Changing Ballistic Tip to Accubond

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by urbaneruralite, Jul 21, 2019.


Help Support Long Range Hunting by donating:


  1. urbaneruralite

    urbaneruralite Active Member

    Messages:
    43
    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2005
    Do Accubond tend to group similarly to the same weight Ballistic Tip?
     
  2. BallisticsGuy

    BallisticsGuy Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    797
    Joined:
    May 8, 2016
    That's asking, "Because I like apple fritters, will I enjoy lemon jelly donuts?"

    How agreeable a consumer of a thing, be it your mouth or your rifle, will be to a particular thing has no bearing on if it'll like something else entirely which happens to share 1 similarity but which also has 100 differences
     
  3. Hand Skills

    Hand Skills Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    676
    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2017
    They have for me.

    Let's see;

    Same jacket
    Same overall length
    Same shape
    Same bearing surface
    Same boattail.

    I don't meant to be a contrarian, and maybe I've just been lucky, but I'm curious what the 100 differences are @BallisticsGuy - very much value your contributions here!
     
    WYO300RUM, Russ66, Nowoolies and 9 others like this.
  4. JKB57

    JKB57 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    439
    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2009
    Talked with Nosler several months ago on this subject and the tech told me they are the same bullet only one has a bonded core and the other does not I have shot them side by side and if there is a difference it would be very marginal as I don't see any difference on paper with the same load
     
  5. Calvin45

    Calvin45 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    262
    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2019
    same published bc too (both inflated)
    Same load data and published velocity for identical loads by nosler.

    But of course, the accubonds all have white tips and the b-tips are all different colours. And if hornady has taught us anything it’s that the tip is all important! The white tips will not heat up in the sunlight as much and won’t melt as fast. This is the single biggest advantage of accubond bullets over all the others. (Hoping my sarcasm is obvious)
     
  6. manitou

    manitou Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    291
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2018
    They both shoot nearly identical in two of my rifles at 100 yds. I have not shot the NBTs at distance to compare though.
     
  7. MagnumManiac

    MagnumManiac Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,717
    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2008
    Yes, I can use the same load and brass with 180gr Accubonds/Ballistic Tips in my 300 and have almost identical POI.

    This doesn't happen in every cartridge, however.

    Cheers.
     
  8. YZ-80

    YZ-80 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    278
    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2019
    I have used 95 grain NBTs and 115 grain NBTs in my .243s and my .25-06, respectively for several years and still do. Plus, I was able to get a really good deal on them from Midway and stocked up. Anyway, my first experience with the Accubond was in my 6.5-284 (130 grain) and man does it shoot! I use the same bullet in my 6.5 ([email protected]&#%Moore) and it shoots great out of that too. The terminal performance does not disappoint from either bullet, either. I was a bit surprised to see that the Accubond is subject to limited production and seasonal availability so if you do adopt it as your “go-to” bullet, stock up while you can!
     
    Russ66, MATADOR48 and urbaneruralite like this.
  9. Buttermilk

    Buttermilk Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    572
    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2005
    The Accubond and Ballistic Tip have shot similar for me when shot from a 280AI and a 30-280AI.
     
    CCAguns, MATADOR48 and urbaneruralite like this.
  10. YZ-80

    YZ-80 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    278
    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2019
    Well, then the obvious questions that have to be asked are:

    1) Why haven’t they discontinued the white tips?

    2) Why don’t they offer a rainbow- tipped option?

    HELLO people!!!!
     
    WYO300RUM, Westfork and Saracen like this.
  11. Hand Skills

    Hand Skills Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    676
    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2017
    Screenshot_2019-07-21-18-24-17~(1).jpg It's a beautiful world!
     
  12. YZ-80

    YZ-80 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    278
    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2019
    Well, not exactly “ROYGBIV” but that’s a start!
     
  13. Hand Skills

    Hand Skills Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    676
    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2017
    Actually they do have O now, 22cal is orange. The rainbow is complete!
     
  14. YZ-80

    YZ-80 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    278
    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2019
    I can reload and shoot with confidence now! Thank you Hand Skills!