Can I ask what your load data is for the 178AH? Just ordered some, first time using hammers, and haven't decided on what powder just yet.Check out the 178 absolute hammer. I’m running them just short of 3300 in my 300WM under 1/2 moa. i shoot hammers in eight rifles and load development rarely requires more than 15 rounds Unless I’m experimenting with different powders. Recently worked up a sub 1/4 moa 204 Ruger load in nine shots.
Yes those early Ballistic Tips shot great but were very fragile and did waste an awful amount of meat.I quit using them for about twenty years because of that.Yes they have improved them greatly.I think they are among the best cup and core hunting bullets you can use for hunting.The only difference I see between them and an Accubond is I get just a little larger wound channel and seem to kill just a little quicker as a result.I have had 100% exits on about fifteen head of deer and a couple of stags.The lead core seems to be really hard in the ballistic tip because it doesn't ruin a lot of meat like some cup and core bullets can do.Baldhunter most likely remember's when ballistic tips had thin jackets and created horrible meat loss but they refined the Ballistic tip and I will not feel handicapped with using them.Just bought 2 more boxes of 180 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip's.
Accubond's are hard to find right now but things are changing as I see more and more loaded ammo and reloading components,except PRIMERS!