180 gr ballistic tips

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  1. shooterpunk2

    shooterpunk2 Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, im going to start working some new loads for my .30-06 for elk hunting and was wanting to try the 180 gr. ballistic tips. Do you think these bullets are effective on elk? I've heard that people have had problems with them exploding on impact and not penetrating at all. should i try these or stick with my gamekings? thanks!
     
  2. Joel Russo

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    Forget the Ballistic Tip for Elk!! Replace it with the 180 gr Accubond, or just stick with your Gameking.
     

  3. cross

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    I've seen 180 Gamekings explode and fail to penetrate more than 3" on mule deer 3". Two bullets from the same rifle on the same deer. The first was a chest shot, forward of the shoulder that did not penetrate the chest cavity at about 250 to 300 yds. The second shot was about 50 or 60 yds and was a high spine shot (not where he was aiming but that's where the bullet went) it blew-up and distroyed the near backstrap and did manage to break the spine but there was no damage on the far side of the deer.

    I've been using 115 Ballistic Tips for years in my 25-06 and don't know if I've ever recovered a bullet because they always pass through at distances from 40 to 300 yds. Mostly used on deer but also one nice 350 lb black bear.

    I'll buy off on any Accubond, or Swift Scirocco, or Barnes-X, etc. recommendation. Elk are tough and I've seen several absorb 3 or 4 premium bullets before hitting the dirt, but I wouldn't be so fast to condemn the Ballistic Tips or to praise the Gamekings.

    If you're worried about it go with premium bullets.


    My $0.02.
     
  4. shooterpunk2

    shooterpunk2 Well-Known Member

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    ive been looking at berger vld bullets lately and i think im going to go with them.
     
  5. Broz

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    I like the Bergers, In the last 7 months I have taken a 6x7 Elk, adult 4x4 Muley, 2 good Axis bucks, a trophy Black Buck Antelope and a Trophy Aoudad Ram. All with 210 VLD's and never tracked a single one.

    JMO

    Jeff
     
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    really? that sounds pretty good to me, although i think the 210 is too heavy for a .30-06, im thinking about the 175 or 185 gr. i hear they like to be seated into the lands, any truth to that?
     
  7. Broz

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    I have some 190's I am going to load up for one of my 300 Weatherbys. I load them as long as the mag box will allow. I can't get to the lands with the freebore of the Wby. I sure would give them a try, Depending on the barrel, twist and the ranges you are going to shoot I think one of those two would work great.

    Jeff
     
  8. Fiftydriver

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    At the velocity you have with the '06 the 180 gr Ballistic Tip would work fine on elk but I would have to agree with Joel and say that since its there, there is no reason not to step up to the 180 gr Accubond as it offers all the good things that the BT offers but also in a much better bullet for penetrating and bullet weight retention.

    I would pic the 180 gr Accubond even over the 180 gr Partition. In my testing the Accubond will retain at least as much bullet weight and generally put penetrate the partition. Plus it shoots flatter and bucks the wind better!!

    For a commercial big game bullet, the Accubonds are about as good as things get, if your rifle shoots them well and most do.
     
  9. MontanaRifleman

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    Nosler has just come out with the 180 gr E-Tip. They have a little better BC than the Accubonds, but not sure about their penetration. I'll be loading them in my 300 WSM.
     
  10. shooterpunk2

    shooterpunk2 Well-Known Member

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    for the 06, do you think 175gr or 185 gr would be better?
     
  11. RockyMtnMT

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    Go w/ the 180 Accubond, or look hard @ the new E-tip.

    steve
     
  12. jwp475

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    Very good advice. IMHO
     
  13. shooterpunk2

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    ive seen those e-tips, any advantage going with them over the accubond? what is the BC of the e-tip?
     
  14. RockyMtnMT

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    I forget the exact b.c. but it is almost the same as the 200gn accubond. In the '06 the added muzzel vel. would be great over the 200grn accubond. I just ordered some to try. Looking forward to using them. Going to try them in a 30-06 and 30-338 lapua imp. I know, not very heavy for cal, but I'm not ready for the loooong ranges yet.

    Steve