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Unread 07-02-2011, 01:39 PM
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Re: 120gr BT's for Deer?

The only thing I would use BT's for is varmits. They explode to easy on deer sized animals. Not enough penitration.
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Unread 07-02-2011, 03:43 PM
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Re: 120gr BT's for Deer?

Check with the Nosler bullet site and you will find they have two Ballistic tip type bullets available one for varmints and one for hunting, been using both for years.
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Unread 07-02-2011, 05:05 PM
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Re: 120gr BT's for Deer?

I don't know which one I been using, but I've seen a couple of dozen whitetails hit with neck shots, chest shots, lung shots, etc. The only one that didn't have an exit wound was hit in the chest with a frontal shot, and pieces of the bullet lodged in the pelvis after wrecking everything in between.

I have no experience with them on game bigger than whitetails. WyoElk2Hunt has got that covered. My next step up now is a .340 Wby with 250gr Nosler Partitions. Used to be a .30 x .378 Roy with 200gr Accubonds.

If the 120gr Ballistic Tips didn't perform, I and all my family would have stopped using them years ago. I don't load any other bullet in our 7-08's.

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Unread 07-03-2011, 04:20 PM
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Re: 120gr BT's for Deer?

I have not personally used them but a well respected gun writer (I believe it was either John Barsness or Steve Timm) wrote that he was turned on to the 7mm 120 gr BT by one of the engineers at Nosler and that it is a stoutly constructed bullet. I'm planning to try them out of my 7mm-08.
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Unread 07-06-2011, 07:57 PM
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Re: 120gr BT's for Deer?

What the "Nosler Guy" was referring to is the 120gr. BT's have the same jacket as the 140gr. BT's...so I've been told. Therefore they are considered stouter than Nosler's typical BT hunting bullet. My wife uses them in a 7mm-08 at 2800fps on our tree farm at 70yds. or less and they flat put the hurt on a Blacktail buck. DRT every time.
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Unread 07-10-2011, 06:57 PM
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Re: 120gr BT's for Deer?

I haven't used the 120BT on deer, but don't see why it wouldn't do the trick. I've had 100-180gr BT's not exit whitetail in the past but I recovered all but one. I think I had a bad batch of 140gr .277 ballistic tips 13 years ago. I lost a buck, killed 2 does and several coyotes with those bullets and none of them exited shooting a 270 win. I may have got a splash hit on the shoulder on the buck I lost, that's where it looked like I hit. The bullets not exiting coyotes makes me wonder. Nosler long ago beefed up the jackets on some of their bullets and I'm sure this is no longer an issue.

Now to the 140gr accubond, I've used it in 270 and 7mm magnums since it came out. I've never recovered one from a deer, and never had a hit deer travel over 100yds. It's my favorite deer bullet and I like the extra insurance of it's penetration. I shot a big bodied 180" deer a couple years ago with this bullet and broke the front shoulder, bullet exited right in front of the opposite hip.

Nothing against the 120BT, my experience with the 140gr AB has just been really good.
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Unread 10-08-2011, 08:44 AM
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Re: 120gr BT's for Deer?

140gr ab over kill for a deer, nothing wrong with it but the 115 gr bst or 120 gr bst is PLENTY for any deer walking North America. They are quick killers and never have failed me
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