From what I've been seeing so far the ABLR'S are nothing like a BergerRegular AB’s or the LRAB’s? The regulars usually hold up pretty well . The LR ones are more frangible like a Berger. Get up in the 200 gr size and heavier. Thats where they’ll work best. Run that 168 in a .308 and at the lower speeds it will do fine.
Unlike a Berger they actually stay together and penetrate, at least the 265 Ablr does.I shot my deer this year with the 142 ablr. Out of a 264 win mag. The internal damage was more than the Berger I used last year. I have built a block to fire bullets into just to see how quick the open up. I know it's not gel. But it gives me an idea. Some of the bullets I've taken deer with so I wanted a comparison. I slowed the 142 ablr down by loading it in my 260 Rem. At 2900 mv. I think these are for LR if you are going to put speed behind them. The impact for my test was would have been north of 2750ish. I like these bullets. I also shot the 168 out of a 308. Here is board #1 for the info and then #4 and #5. The 142 ablr opened up as quick as the 110 v-max
Look at my pictures above, different weight and velocity but I can't ever imagine an ABLR being explosive like the Berger's or ELDM'S.Shocking to think that LR bullets do not hold up to short range high velocity. I dunno maybe they intended the bullet to
Expand at low velocity for a reason seeing as it is called Accubond LONG RANGE?
I have loaded 175 ABLR down to 1590 fps impact in a 7-08 and shot it into gel. They still expand even at that velocity. Crank that dude up to 3110fps impact in my 7wsm and it is the shallowest, most explosive expansion I have ever seen from a bullet of this sectional density in any caliber. It’s more violent than a berger, amax, eld m/x, TMK, I tried them all at various speeds.
with all that being said I no longer shoot bergers at very long distances on deer sized game. When they get below 2000 fps I’ve seen a lot pencil through both gel and deer. ELDs expand down to about 1750 fps. ABLE even lower than that.
so to sum this up, it’s not surprising that when nosler engineered this bullet to expand at very low impact speed, if you shoot it at a range that means high impact speed, it over expands and under penetrates. There is no magic to it.
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