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#6088363 - 12/16/15 07:42 PM Making a bullet change
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For the last few years, on deer, pigs, and coyotes, I've been using the Nosler 100 gr BT in my 260. It worked fine and is super accurate, but the hogs seem to be getting bigger and bigger and that bullet just isn't punching through. Shot a whopper of a boar Monday evening but didn't find a drop of blood. Found the hog the next morning. He only made it about 40 yards, but no blood trail. So, time for a change. I will switch to one of the following: 100 gr Partition, 120 gr Partition, 120 gr BT, or 130 gr Accubond.

I like the velocity, 3000 fps, with the 100 gr Partition. I like the violent impact of the Ballistic Tip, which I may not get with the Partition. I like the idea of the Accubond, but the 130 gr bullet can't be pushed as fast as I'd like in my short barreled rifle.

Your opinions are welcome.

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#6088377 - 12/16/15 07:50 PM Re: Making a bullet change [Re: 603Country]
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#6088388 - 12/16/15 07:58 PM Re: Making a bullet change [Re: 603Country]
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100g Partition will kill anything you want. If they have the AB closer to 100g, I'd go with that. I'm a big fan of the Nosler ABs.

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#6088389 - 12/16/15 07:59 PM Re: Making a bullet change [Re: 603Country]
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You have some good ones picked out IMO. The 125 partition or 130 Accubond would be where I would start. The 100 partition will give you the speed though.

There are some looking for more speed and even lighter bullets and cutting down the Hornady GMX to 80 grains running them in 6.5 Grendel for about 2900 from that little round in ARs. One of those at 3200 or more would be interesting.
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#6088424 - 12/16/15 08:19 PM Re: Making a bullet change [Re: 603Country]
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Keep loading your pet round. Why are you shooting hogs, not on the run, anywhere other than between the ear and eye? And all points in between?

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#6088554 - 12/16/15 09:18 PM Re: Making a bullet change [Re: 603Country]
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My opinion is quite being so hung up on velocity, it aint everything. Yes it is important, but it is never my top priority. For performance on impact I look at construction, weight, and BC. A 130 gr. is a light bullet for a .260 or 6.5 Creedmoor in my operation, I run 140's.

So of your choices, pick a 130 or 140 gr bullet, work up the most consistent shooting load, and let it be as fast as it's going to be.

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#6088562 - 12/16/15 09:23 PM Re: Making a bullet change [Re: 603Country]
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The other side of this that ain't being talked about is a big hog usually has enough fat around to self seal a wound, and blood tracking pigs can be tough no matter what billet you use. Shoot for cns to drop then there and don't worry about the bullet. Other way to work it is shoot for the shoulder and cripple the hog so it can't go far and finish it with a second shot.

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#6088572 - 12/16/15 09:24 PM Re: Making a bullet change [Re: 603Country]
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I would go heavier in either partition or AB - whichever performs better in your rifle.
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#6088578 - 12/16/15 09:26 PM Re: Making a bullet change [Re: 603Country]
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Fouzman, I know that you know that you can't always pick your ideal shot. That big boar came out of the trees at about 125 yards at the extreme edge of darkness. He was a black moving blob that I could see and pick out which end was the front. I put the crosshairs behind the eye as best I could and squeezed. He was obviously hit, but spun and left the scene. Finally found him in the thicket the next day. With a good blood trail, I probably would have found him. Would've been more important to find the hog if it had been a sow. The rascal weighed well over 200 pounds, but not more than 250.

Anyway, I want a through and through on the big pigs. Since I have a supply of the 120 gr Ballistic Tips, I probably will try them out for a while. Sure wish they made a 100 or 110 gr Accubond in 6.5.

The hog was 54 inches from the tip of the nose to the base of his tail, just for info.

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#6088609 - 12/16/15 09:33 PM Re: Making a bullet change [Re: 603Country]
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The ballistic tips work well for thin skinned animals but you might have some issues on bigger hogs with thick fat pads....an interlock or partition might give you better penetration than the bt and get the bullet through and through....

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#6088616 - 12/16/15 09:35 PM Re: Making a bullet change [Re: 603Country]
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Or maybe I'll try that 130 gr Accubond.

I've shot, I think, 8 hogs recently. Two were at a slow trot. Three were in high gear and flying. Three were standing still. All the running pigs dropped on the spot, and were most likely the most poorly placed shots. Seems odd.

And I admit that had not considered the fat issue that Texas Buckeye mentioned. It's a good point. Blood trailing hogs never has been that easy or productive.

I'll stop by Cabelas in Waco tomorrow and see what they have on the shelf.


Edited by 603Country (12/16/15 09:41 PM)

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#6088623 - 12/16/15 09:38 PM Re: Making a bullet change [Re: 603Country]
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#6088629 - 12/16/15 09:40 PM Re: Making a bullet change [Re: 603Country]
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Originally Posted By: 603Country
Or maybe I'll try that 130 gr Accubond.

I've shot, I think, 8 hogs recently. Two were at a slow trot. Three were in high gear and flying. Three were standing still. All the running pigs dropped on the spot, and were most likely the most poorly placed shots. Seems odd.


Isn't it funny. Might not need to change a thing. In reality, the bullet you shot worked perfectly, he was dead within 40 yards. But we do always want a little more don't we cheers

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#6088637 - 12/16/15 09:42 PM Re: Making a bullet change [Re: 603Country]
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Hogs are tough suckers period. Because of that, their predictability at the shot is way less than deer. Both as to what the bullet will do and what they will do.

The easy answer of "shoot them behind the ear" has always been interesting to me. I am obviously not the sharpshooter so many are - especially since many times my hogs are on the move, in poor light, etc., etc. Just like yours seem to be.
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#6088656 - 12/16/15 09:54 PM Re: Making a bullet change [Re: 603Country]
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Well, I did get two of the hogs right here in the yard, with the 223 and those tiny 40 gr Ballistic Tips. I shot them up around the eye/ear region. Put them down like a rock.

Yep, the big hog only went 40 yards, but it was a tough 40 in the thicket and no sooner did I shoot than it was darker than the inside of a cow. I never seem to get those shots early on a nice bright day. Heck, the hog was so covered up with mud, maybe that's what stopped the bullet. He was a nasty mean looking warrior hog. If I thought he was not the biggest on this place, I'd hunt with the 270.

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