switching to hunting bullet for 6.5 saum, input welcome

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  1. rockwind

    rockwind Well-Known Member

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    need hunting bullet input. 24" proof .120 freebore 1:9 barrel on my saum. been using 150 smk's that work darn good but i am switching to a more dedicated hunting bullet, the current contenders are the 143 eld x, the 142 accubond LR, and of course the bergers has the 140 vld or elite. unless i am missing something, not too many other good choices. would appreciate reasonable advice based on recent experience. i want as heavy a bullet as accurately possible, i lean towards the bergers because bryan litz recommends them. however, the accubond have a great history for a hunting bullet and the hornady's, well,,,, after using hornady brass,,,,my impression of things hornady is not positive but i know lots of folks like the eld's thanks in advance
     
  2. Rick Richard

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    In my opinion, you have it covered. My choice based on experience is the Berger.
     
  3. rockwind

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    course there is the lapua scenar 139 someone just reminded, can't leave that out
     
  4. Farmerboy78

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    the hybrid works well also
     
  5. BEEMAN

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    Could look into Matrix bullets if you want something heavier. They make up to a 160 gr. VLD. The 150’s shot very good out of my 6.5 Sherman. 160’s were not bad but the 150’s were better.
     
  6. huntandfish2983

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    I shot the elite hunters in my 6.5 saum last deer season. This year I'm gonna try the 140 eld match.
     
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  7. Rick Richard

    Rick Richard Well-Known Member

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    I am taking my 6.5 SAUM with me this week to New Mexico for elk. I will be shooting (hopefully) 140 VLD.
     
  8. rockwind

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    good luck!
     
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    You mentioned two noslers bullets...they are not alike...
    The LRAB(LONGRANGE ACCUBOND) is much thinner in the front than the standard Accubond...also i believe the body of the acc to be heavier...
    And i believe the frontal portion of the LRAB is made softer than the acc...
    I have only one elk to have the experience with..but that lrab left a .5" chunk of the boattail in the elk....sure it killed the elk...but fragments were allover the place....that was 570 yards....accubonds have proven they stay together much better....
     
  10. Plowboy85

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    The hybrids work very well for me with accuracy and delivering death lol
     
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  11. rockwind

    rockwind Well-Known Member

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    thanks for all the input! i believe i have found my answer!
     
  12. STI

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    std accubond is what I settled on, I found 143ELD-X were too explodey and wrecked / wasted too much meat however a lot of you guys seem to like that
     
  13. L.Sherm

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    I would question the stability with a 9 twist.
     
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  14. rockwind

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    oops,,, that is 1:8. i had been messing with my 7 rm which is a 9 and got confused