Hunting & Fishing Nosler Bal.Tip vs. Hornady A-max

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Hi!
Just decided to take my 6.5x47Lapua for the deerhunting this season, before i have always used 150grs BT´s in my 308W. What .264 bullet (120-130grs) should i have? The maximum range will be about 250yds. Humane kills is most important for me!

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Tommy
 

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Re: Nosler Bal.Tip vs. Hornady A-max

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: MrXtreme</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Hi!
Just decided to take my 6.5x47Lapua for the deerhunting this season, before i have always used 150grs BT´s in my 308W. What .264 bullet (120-130grs) should i have? The maximum range will be about 250yds. Human kills is most important for me!

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Tommy </div></div>

What sort of deer, for the larger sorts and at that rather limited range I would suggest the 130 grain AB or TSX for the larger deer and for smallish deer,

just go with the 123 A-max, I am trying them out my self.

Best regard Chris
 

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FWIW:

Any good deer bullet between 12 and 140 grains will be fine with that cartridge and maximum range. So I would use the Ballistic Tip.

I note that you are in Sweden, what deer bullet do they use in the 6.5x55?

BMT
 

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    can you get Barnes TTSX? I like the AMAX but I just think a bonded bullet is better for killing deer. I know AMAX will kill deer but I just don't choose to use it for killing deer. You can also look at the Nosler Accubond bullet too.
     

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    The Amaxs have worked great on all the deer we have shot with them. All one shot kills, and the most one ran was 25yrds. 300-510 yards. 7mm and 30cal.
     

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    I'm using the 129 grain Hornady SST in my 6.5...they have always produced "bang, flop" performance for me..

    and just for the record...you meant "humane" right?
     

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    Let me tell ya....I'm a big fan of the A-Max for deer - I shoot a 208 A-Max out of my .300WM for deer.

    Shot one today, hit it high and in the spine - Hardly damaged any meat, but it sent a golf ball size piece of spine shooting downwards inside of the deer which took out its lung and liver.

    Needless to say the deer was DRT - Even had a full bladder after field dressing..
     

    MrXtreme

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    Re: Nosler Bal.Tip vs. Hornady A-max

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Swedish guy</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: MrXtreme</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Hi!
    Just decided to take my 6.5x47Lapua for the deerhunting this season, before i have always used 150grs BT´s in my 308W. What .264 bullet (120-130grs) should i have? The maximum range will be about 250yds. Human kills is most important for me!

    Thanks
    Tommy </div></div>

    What sort of deer, for the larger sorts and at that rather limited range I would suggest the 130 grain AB or TSX for the larger deer and for smallish deer,

    just go with the 123 A-max, I am trying them out my self.

    Best regard Chris</div></div>

    I´m only shooting roedeer with that, because of the bulletweight!
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    Tommy
     

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    Re: Nosler Bal.Tip vs. Hornady A-max

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: bmt</div><div class="ubbcode-body">FWIW:

    Any good deer bullet between 12 and 140 grains will be fine with that cartridge and maximum range. So I would use the Ballistic Tip.

    I note that you are in Sweden, what deer bullet do they use in the 6.5x55?

    BMT </div></div>
    In Sweden we can only shoot roedeer with bullets weight less than 139grs.
    I think the most of the hunters use 140grs. Partition & 156grs. Oryx loaded by Norma.

    Tommy
     

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    Re: Nosler Bal.Tip vs. Hornady A-max

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Jayhawker</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I'm using the 129 grain Hornady SST in my 6.5...they have always produced "bang, flop" performance for me..

    and just for the record...you meant "humane" right? </div></div>
    Sorry, i meant "humane"
    I´ll test the 129grs. Interbond, i have a box of them!

    Tommy
     

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    Re: Nosler Bal.Tip vs. Hornady A-max

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: bmt</div><div class="ubbcode-body">FWIW:

    Any good deer bullet between 12 and 140 grains will be fine with that cartridge and maximum range. So I would use the Ballistic Tip.

    I note that you are in Sweden, what deer bullet do they use in the 6.5x55?

    BMT </div></div>

    Most people/hunters will shoot the same rounds as they do for moose,

    that is a min of 140 grains

    and the most common ones are 156-160 grains, Lapua Mega, Norma Oryx, Nosler Partition, Norma Alaska,

    and then in falling order Barnes TSX, Woodleigh weldcore, Hornady SST/Interbond and so on.

    If I were using a 6,5x55 for deer, then due to the normal tvist for the cal I would use a 120 grain Bal tip and go for behind the shoulder shots.

    Most swedish hunters will not take shots longer than 120 meters and there are no neck/headshots, ever, never.

    I am no longer like most hunters.

    /Chris
     

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    Either bullet would make a great deer round. I like the 140's in the 6.5 caliber. For deer hunting you can buy the more expensive bullets that some have recommended-if you have money to waste. They are not a dimes bit better for deer hunting. However they are the "cool" bullet too shoot right now. It's your money, so do as you like. But the A-Max, Sierra Game King, or BT will do a perfectly fine job.

    Expensive controlled expansion bullets just plain aren't necessary for thin skinned deer. Heck I do most of my deer hunting with bullets that I cast myself. A jacketed bullet is not even necessary for deer. Tom.
     

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    +1 on GameKings and A-max's. I use 155 gr on both out of my 300 WSM, and the result is 90% one shot drop...... have had one run 50 yards on, that is the farthest to date. All coyotes have dropped, the deer is what ran. 8 deer, 32 coyotes.
     

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    Re: Nosler Bal.Tip vs. Hornady A-max

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: PGS</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Take a look at the 130gr Swift Scirocco.</div></div>


    Big +1 on that.....
     

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    Re: Nosler Bal.Tip vs. Hornady A-max

    On the limited game ive taken with an A-max it has worked well every time.

    Cant comment on the Noslers as I havnt used one yet
     

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    Re: Nosler Bal.Tip vs. Hornady A-max

    i have used the nosler 120g bt in my 6.5 wsm, was a bang flop at 150 yards. it was the only one i have shot with it so far but am confident it will be a repeat on the next one.