6.5 hunting bullet alternatives

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  1. Slim13

    Slim13 Member

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    Need some ideas on an alternatives to Berger VLD’s and Nosler Accubond LR’s since both seem to be unobtainable. I have 500 of the 140 hunting VLD’s on the way whenever Midsouth gets them back in stock but I have an early season rifle Anterless-Elk hunt coming up August 1st. Does anyone have a suggestion For an alternative that’s actually available?

    Thanks!
    Slim
     
  2. lee31

    lee31 Well-Known Member

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    140 Nosler Accubond. It'll do whatever you need.
     
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  3. Clifflopez

    Clifflopez Well-Known Member

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    Hornady seems to stay in stock and are usually on sale often at midway. I got 1000 140 eldm for $300 shipped the other day.
     
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  4. highdrum

    highdrum Well-Known Member

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    JLK or Matrix vlds
     
  5. Short Case

    Short Case Well-Known Member

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    Slim I have a full box of 142 Nosler AB and part of a box 160 Matrix VLD
    If they would work for send me a phone number
     
  6. gunaddict

    gunaddict Well-Known Member

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    Sportsman Warehouse had some 6.5 Nosler LR Accubonds 142gr in stock at my local store.
     
  7. MagnumManiac

    MagnumManiac Well-Known Member

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    If your plan is to shoot inside 800, then the 140gr Accubond will do all you need.
    This is what I started with way back when they first appeared for serious long range hunting. Prior to this I was banging steel at 800 with the 140gr BT’s, didn’t take any game beyond around 680 with them, and they performed very well at that distance on small fallow deer.

    I have used the 142gr ABLR quite successfully now, it performs better for me than Bergers do.

    Cheers.
    :)
     
  8. Just cut

    Just cut Well-Known Member

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    I have switched all but one of my 6.5’s from 140 vld’s To 143 eldx.
     
  9. Slim13

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    Bought some 140 accubonds online. Shots on this hunt should top out around 500.

    Short case you’re awesome. Thanks for the generous offer!
     
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  10. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    The Hornady Interbond is back in Production and is an awfully hard bullet to beat performance wise.

    After decades of shooting everything else when the interbonds became unobtainable I was pretty desperate. I started shooting the Peregrine VRG and VLR's when I was in Africa in 2015 and after 3 years of shooting hundreds of critters with them in the .260's and .264wm I pretty well won't shoot anything else.

    They hit like a truck, never fail to expand and can never overexpand or blowup. I ran out of them for a while at the end of last season and went back to the interbonds until I could get the next shipment in and remembered why that was my go to bullet for a couple of decades. Fortunately I just got a shipment of a couple of hundred of the VLR 4's and 5's so I am probably set up for the next couple of years but if I do run out, I also have plenty of Interbonds as a backup.
     
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  11. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    +1 in 140JLK VLD’s. Over 50 game animals taken, with superb accuracy and performance on game.
     
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    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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    Eldm/eldx
     
  13. RevJim

    RevJim Well-Known Member

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    Nosler 125 Partition or 140 Speer/Sierra, etc.
     
  14. RockyMtnMT

    RockyMtnMT Official LRH Sponsor

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    For your yardage needs the 130g Sledge Hammer will handle everything you need.

    Steve