Does anyone have experience with Hornady Interbonds and Nosler Accubonds? Is the Hornady version on par with the Accubond. Specifically, I am comparing the 154 gr .284 Hornady to the 160 gr .284 Nosler bonded bullets at 7mag speeds on Elk.
I have been using Noster 140 GR Accubond in 7m-08 for two years and find they are very effective on whitetail/antelope scale animals. My accuracy under field conditions is around 1 1/2-inches @ 100 yards and find that the trajectory with handloads running around 2700-2800 fps is right on the ballistic correction marks on my Burris fullfield BDC scope. Longest shot to date is 412 yards lasered on an antelope. At whitetail ranges of 100 yards +/- the Accubond is right on. I prefer the Accubond to the Nosler (hunting) Ballistic tip as there seems to be less meat destruction with the Accubond. I have no personal experience with the Interbond products.
I purchased some Hornady Interbonds and they are 129 grains in 6.5mm and from some practice shooting, they seem close to my basic choice of the Nosler Partition. Both have high BC and shoot well from my 260 Rem. The Interbonds are more expensive, quite more, but this may be partly to date of purchase. I shot just one mid-size deer with the Hornady and to the same good result. I think I will stay with the Nosler but this one might offer deeper penetration, although it exited the deer and was not found. I think they might be worth the money on larger game with this small bullet. oh the Nosler is 125 gr.
I have both those bullets for my 280 but have only fired the IB. I did not get very good accuracy with it, nor have I in other cartridges. As much as I've worked with it, the only other bullet that I've had such dismal results is the Speer Grand Slam. I've had much better results with the AB, but someone elses results may differ. If they both shoot well for you or one more so then the other, my understanding is the IB opens up more and penetrates less while the AB opens less and penetrates more.
I have had mixed reviews on the Interbond also. I tried the 165gr Interbond in my 300 Win Mag. I couldn't get them stay consistent. I used IMR 4831 and RL22 and both powders have done really well with other bullets. I am not blaming the Interbonds, as I should have stepped up to the 180's and tried them also. I do however have an excellent load with the 130gr Interbond in my 270WSM that will shoot into an 1" at 200 using Magpro and pushing them over 3300. So those are my two experiences with loading for them. The Interbonds seem to open a little faster than Accubonds also, but my results are harldy scientific, since I have only shot a handful of animals with both out of the 270WSM. I really think they are both about the same bullet. Some guys have a hard time getting Accubonds to shoot also. I would try them both, I think they are both excellent bullets and since the Interbonds come a 100 per box the price is pretty much a wash. Scotty
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