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#5393707 - 11/02/14 11:29 AM .257 Wby Bullet Question
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Bird Dog

Registered: 11/12/11
Posts: 499
So I just bought a .257 Wby, a caliber I wanted a long time ago but wouldn't buy until I reloaded. Now that I reload and have one, I'm starting to think about what kind of bullet I want to pick for this rifle. I've been very happy with 130 and 168 gr Barnes TSX in my .270 and .300WSM and am leaning towards a 100 gr TSX for this gun. I am also considering an 110 gr Accubond, 115 gr Partition, or even maybe 110 gr Hornady Interbond. This rifle would primarily be a Deer and smaller gun but I want the bullet I chose to be usable on Elk out to 300 yds or so if needed too. I don't have any worries about a 100 gr TSX on an Elk but don't have much experience with the other types of bullets on an animal that tough. Any thoughts and opinions will be greatly appreciated.

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#5393744 - 11/02/14 12:00 PM Re: .257 Wby Bullet Question [Re: ltsheets]
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.257's BC isn't very good so I would use the heaviest you can get if you plan shoot past 300. Barnes is a good bullet for larger game, Swift Scriocco is a heavier Jacketed bullet than the accubond. The hornady GMX is a hard bullet also similar to the Barnes.

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#5394397 - 11/02/14 05:34 PM Re: .257 Wby Bullet Question [Re: ltsheets]
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Bird Dog

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Yea I've thought of the gmx too.

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#5394635 - 11/02/14 07:44 PM Re: .257 Wby Bullet Question [Re: ltsheets]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
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Used the 80gr ttsx on deer over three hundred no issues, even used it on oryx.

In fact I've killed with 80gr Ttsx, 100gr tsx, 110 ab, 100gr spritzer, 100gr spire point and 115 vld. All animals where DRT.

On elk I'd use the 100gr tsx or 110 AB. Id use the 80gr Ttsx if that's all I had. 115vld is great but I'd only use it for broadside shots and stay away from the shoulder.

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#5394639 - 11/02/14 07:45 PM Re: .257 Wby Bullet Question [Re: ltsheets]
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Registered: 09/24/11
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Loc: Snyder, tx
For deer and pigs I use 100 grain matchkings. Do not expect an exit of you try them. For elk I would use the 100 grain tsx or partitions. That's my plan anyways. Out to 300 yards, I wouldn't worry about BC.

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#5394645 - 11/02/14 07:46 PM Re: .257 Wby Bullet Question [Re: spg]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
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Originally Posted By: spg
.257's BC isn't very good so I would use the heaviest you can get if you plan shoot past 300. Barnes is a good bullet for larger game, Swift Scriocco is a heavier Jacketed bullet than the accubond. The hornady GMX is a hard bullet also similar to the Barnes.


Great bullet but you won't get it near as hot as the AB.

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#5394698 - 11/02/14 08:06 PM Re: .257 Wby Bullet Question [Re: ltsheets]
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Registered: 09/16/09
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A couple of thoughts to consider. A Barnes bullet will copper foul BAD at the Wby speeds. In 5-15 rounds, accuracy will begin to fall off. Plus, the copper bullets do not have the hydrostatic shock of the lead bullets of equal weight and speed. I'm not a big fan of them, but they do have their place. The Swift Scirocco is a great bullet, but one of the most finicky to find a load for. It is an aggressive secant ogive (VLD) bullet, and likes to be seated close to or touching the lands. It offers a high BC for a hunting bullet. If you have a long magazine and can seat the bullet out far, it could work well. It's hard to beat your good bonded bullets, like the Accubond and Interbond. They are very good. The Partition is your tried and true A-frame bullet that will work well, just expensive to shoot.
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#5394808 - 11/02/14 08:55 PM Re: .257 Wby Bullet Question [Re: ltsheets]
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Bird Dog

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I didn't realize the barnes would have so much copper fouling. that's something I'm still trying to understand. I shoot the barnes in both my .270 and 300wsm. When should I start to worry about the copper fouling? Do you have to use a good copper solvent to clear it and then refoul the barrel to get good accuracy? I've been very happy with the bullets in both those guns...

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#5394836 - 11/02/14 09:05 PM Re: .257 Wby Bullet Question [Re: ltsheets]
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I did a custom load work up for a good customer in his 300 Wby shooting the 168 Tipped TSX at ~3250 fps. It was a brand new custom barrel we built. He did the barrel break in of about 30 rounds, then gave it to me for load work up. It shot great. It shot about 1/3 moa, maybe a little better. Once I loaded up a bunch of the ammo with the load that shot the best, we headed to the range. We cleaned it before we started. We confirmed zero at 200, and moved back to 3, 4, 5, and 600 yards, shooting groups and getting elevations at each distance. After about 10-15 rounds, we could barely hit a 2 moa size target. So we cleaned it. Groups would immediately tighten back up and be good for another 10-15 rounds. If you waited til 20 shots, you were all over the place. Each time we cleaned it, we were pulling out deep teal blue patches (copper fouling). This was the first time I had seen this, and I've seen it many more times since. If you push the Barnes TSX bullets faster than about 3K fps, they will copper foul up a barrel quickly. It is a noticeable amount of copper to cause accuracy issues.
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#5394933 - 11/02/14 09:58 PM Re: .257 Wby Bullet Question [Re: ltsheets]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 11/12/11
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Thanks for the info. What were you using to clean the barrel?

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#5394935 - 11/02/14 10:01 PM Re: .257 Wby Bullet Question [Re: ltsheets]
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I use Butch's Bore Shine for all my needs. It's a good all around cleaner. We also used a copper specific cleaner once we figured out what was going on.
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#5394995 - 11/02/14 10:48 PM Re: .257 Wby Bullet Question [Re: ltsheets]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 11/12/11
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Ok that's why I was asking. I don't have any copper specific cleaner so it sounds like I need to get some. I've probably put a good 50-60 rds or more through my 300wsm and .270 while developing loads so I'm betting they both need a good cleaning before refouling them and taking them hunting.

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#5394997 - 11/02/14 10:48 PM Re: .257 Wby Bullet Question [Re: ltsheets]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 11/12/11
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It sounds like I might lean towards the 110 gr Accubonds as I've hardly heard anything bad about them. It just sucks that it seems they are hard to find!

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#5395071 - 11/03/14 12:21 AM Re: .257 Wby Bullet Question [Re: ltsheets]
kmon1 Offline
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Registered: 09/27/06
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I can guarantee you a 110 gr accubond will work well from the 257 Wby for elk out to 280 yards.
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#5395359 - 11/03/14 07:45 AM Re: .257 Wby Bullet Question [Re: ltsheets]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
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Originally Posted By: ltsheets
It sounds like I might lean towards the 110 gr Accubonds as I've hardly heard anything bad about them. It just sucks that it seems they are hard to find!


Nosler loads them in their custom line also. Best bet on any way ammo is order it on line

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