338 300 grain Accubond Update

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by POP, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. POP

    POP Well-Known Member

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    Looks like Midway had them but did not last too long.

    Here is an update from JD 338
    from the 338 RUM.
    27" penetration in ballistic gel
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  2. POP

    POP Well-Known Member

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    From Nosler..............



    Got my box of bullets today in the mail! Thought I'd post up some pics for you all. I will likely make it out tomorrow to do some testing....more to come on that later.

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    Next to a 300gr SMK
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    Load data that was included in the box (was rather disappointed in the data provided considering they didn't include either Retumbo or H1000 for the Lapua Mag)
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    And the other side of the load data sheet
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  3. Eaglet

    Eaglet Well-Known Member

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    That's excellent info. POP, keep us posted as to how well they shoot. :D
    Just like all NAB I expect it to be very accurate.
    Thanks for posting!
     
  4. marioq

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    So, just curious, why shoot the accubonds instead of SMk??
    Is there a difference in bullet construction or performance? Looks to seat just as deep so powder space must not be a concern...
    Thanks
     
  5. T3-OleMan

    T3-OleMan Well-Known Member

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    Bet that puppy pushes back pretty good. Thanks for the info....me and Nellie love them 185 GMX Superformances, don't use a brake-yet.:rolleyes:
     
  6. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Do Noslers published numbers look low to anyone else?
     
  7. green 788

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    Nosler's BC numbers are generally exaggerated...

    I found their 180 grains Ballistic Tips not to be a .500 as they advertise... they went subsonic and tumbled at 1000 yards, even though launched at 2650 fps, which should have easily gotten them to 1000 yards, but it didn't.

    So I doubt pretty seriously these will fly as well as the 300 SMK's, but they'll likely be better hunting bullets of course.

    Just sayin'... the .720 BC may, or may not be right.


    Dan
     
  8. POP

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    The BC has been verified in the field by Nosler, guys.

    As far as why use the AB Vs the SMK....... well without offending anyone. The SMK is not a hunting bullet per Se. It has worked ok and it has been a disaster in hunting from what I have seen. In my opinion not great consistency. That said some swear by it. Personally I will not use it on game. But this is my personal opinion. YMMV.

    The accubond is a ballistic tip with thicker jacket and the core is bonded to the jacket. Specifically a hunting bullet. It will not come apart like a cup and core.

    The 260 375 accubonds has been used on cape buff without any issues.

    Here is a thread. Not too scientific but gives you idea....

    http://noslerreloading.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=16515
     
  9. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    I was talking about the published FPS ont he box
     
  10. highridge1

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    I have had extremely different results with accubonds. I have had them blow up and I have had them act like a full metal jacket. The SMK I have killed stuff with were very impressive all the way past 1000 yards. I would have to really get impressed to switch from the SMK to the Accubond. I doubt the accubond will be as accurate at long range as the SMK or berger. Accuracy is where's it's at. I have yet to know anyone that has has bad results with a 300 GR SMK on game but know many people with bad results with accubonds. Guess we will just have to see how they work out.
     
  11. dogdstr

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    Nosler says Biggest,Baddest bullet with a .720 B.C. I thought the SMK had a .768 B.C.Bobby
     
  12. Shumba

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    I was hoping for more with this bullet. I assumed with an advertised .720 BC that this bullet would have to have a new shape and Ogive design compared to the current AB's. From the pics it appears to have the same Ogive shape, not to mention a loooong bearing surface. My assumption comparing this bullet to the SMK next to it in the pics, I don't see how it could come close to .7 BC. The two bullets side by side look like a barge sitting next to a cigarette boat. I guess we will just have to see what test results here reveal.
     
  13. sp6x6

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    I agree and they where afraid to put a .818, Berger otm in the picture. Some have milled bullet in half and measured jackets, that would be interesting. The log test means little, do that test with a mono metal, great penetration and more weight retention. The long bearing surface may hamper velocity? I think in NA all the 300 will perform because they are large and in charge. I have experianced the same as Highridge with AB, I have used and still do a lot.
     
  14. POP

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