This is the round iv been hunting with this year, Black Hills 168 gr. BTHP, iv read on other forums that HP Match bullets aren't very good for hunting this type of game for some reason, "HP Match rounds wont expand" "They will just pass right through the deer" "After being shot the deer ran half a mile away". Well iv had complete opposite results. Iv shot 3 deer this year, 165lb 8 point at 150 yds, 120lb doe at around 150yds, and a smaller 105lb doe at around 100yds. all three folded up and dropped where they were standing. The smaller doe ended up with an exit wound the size of a nerf football. and the other 2 were about the size of golf balls, so i think this is a very adequate hunting round to take large game quickly and humanely. What our your thoughts? Does anyone else hunt with a HP bullet? Any objections? Please share
i use HP's, but not match bullets, hunting HP's. the issue with match bullets is they are not designed to expand, there purpose is to be aerodynamic. when using match bullets, a couple of things can happen. the bullets can fail to expand at all (actually the nose collapses and pretty much becomes a FMJ), or they can react like a varmint bullet, which will sometimes result in scenarios like yours, provided they do not hit much bone. your better off using a bullet designed for hunting (controlled expansion), because you are pretty much guaranteed the bullet will perform as expected.
i agree compleatly with lefty they are ment to fly properly not expand properly which can result in 2 different senerios they can not hit bone and leave a lazerbeam hole through or they can compleatly disenagrate on bone in or bone out making a poor wond chanel in or a massive exit wound i perfer nosler partitions myself but each to there own there are lots of hunting bullets on the market better suited
check federal they reload with premium bullets and I think that sierra is on the list if not I know they reload with nosler and their 150 gr ballistic tips are really good they are not like the varmint bullets they are more controled they would work really nice.
yes I have used it it is a good hunting bullet for deer to elk if I am not mistaken it looks like an A if you cut it on the vertical axis very deep penetration and great expansion I would also recomend it
I've used the hollow point Barnes X bullet extensively, but in heavier calibers - .35 Whelen, .416 Rem. Mag. and .45-70. It isn't a copper jacketed lead bullet it's solid copper and shoots right through broadside.
I think there's a lower velocity limit for expansion, around 1600 fps.
No complaints with this bullet other than it fouls the bore with copper streaks after several shots. Nothing that can't be taken care of with Hoppes Bench Rest solvent and a bronze brush.
Well i think i might go with the Federal Premium v-shock line with the 165gr sierra gameking. It looks to be a good round and close to the black hills iv been shooting, gonna have to test it out. But expensive though.
I'm glad they work for ya.
Keep usin'em. I would as
long as they did the job.
I gotta friend that uses
130 gr. Hornady's in his
.30-06. Thats probably
a no no too. Says they
work good. He even killed
a wild boar with'em.
jordan_b good huntin'.
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use what works for you. I was once told that nothing less than a 180gr nosler partition would work for deer. Well needless to say I use 125-150 gr bullets in my .308 and have had great luck. My next loading will be a hpbt sierra game king in 150 gr and we will see what happens.