Thanks for the kind note.
Based on my early wet newsprint testing at 100 yards I?ll score the following bullets as the most damage to the least. That said, I score my results noting the diameter of the shock ring, bullet hole, penetration, bullet diameter, weight retention. I score every 3 inches from impact until the bullet stops.
1 - Sierra 120 PH ? I was surprised at the massive damage this bullet did within the first 6 inches
Penetration 12.5 inches / diameter .465 inch / weight 61.1 grains
2 ? Nosler 125 Partition - Damage the first six inches on par with the Sierra
Penetration 18 inches / the top of the lead core was gone / diameter .500 inch / weight 79 grains
3 ? Nosler 120 Ballistic Tip ? Damage the first six inches was only half that of the Sierra and Partition
Penetration 13.5 inches / diameter .539 inches / weight 71.5 grains
4 ? Nosler 130 Accubond ? Damage on par with the 120 ballistic tip first six inches
Penetration 14.5 inches / diameter .514 inches / weight 98.9 grains
5- Barnes 100 TTSX ? Damage the first six inches on par with the 120 ballistic tip
Penetration 13 inches / diameter .574 inches / weight 90.3
6 ? Barnes 120 TTSX ? Only 2.5-inch shock ring, did not produce the damage that the others did
Penetration 12.5 inches / diameter .560 inches / weight 119.5 grains
I just received the Sierra 130 HPGK and have not tested them enough yet. Based on my current results I will setup for the top 3, they all impact to the same spot. My main target will be Whitetail Deer.
Thanks David ? I tell my wife all the time I need to get a really mean looking boar head for the wall? I think such a hunt needs to be in my near future!
Chance ? JD put together a series of wildcats based on the 30-06 family of cartridges call magnum beaters for the TC Encore. They range from 257 though 416. They are blown out with very little taper and a 60-degree shoulder and a very short ~.250-inch neck. I have the 280 and 35-06 version; I was looking at the 257 but JD recommended the 6.5 so 6.5 it was.
Here is a picture:
On the left is a standard 270 with a 150 NBT next to the 6.5-270 with a 120 NBT. The JDJ using Hornady 270 brass holds 76.3 of water.
Erine ? Thanks as well. The fastest powder in my listings compared to the others was A4350, my notes show only a velocity test. 55 grains with a 120 NBT ran 2686fs. I have taken the 120?s up to 2860fs with other powders but consider them hot, groups seem to widen once the velocity of 2800fs is exceeded. I settle for the happy medium of accuracy with velocity.