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Old 02-20-2012, 06:20 AM
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325WSM 200 grainers Vs 220 grainers

Hi all,

First time poster long time reader!

I recently purchased a Browning X bolt with the titanium finished stock and fluted barrel, then topped it with a 4.5-14x44 Ziess Conquest. Primarily the light weight unit will be used for hunting sambar deer in Australia. Sambar are the biggest of our deer species and a big stag can weigh between 550 to 600lbs (or 250kgs)

These deer are tough any many that hunt them in Australia preach using calibres like the 458, 416 or 375 to pull these blokes up

To give you an idea go to
YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.

As you can see this stag took 3 fatal hits from my 300 WM using 180 grain Barnes Tipped Triple Shocks. A projectile I dubbed drill bits as at 260 meters when driven quit hard at 3125 fps at the muzzle don't expand enough. I find them very good under 100 meters. A friend had a similar experience on a bedded stag.

Now to get to my question! In my 325WSM I'm currently using 200 grain Accubonds. Winchester factory ammo that shoots and groups very well. After using Barnes I switched to 180 Accubonds in my 300WM that proved soft not even exiting on a large stag when taking a quartering shot. I lost that stag after 4 days of searching which was a gut wrenching experience!

Can anyone provide feedback on the 200 grain Accubonds on large game animals? Be it sambar, elk, moose or even thick skinned African beast.

Alternatively I am considering loading some 220 grain projectiles. The 220 grain Sierra Game King with its thicker jacket ( designed for the 8mm) seems to stand out. Can anyone offer feedback on this alternative on tough animals?

Last but least, loads! In Australia powders are limited and my best option is the Aliant RL powders. Can anyone provide load details using Aliant/RL powders using a 220 grain projectile? If you be so kind as to provide speed and barrel length in your answer. Someone who owns the same rifle would be cool.

Apart from that good hunting and appreciate your feedback

Sambarstalker
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:37 PM
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Re: 325WSM 200 grainers Vs 220 grainers

I have shoot a handfull of elk with my 325 wsm A bolt. Out to just under 600 yrd. That was a 200 NAB @ 2825. I like the rifle for packing, but at 800 yrds that load has 936 E. This rifle I like but it is a medium range rifle for me as I have 2 that ARE BETTER suited for elk at distance
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:03 AM
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Re: 325WSM 200 grainers Vs 220 grainers

Thanks for the info mate!

It's encouraging to hear the Accubonds out of the 325WSM has that kind of knock down power at 600 yards. In the hills we hunt that is a long shot and the risk of loosing the animal very real. For example I shot a 300kg stag at 80 meters using a 180 grain MRX. He crawled 15 meters and took a mate and I close to 2hours to find him.

Since massive bush fires in the state of Victoria the regrowth has been a massive issue and has changed the dynamic of hunting these deer.

Once again thanks and I appreciate your feedback

Good huntin
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:30 PM
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Re: 325WSM 200 grainers Vs 220 grainers

I shoot a X bolt in 325 WSM using the 200 gr accubonds. When I get home, I will post the load for you. It was a tackdriver. Was under 1/2 MOA at 100 yard 3 shot groups. You will not be disappointed with the accubonds.

Just got home so here is the load that I was using:

Powder: 65 gr of IMR 4350
Bullet: 200 gr Accubond
COAL: 2.880"

I can't remember the exact speed but i know for sure that it was in the range of 2800 to 2850 fps.

Just start a few grains lower and work up incase you show pressure before 65.

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Old 02-23-2012, 01:41 AM
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Re: 325WSM 200 grainers Vs 220 grainers

Thank! Have you played around with 220 grain projectiles at all?
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Old 02-23-2012, 03:10 AM
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Re: 325WSM 200 grainers Vs 220 grainers

No I have not. I haven't found the 200 gr Accubond to be lacking in any department out to 400 to 500 yards so I haven't even bothered with any thing else. It hits like a hammer at those ranges.
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:08 AM
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Re: 325WSM 200 grainers Vs 220 grainers

Great to hear! What are you hunting with it?
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