120gr BT.
I'm considering using these for deer and hogs here in central Texas. The vast majority of my shots will be right at 100 Yds. I haven't checked velocity on my chronograph yet, but am using a max book load of 50.5 gr H414 in a 24" barrel. Nosler's manual, using a 26" barrel list velocity at aprox 3,180 FPS. I figure that should put me in the 3,100+- FPS MV range and aprox 2,865 FPS @ 100 Yds. So I should be well within the operating parameters of this bullet.
So, my question to all of you that have experience with the 120 BT is how has this bullet performed for you in the past on deer and hogs?
At 7/08 impact velocities, the 120s are perfect.
I tried the 140s and they were just to slow in the 7/08 at 200+yards.
I don't understand why someone would get jacket separation unless they were pushing the Ballistic
over 3500 ft/sec in a fast twist barrel. I have never seen this happen with the ballistic tips unless
the were exceeding its recommended velocity range.
I don't use the 120s in any of my other 7mms but in the 7/08 there is nothing like them.
Try them, and you wont look any further.
They drop deer in there tracks and 300+ pound hogs within 20 or 30 yards.
Just my experience with the 7/08 loaded with 120 grain ballistic tips.
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