AccuBonds vs Ballistic Tips - side by side comparisons

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by slickyboyboo, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. slickyboyboo

    slickyboyboo Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2009
    I've been shooting 165gr Ballistic Tips, through my 300 WM, for about 16 yrs now. I've recently been considering taking it out west for a mule deer/elk hunt, where a little more penetration from a 165 would be great. I don't want to switch from a 165 to a 180, because I am shooting consistent .375" or better groups at 100 yds, and I simply don't want to touch anything. My question is, has anyone done any side by side comparisons on Accubonds vs Ballistic Tips, as far as accuracy, and point of impact? I know both the 165 AB, and the 165 BT, both have the same B.C, and S.D, basically the only difference, is the OAL of the AB is 0.018" longer. In theory, they should shoot almost identical.

    BUNDUKI Well-Known Member

    Jul 14, 2008
    I shoot both AB and BT in my 300WM (180g) I found that the BT have the slight edge in Accuracy .35@100yds compared to .45 for the AB
    I load both with 82.5g H1000 10thou out with Federal 215M primers in Lapua bass the average velocity is within 20fps of each other.

  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    The Accubonds are very close to the Ballistic tips in accuracy and performance. With penetration
    and bullet retained weight going to the Accubond.

    The accuracy is also all most the same with a slight advantage to the Ballistic Tip (But not enough
    to worry about).

    In some rifles the Accubond will actually out perform the Ballistic Tip in both areas.

    I have great luck with the Ballistic Tips on deer, but prefer the accubonds for Elk.

    You can't go wrong if you try the ABs and if you don't like them stay with the Ballistic Tips.

  4. 13point

    13point Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    My 7mm-08 shoots the same group size with both. The only difference I've noticed is the Ballistic Tips POI is 1" left of the Accubonds. The Accubonds I've shot deer with pass thru, even shoulder shots with the 7mm-08.
  5. loaders_loft

    loaders_loft Well-Known Member

    Feb 11, 2008
    I have used them as interchangeable in a 300 rum and a 35 whelen, equal accuracy and point of impact. the whelen and ballistic tip worked awesome on a mule deer doe last month.
  6. Shortmagman

    Shortmagman Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    I am loading a 280 Rem with both 140 Accubonds and 140 Nosler BT. I found that with the exact same powder (RL-19) and load 57.0 grains my Remington 700 CDL shot the loads into almost the same point of impact and with almost the same accuracy-less than one inch at 100 yards. I was comfortable enough with these loads that I felt that I could take a shot with either load out to 400 yards without changing my scope. I took these loads to Nebraska on a deer hunt with the plan of using the BT's for long shots and the Accubonds for close shots. I shot my buck at 100 yards with the BT and was not totally happy with the results eventhough the buck only ran 30 yards. I found the copper jacket in the hide on the opposite side, after blowing up on the ribs going in. I would not have wanted to have shot an elk with this bullets. I know that it is possible that a 165 grain BT may have reacted differently.

    I have loaded and shot deer with the 140 Accubonds and they do not act like the BT. I have yet to recover an Accubond from a deer, they have all exited after doing great internal damage.
  7. D.ID

    D.ID Well-Known Member

    Dec 24, 2008
    I know they should be and theory is they are but in my rifle: They just aint...My tikka in 300 wsm shooting 180s will group under .5" with ballistic tips and in contrast the accubonds shoot 1.25" or worse. The accubonds are the only 165+ bullet she does not like. Lucky for me because I don't like there prices anyway.
  8. hwy40

    hwy40 Active Member

    Jul 31, 2010
    I'm glad to hear that some shooters are having good results with both bullets. I have been using the 180bt for load development in my 300 RUM. One of my reloading buddies had suggested that they would perform identically. With Ballistic tips costing $19 per 50 vs. $32 for Accubonds it pays to use them interchangebly.