Bullet Performannce

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  1. Elkaddict

    Elkaddict Well-Known Member

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    Shot a 200lb buck last night with a 270WSM using 140g accubonds started at a chronographed 3200fps. At 250 yds, I hit the both heavy shoulder bones. Surprisingly, the bullet did not exit and was found just under the skin. Accubonds are supposed to have partition like weight retention which is typically 66%. The retained weight was 59grain or 42%. Had similar issue with a 300lb mule deer two years ago at similar range. I’m thinking notwithstanding the bonded construction, these are too soft at these speeds (impact velocity was just about 2700fps). I’ve taken large bodied deer at 350yds and beyond with perfect performance (racquet ball sized exits wounds). Anyone else have like experience with accubonds? I’m starting to understand why some call them accubombs….. Thoughts? These shoot so well in my Tikka I’m a little hesitant to change to partitions. F58219C2-EE7F-4298-97D1-B4BBD1DF3471.jpeg
     
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    That doesn't look horrible to me for a shoulder hit at 250 yards with a 140 grain bullet. I understand your concern about the weight retention, but that looks like a very nice sized mushroom. I used to shoot a 264 Win Mag with 129 grain Hornady Interlocks. On one deer I had the copper jacket lodged under the skin on the opposite side of a shoulder with zero lead left in the jacket.

    My son and I are now both shooting 300 Win Mags with 180 grain bullets, so we are going to get pass throughs and big holes on everything.
     
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    Native, I’ve got a 7mm STW (160s at 3350) or 300WBY (165s at 3400+) or a 340WBY (210s at 3250). I’ve gravitated to the 270WSM because it shoots flat/hits hard but even in the light weight Tikka, recoil is such that I can still see impact. I might have to try some partitions or 150s in it.
     
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    Yes, your 270 wsm might be the near perfect sized deer caliber for nearly all conditions. We are shooting 300 mags because of blood tracking in native grass fields. The bigger the hole the better for us.
     
  5. Drycreek

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    Looks to me as if the bullet did its job. You recovered the deer and the bullet. I know two holes are preferable, but it’s hard to argue with success. That said, I shoot a .280 Rem, (old school I know), with a 140 grain Sierra Game King and a healthy load of R 19 behind it. I also have a .300 WSM and I can’t see that the deer know the difference. I have to say though, we don’t have 200 lb. bucks where I hunt and very seldom a shot beyond a couple hundred yards. For the last few years I’ve always shot my deer in the high shoulder, I don’t mind tracking, but at my age and condition, I don’t fancy dragging one a hundred yards out of the woods.

    BTW, congrats on the buck but…..no pics, it didn’t happen !:D
     
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    100% energy transfer with a bullet that remains in the animal. It’s been a long time since I rifle hunted but when I did, 140 grain accubond hand loads were my favorite pills to use with my 270 WSM. The perfect bullet construction for deer IMO. I always had two holes but the WSM packs a little more punch.


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  7. Elkaddict

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    These are the last two bucks with no exits. I understand the muley a little more because it was huge bodied. For perspective on the body size, those antlers were 31” wide. On the whitetail, you can see the bump where the bullet was found. I’ve included the Live Photo of the whitetail to give perspective to its body size. 1A56CE13-17E7-4689-BB69-10948302F206.jpeg 135596DD-9A76-4291-88B1-14FD96669954.jpeg 00D4BCF9-3EFC-43E4-9A1B-6F1021A1CF68.jpeg 512490FD-C868-4827-95C6-443659DBB928.jpeg
     
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    Nice muley !
     
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    If you want high weight retention, switch to copper instead of a different lead bullet.
     

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