E-tips for 257 Weatherby

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  1. koonazz

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    Has anyone had any experience with the Nosler E-tips in 257 Weatherby ? I was wondering how they perform on thin skinned game at various ranges.
     
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    I tried the etips in several calibers and the accuracy just never equaled what I could get with other bullets. I went back to the barnes ttsx for accuracy in a monometal bullet.
     
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    Thanks for your input L.T.L.R. I'd really hoped to get multiple opinions on the E-Tips, but for now I'll take your word for it. My main concern is bullet failure if a close shot presents itself. I'm new to the game as far as hunting with a cartridge capable of pushing a bullet over 3500 fps. If a 100 yd shot comes up I want to feel confident my bullet is'nt going to explode on impact.
     
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    The e-tips will not blow up. Performance was excellent with the etips I used and that included the 150 grain etips at 3700 fps out of my 300 RUM. They will retain there weight as any monometal bullet just the accuracy was not top notch. Maybe they need to cut the cute little grooves in them like the Barnes. The old barnes x bullets wouldn't shoot worth a flip. But then they cut the grooves in the tsx and ttsx and they are now as accurate as any bullet I shoot. I have several rifles that shoot 1 1/2" groups at a quarter mile with the Barnes tsx and ttsx. One of those is a Weatherby MK 5 in 257 wby mag shooting 100 grain Barnes ttsx at 3760 fps. It is a deadly lazer killer out to 600 or so yards. I would recomend that bullet to you for any shot from point blank to long range. My family has killed game with it from 100-600 yards with excellent results.

    The thing I like about the Barnes is they all weigh the same. In any other bullet I will have several groups of bullets with different weights from the same box. For accuracy always seperate them by weight. With barnes they are all the same weight.

    Are you from cajun country? That name would suggest it.
     
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    I live and hunt in North Louisiana (cajun ancestry). I chose the 257 Roy as primarily a pipeline/highline/cutover weapon. We don't have much other opportunities for shots over 150 yds on average. Thickets, pine plantations, and hardwood bottoms dominate our landscape. We have alot of agriculture, but our deer have been conditioned to avoid wide open places thru generations of overly lax hunting limits and distasteful hunting practices. Man-made right o ways are about my only opportunity to see deer further than my capabilities allow. And yourself? What part of this great nation do you call home?
     
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    I am from Wyoming but have many friends from Louisianna. For a flat shooter to 600 yards or so the 100 grain swift scirroco and ttsx are the two best I have found that shoot well and not blow up at high velocities. If you shoot further than that the berger 115 does well for the long haul.
     
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    I really appreciate the info. It'll probly take an out of state trip for me to see a deer that far. I've shot the scirrocco in 7mm and killed with it. Great bullet, they're just so pricy. I missed out on a chance to hunt mulies in Wyoming a few years back. Hunted in Colorado 3 times, love it out West.
     
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    Have you experienced mostly pass thru performance from the 257, or have you recovered many bullets from game? I've heard alot of stories that game tends to drop at the shot with this caliber. In your experience have you found this to be true or exaggeration?
     
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    Have you experienced mostly pass thru performance with the 257 or have you recovered many bullets from game? I've been told alot of stories about game dropping at the shot with this caliber. In your experience is this common or exaggeration?
     
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    Sorry about the duplicate post. We're experiencing a "winter storm" and lost power briefly. I was'nt sure if the first one got sent or not. I know, I know a 1/2 inch of sleet @ 31 deg does'nt qualify as a winter storm in Wyoming, but ya gotta remember I've lived here 35 years and never seen a white Christmas.
     
  11. Long Time Long Ranger

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    Pass throughs with the ttsx and sometimes the swifts. They usually run with the ttsx and drop dead like hit with a hammer with accubonds and swifts when they don't pass through. It is not exageration. I have seen deer and antelope look like they were knocked off there feet with the 257 wby. You must use a tough hunting bullet with this cartridge because it will destroy average bullets like ballistic tips, game kings and sst's when hitting game at short distances. I haven't tried the interbonds but they probably perform like the accubonds.
     
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    I had'nt even cosidered the interbonds. If Nosler would offer the Accubonds in a 100 gr version I would'nt have a question. I've been using 140 gr Accubonds in my 280 with EXCELLENT results. Everything I've shot with em has gone in the freezer, no exceptions. I get sub moa groups with em from a factory 700 CDL and they hit like a sledgehammer. I'll probly start out with the TSXs everyone says good things about em. Do you have a pet powder for your 257?
     
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    I shoot 75.5 grains of magpro with the 100 grain Barnes ttsx at 3760 fps out of a 26" barrel MK 5. It will group 1 1/2" at a quarter mile. cci 250 primers.
     
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    Did Magpro replace AA8700? I've been lookin for 8700 and can't find it, guess that shows I've been out o the game for a little while. I don't have any load data with Magpro. My most recent books are a couple o years old at best.