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anyone use the nosler Accubonds

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  1. troy fairweather

    troy fairweather Member

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    just like to here what some of you think about the nosler accubonds. i am thinking of getting some to try in my 7wsm, i am looking at the 150,160 and the 168 LR. these will be for deer maybe black bear, probably no more then 500 yards. thanks. troy.
     
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    My cousin uses them in his 7mm ultra-mag. He put down a moose last year and is quite satisfied with them, they shoot tight groups as the name suggests.
    I bought a box of 140s for my 6.5x55, ill let you know if i blast something!
     
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    I forgot i have some if the 260s for my .375, as well as rhe 168s for my 7mm.
    Ive heard only good stuff bout the accubond and ablrs so far.
     
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    The 160 is my go to bullet in 280 Ackley.

    Excellent bullet within 800 yards....there are better ones for longer range.
     
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  5. troy fairweather

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    ya i never heard anything bad before, there not much online other then sponsored video or reviews. i have seen where pricey bullets under preform and people wont say anything bad because they payed $$$ for them. are they any better then the $18 per 100 speers?.
     
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    Wait .. You were asking about the Accubond LR bullets ... My bad.

    Also great bullets, not the best at close range though.
     
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    well the 168 long range, if i go to the 150 or 160 i think the normal accubond will be fine.
     
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    Don't think there is a 150 in the original Accubond, the 150 is an LR too.

    There is a 140 Accubond.
     
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    I'm behind the times ... I see there are new bullets on Noslers site.

    There is a 150 Accubond now.
     
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    I've got enough 160's to last me a lifetime of hunting ....honestly, I don't even hunt with the rifle much anymore.

    Been concentrating on handgun hunting the past 3 years.
     
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    I've killed a couple deer and a 3 elk with 250 grain 338's at ranges from 20 yards to 300. Didn't recover a bullet (pass throughs) while enjoying thoroughly satisfying results. The most "work" I gave any of those five bullets was a quartering away shot on a smallish cow elk that entered a little back on the rib cage, tore up the lungs, removed the arteries from the top of the heart, and exited low on the neck on the far side. The farthest tracking job on any of them was maybe 30 yards. I know my dad has shot a couple elk with 140 grain 6.5's with his Swede. I can't report on his satisfaction level with the bullets but all the elk were recovered. If my memory serves, he killed them all with head or neck shots with that rifle.
     
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  13. troy fairweather

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    i like a bullet that will pass through better blood trail, tho not many i have shot ran i am a shoulder shooter. the one problem i have is i sit up in fields hoping for 200 or 300 yard shoots, but have many deer come in close to.
     
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    Some of the best groups I’ve ever shot were with 160gr 7mm Accubonds out of my .280 Ackley.
     
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    I was a Ballistic tip man since 80s when the old style Winchester Silvertips dried up. Problem was both those bullets regularly fragged over say 2500 fps impacts . Killed rapidly USUALLY. The Accubonds expand very well reliably and do so up to at least 3200 fps impact velocities. That 260 grain .375 Accubond is a really honey on elk and below out to unethical ranges.. It has high BC (an Accubond trait) the polymer tip holds up in handling and aids feeding , Whats more to love ?
     
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    They are great reliable bullets if you can justify the cost. Bullets are a drop in the bucket of what I spend hunting so I don’t worry much about an extra $10 a year in bullets.
     
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    I have been using Accubonds in 30 and 33 caliber and my opinion is somewhat mixed. If you are using them for deer and black bear I think you would do better to use standard cup & core bullets like the Sierra GameKing. I say this as someone who shoots several hundred rounds each year. They cost half as much as the Accubonds and accuracy and performance are just as good or better in most cases. When I exhaust my supply of 30 caliber Accubonds I won't buy any more. Every time I go to the range and for accuracy I test the Accubonds against the standard cup & core bullets the cup & core bullets win. Even the cheaper Speer boattails at 23 cents each will outshoot the Accubonds. I do use near max loads and won't drop the powder charge to get better accuracy, and I am satisfied with MOA loads. I think a hunting rifle should shoot MOA groups and I have trouble getting Accubonds to shoot less than MOA.
     
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  18. Captcurt

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    The AB is my go to bullet in most of my rifles. I have taken deer with 110gr in a 257 Weatherby. I hit one on the shoulder and found the bullet at the pelvis. It retained 64% of it's weight. This was at a range of about 40 yards. If a bullet was going to separate it would have been this one. My 243 has over a dozen notches and likes the 95 gr. They are messey at close range. I completely ruined a shoulder with one. I have also used the 130gr in a 6.5 Creedmoor from 30 yards out to 357 Yards. Worked swell. My old 300WSM put down several with the 165Gr. I tried the 150s this year and they are pretty violent. I have never seen tissue damage like that. I will be going back to the 165 in the WSM.

    The Speer HotCor is a very good bullet but I haven't used them in anything hotter than a 270. Probably have taken 35-40 deer with them. Never recovered a bullet. I did recover a Speer Grandslam. Perfect mushroom.
     
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    I use the Accubond or Accubond LR in the following: 243 (90 gr AB), 25-06's (110 AB), 6.5x55 Swede (142 gr ABLR), 264 WM (142gr ABLR), 256 Newton (129 gr ABLR), 30-06 (165 gr AB). All have taken game from whitetails to elk from as close as 30' to my longest shot on game with them at 426 yards. Only recovered one and that one penetrated about 4' of elk and was found in the meat on the off-side shoulder after punching through a rib and the shoulder blade.
    Impacts from approximately 3100 fps to 2700 fps. Only one moved after getting hit and then only 20 yards.
    Put them through a shoulder on most shots and you'll have two holes and a decent blood trail (though on most of mine, the tracking job was 3' straight down). Close-in shots, put them through the ribs and take out the off-side shoulder if you can and you'll be cleaning a deer/elk/moose/pig etc in short order.
    (I shoot the 64 gr bonded SP from Nosler in my 223)
     
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    I've not put one into game yet, but the 165 gr bullets shoot well in my 308's, although some people can't get them to shoot well for them. But something to consider, and I'm moving in that direction. At one time Nosler did not recommend their Ballistic Tip for game larger than deer. But people used them on bear and elk size game anyway, often with poor results and with the accompanying complaints to Nosler. Nosler addressed the problem by making SOME of the Ballistic Tip bullets much tougher. Any Ballistic Tip 27 caliber and up with bullet weights 150 gr and up are now a much tougher bullet than they used to be. I'm hearing from a lot of people that they give near identical performance as the AB on bigger game, but are generally more accurate and about 1/2 the cost.

    The 168 gr BT shoots even better than the 165 AB in my rifles. I will probably start moving in that direction and not buy anymore AB's after using up the ones I have. For me whitetail and black bear are the primary game hunted anyway. An elk is on my bucket list, I just want one and I'm done. I got the opportunity to hunt them last fall and plan on going back each year until successful. From what I've seen the heavier BT's will get the job done.
     
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    From sps i can get the AB cheaper then the BT. I would love to go on a elk hunt but money's to tight, I think one would be plenty for me.
     
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