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Old 10-02-2008, 10:02 AM
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Hey guys i am just curious what types of bullets there are and what they all do and how they are different. Interbond, interlock, SSt, nosler partition, sierra gameking, nosler balistic tip, soft point, trophy bonded bear claw, barnes x, tsx. and just tell me what you would use them for and why. By the way im shooting a .270 win. Also which animals would you use the bullets for. I will hunt deer, elk, moose, and black bear all in canada. thx for the help
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Old 10-02-2008, 10:14 AM
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Better than brands might be styles,

Most commonly you have cup-core bullets, like your Remington Core-Lokt bullets. These are easiest to make and and most common.
Then you have solids, like the Barnes. Typically made of bronze or similar tin/tungsten metal, these are not common and used for varmints and large dangerous game.
Then you have bonded core bullets, which have the typical lead core fusion bonded to the copper jacket, the jackets on these bullets are thicker than cup-core bullets, they are typically used for light to heavy non-dangerous game.
Then you have segmented bullets, like the Nosler partition, swift A-frame, and Speer Trophy Bonded Bear Claw. These bullets have a wall seperating the front and rear portions of the bullet, the TBBC doesn't have a rear lead portion, instead it is a slightly reduced diameter soft copper shank.

There are hollow points, tipped bullets (plastic and spire points), full metal jacket, and flat point bullets. Flat points are used in big bore calibers and in lever gun calibers. Hollow points typically provide quick expansion, tipped bullets offer controlled expansion, and full metal jackets do not expand.

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Old 11-14-2008, 02:20 PM
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others have failed to add more info. I'm also interested in learning about experiences with non-lead bullets!
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There is no simple answer to this. mattsbox99 did a good job of covering many but this could go on and on. You guys might visit the manufacturers websites, they have good info on most bullets with nifty little pictures of how they are constructed. Take some info with a grain of salt....I've killed more stuff with cheap bullets than I have anything else...and nothing complained while I was eatin it.
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Old 11-14-2008, 03:37 PM
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Gold is my prefered metal for cast bullets. Weight and momentum dictate that.
Cash-flow trouble dictate that I use lead.

Most of the hi-tech bullets have been discussed here. Do a search to see what folks have to say about them. Some of the names you mentioned are marketing hype. Makes them "sound" sleak and sexy.

I can't know what you are intending to shoot with what firearm from your post. I can suggest that you look at what our forum sponcer has to offer. Low-tech stuff that works. It's all about the construction and the speed right up until you miss.

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Old 11-14-2008, 04:49 PM
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My bullet of choice for the 270 hunting elk down was the 140 Barnes X. I used two different guns and it shot well in both and dropped everything I shot like a hammer. I don't have my loading data here so I can't tell you the exact load.
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:38 PM
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Cheap cup-core bullets like the Remington Core-Lokt and many others from Winchester, Hornady, Speer, and Sierra kill way more deer than all the premium bullets combined. At ranges less than 200 yards, its less about the bullet and more about the shot. Beyond 200 yards, bullet placement and quality start to come closer together, and as many competition target shooters will tell you (myself included) the better the bullet the more faith you have in your shot.
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How about the lead issue? I read in one of the magazines (don't remember which) where they tested a bunch of venison and a disturbing amount of the meat tested positive for lead.

I might be willing to pony up for the e-tip from nosler but why why why do they offer the 150gr and 200gr but no 168gr?
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Savage_shawn - You need to read http://shootersforum.com/showthread.htm?t=51367 to get the true story on game being tainted using lead containing bullets.
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Don't shoot them in the butt and lead contamination will not be a issue!
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Savage_shawn - You need to read http://shootersforum.com/showthread.htm?t=51367 to get the true story on game being tainted using lead containing bullets.
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Lead poisoning is caused my lead oxide (the white powdery stuff - thats why it was used in paint)

There is no risk of lead poisoning by shooting an animal with lead bullets. Even eating bullet fragments won't hurt you because your body passes them long before they would have time to absorb in your blood, and you have a much lower risk being an adult than a child.

http://www.epa.gov/air/lead/health.html
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