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#5677453 - 03/31/15 07:01 AM Nosler Ballistic Tips.....Love 'em or hate 'em?
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Registered: 09/26/09
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Loc: Denton,Tx
This ought to stimulate some interesting offseason talk! What's your feelings on the Nosler BT's from the last 10 years.....not the earlier versions? And not any tipped bullet (Amax, E tip, TTSX, SST, etc) Just the Nosler BT or Winchester's CT Ballistic Tip....same thing.

I had a bad experience with the early versions and quit using them for a long time, but the last few years I've been real impressed with their performance on deer/exotics/pigs. I've heard they have the same jacket thickness as the Accubond, but the lead isn't bonded to the jacket......this seems to make sense with the exit wounds I've seen the last few years.

What does THF think about the newer BT's?
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#5677461 - 03/31/15 07:04 AM Re: Nolser Ballistic Tips.....Love 'em or hate 'em? [Re: Drop Tine]
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I have used them and had good success. I have not had to track game for more than 15 yards. I have used the ammo on deer and hog.

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#5677467 - 03/31/15 07:06 AM Re: Nolser Ballistic Tips.....Love 'em or hate 'em? [Re: Drop Tine]
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Stay off heavy bone and under 3200fps impact speeds then they are great.
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#5677558 - 03/31/15 08:09 AM Re: Nolser Ballistic Tips.....Love 'em or hate 'em? [Re: Drop Tine]
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Start out heavy.

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#5677572 - 03/31/15 08:22 AM Re: Nolser Ballistic Tips.....Love 'em or hate 'em? [Re: Drop Tine]
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Registered: 10/23/06
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Loc: Hewitt, Texas
I have been using Federal Premium 130grn Nosler Ballistic tip in my .270, and a100grn in my wife's 25-06 and a 55grn in her .223. All of them preform great and all but one I have dropped in their tracks. The one went about 15 to 20 yards and dropped. I love the Nosler Ballistic Tip.
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#5677576 - 03/31/15 08:24 AM Re: Nolser Ballistic Tips.....Love 'em or hate 'em? [Re: Drop Tine]
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Registered: 09/16/09
Posts: 9398
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They are great. Keep them moderately heavy, and you should be fine. A 150 grain in a 308 might be too fast and light, but a 165 or 180 BT in a 308 is about ideal.

Also, pet peeve of mine. A "Ballistic Tip" is a bullet made only by Nosler. Nosler is the only company who makes a "Ballistic Tip". Many other bullet makers mfg a plastic tip bullet, like the Hornady A-max and SST, Sierra BlitzKing, and others, but they are NOT a "Ballistic Tip" (BT). Referring to other mfg plastic tip bullets as a BT is incorrect. A BT is a Nosler BT, and nothing else.
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#5677594 - 03/31/15 08:31 AM Re: Nolser Ballistic Tips.....Love 'em or hate 'em? [Re: Drop Tine]
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Registered: 11/01/12
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I used the Winchester 150gr BST in 308 for a long time with excellent results. For some reason, I don't know if it was the particular lot or what, my rifle stopped grouping them well. I've switched to the SF-SST load from Hornady.
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#5677626 - 03/31/15 08:44 AM Re: Nolser Ballistic Tips.....Love 'em or hate 'em? [Re: Drop Tine]
Bradgrace Offline
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Registered: 06/11/11
Posts: 265
Loc: Greenville, Tx
I used them for 2 years with great success in my 270 shooting 130 grains. Then I shot a big cull buck right at dark in a food plot at about 50 yards and I was aiming for the shoulder so I would just drop the buck. Anyways it ran off no blood and showed up 2 weeks later on camera in my feeder pen with a broke shoulder and that was the last I ever saw of him. I would agree with the rest shoot a heavy bullet and stay off heavy bone.

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#5677659 - 03/31/15 08:53 AM Re: Nolser Ballistic Tips.....Love 'em or hate 'em? [Re: Drop Tine]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
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Shot them for several years out of a 270. Never lost anything. I try not to hit shoulders with them. They work but surely aren't my favorite, and like others have said I prefer them in heavy for cal offerings.
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#5677674 - 03/31/15 08:59 AM Re: Nolser Ballistic Tips.....Love 'em or hate 'em? [Re: Drop Tine]
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I have used the Federal Premium 130 NBT in my 270 for the last ten years with great success and no failures. I think most shots are unpredictable that impact heavy bone. So why shoot there in the first place?

I shoot high shoulder and don't have to look for them. This impact point gets the outside edge of the shoulder where it is pretty thin and usually the major arteries going to the heart and lung.

I haven't found anything that groups as tight as this bullet, especially with factory loads. up
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#5677698 - 03/31/15 09:17 AM Re: Nolser Ballistic Tips.....Love 'em or hate 'em? [Re: Drop Tine]
BIGDOG1956 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/09
Posts: 233
I have used nosler ballistic tip for years. I have not had any problem with them.
I do like the accu bonded since that core will not separate on heavy game.

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#5677716 - 03/31/15 09:34 AM Re: Nolser Ballistic Tips.....Love 'em or hate 'em? [Re: Drop Tine]
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Registered: 08/12/13
Posts: 1153
Loc: Dallas, TX
they're fine bullets, just like their Partition line

here's one I recovered from a 230 lb hog shot last month (165 gr)

head shot, went through eye, destroyed the neck and shattered spine
lead disintegrated, fully mushroomed with base intact



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#5677726 - 03/31/15 09:37 AM Re: Nolser Ballistic Tips.....Love 'em or hate 'em? [Re: Drop Tine]
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Registered: 09/16/09
Posts: 9398
Loc: Lewisville, TX
Great pic! Classic example of good expansion, but the lead core separated from the jacket. For a simple cup and lead core bullet, that's not bad!
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#5677759 - 03/31/15 10:01 AM Re: Nolser Ballistic Tips.....Love 'em or hate 'em? [Re: Drop Tine]
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Registered: 02/19/15
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Oh no, not this again!!! On another subject Is that a NP or a BT , because I don't see lead in the front of that mushroomed bullet. I had separation problems with the NPs because of the solid base. I shot a deer with a NP in the shoulder and the advertised base was at the back of the gut under the skin on the opposite side, and the deer had 3 huge holes coming out of the bottom portion of the front of the deers chest that looked like one big hole. That bullet separated on contact and went 2 ways with the lead tumbling and grenading. I tried the Ballistic tip win supremes and did not like them. I had some luck with the scirrico. I remember it having a heavier,tapered base. Im sticking with the SPs thanks. up
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#5677804 - 03/31/15 10:25 AM Re: Nolser Ballistic Tips.....Love 'em or hate 'em? [Re: Drop Tine]
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Registered: 02/19/15
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That's a pretty mushroom, but were is the lead. I'm sorry I'm not trying to be hateful, but I want the lead to be connected to the copper. When it separates It lightens up and you could have a catastrophe and it could cost you a deer. But its all about shot placement right?????? I known for making bad shots with good ammo. The proof is in the pudding in that picture, That don't look like what they promised you. Where's the lead. Ill stick with the soft points. They always have lead in them when I get them back. up
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