Upcoming Bison Hunt What Bullet?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by drwindmill, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. drwindmill

    drwindmill Well-Known Member

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    I have an upcoming bison hunt and am contemplating what bullet to use in my 338-378 Tejas.

    Accubond 300
    Berger 300
    Barnes 285

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  2. acloco

    acloco Well-Known Member

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    Barnes. Believe I would want a bullet that stays together in case you hit bone.

    Have you called the outfitter for the bison hunt? They might have recommendations.
     

  3. drwindmill

    drwindmill Well-Known Member

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    I have and he said it up to what I feel comfortable with. I am leaning towards the Barnes.
     
  4. 429421Cowboy

    429421Cowboy Well-Known Member

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    I believe it largely depends on shot placement. I have seen plenty of buff dropped with rifles as light as a .243 with a behind the ear shot, which is how both of the guys i know that raise buffalo prefer to do it, and have seen several shot for slaughter with a .22 mag in the "magic X" from eye to ear at point blank.
    Personally, with your rifle i would think any of the three bullets would give excelent results for lung shots, and you likely couldn't tell the difference in results with a behind the ear shot. My choices would go Berger, Nosler, Barnes, but that reflects my personal ranking of the bullets as well. Good luck on your upcoming hunt!
     
  5. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    Shoot what ever you've been shooting, no reason with any of those bullets to make a change over a Buffalo or any animal in North America for that matter.
     
  6. CPGfan

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    I shot a buffalo in WY in 07 with a 168 Berger in a 7mm @274 right behind the shoulder and it was lights out in less than two steps for the mighty tatonka!!
     
  7. HARPERC

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    All good choices, but I'd say the Accubond. Reason-curiosity, you'd be fairly high up on the list of putting it to use, and letting us know how it worked.
     
  8. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    I think anyone that has used the 300 Berger on elk would have no problem telling you to go with the Big Berger. But since I have never taken a Buff I just don't feel I should pick you bullet. But I thought I was going to go on a Buff hunt last year and I was all ready to take my 338 Lapua and a 300 Berger OTM. I have confidence in the bullet and I had shot enough of them to feel I could place it well.

    Jeff
     
  9. drwindmill

    drwindmill Well-Known Member

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    Well, I used the Barnes 285 grain and it did awesome. I shot him through the shoulder and the bullet exited.

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  10. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the follow up picture. Always nice to see the outcome of these conversations.