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colororado hunter
August 23, 2009, 01:51 PM
Hi newbe here I am going after prong horn in northern co. with a 6.5x284 I ma looking at 120 gr. ballistic tip or 130 acubond.How about some insight please?

August 23, 2009, 04:56 PM
The 120 gr. will be plenty.

Is there a more specific question?

August 24, 2009, 11:58 AM
DO NOT use ballistic tips. ive seen alot of pronghorn ruined by them

accubonds or partitions are gr8

August 24, 2009, 08:13 PM
129 Hornady @ 3000 would be potent and wouldn't be as fragile as 120 NBT.

August 24, 2009, 10:19 PM
I can't add anything to the recommendations about bullet selection, but I hope you'll drop by 'The Art of the Rifle' sometime and show off your 6.5x284. :D (I don't have one - have never shot one, but have been told that I should do both.)

Good luck on your hunt!

August 24, 2009, 10:22 PM

August 25, 2009, 02:15 AM
I would stay away from the ballistic bullets as well. I use the 180gr Accubond in my .300wm. I have had great success with these. The accubond has a thicker copper wall and thicker base for better controlled expansion.

The Nosler Partition are a fine bullet too. I only use ballistic tip bullets in my varmint rifles, im not saying they wont do the job but i prefer better controlled bullets for big game rifles.

Only my 2 bobs worth;)

August 25, 2009, 07:38 AM
Antelopes don't need a controlled expansion bullet. A simple soft point will get the job done.

August 25, 2009, 07:47 AM
DO NOT use ballistic tips. ive seen alot of pronghorn ruined by them

Now isn't that what one looks for, Do you not want to ruin their day.:D

Seriously, that will only be proportional to the range you will be shooting Mr. Pronghorn at.

I used ballistic tips for years and always loved the way they worked.
My .270W was a very challenged rifle for metallic silhouette shooting and the only bullet I found that would tip a ram over with any kind or regularity was the NBT. With many other bullets I would just get a puff mark on the steel and hear the clang. that would = no score::mad:
I do not shoot NBT's as I shoot the hornady SST's now.
But I still will not say anything bad about the NBT's, only their marketing.

August 25, 2009, 08:05 AM
I wouldn't worry too much about bullet selection for pronghorn, they are pretty easy to kill. I use 130 grain Sierra Game Kings out of my .270 Win at 3100 fps at the muzzle. Never had one blow up so I imagine any of the bullets you are chosing would work just fine. Slip a ballistic tip into the ribs and I'm sure it will bring your animal down in rapid fashion.

September 7, 2009, 03:15 PM
Barnes tripple shock bullets. Super accurate and kills them dead. They even sell one with a tipped bullet to get the BC up. I have never seen one come appart even out of my 270 WSM at high velocity. John

Major Dave (retired)
September 7, 2009, 08:42 PM
Do you handload the Barnes Triple Shock for your .270 WSM? If so, what is your favorite load recipe? What is the chronagraphed speed, if you use a chrony?

September 13, 2009, 04:33 AM
I would go with the accubond. Slightly better ballistic coeficient. I would consider 140 grain partitions. I use them in my 260. They have great performance on deer. They have a great ballistic coeficient and at ranges over 300 will be shooting as flat as the 120 and 130 in your hotter 6.5 X 284.

That said, ballistic tips have served me very well on deer and antelope. I have never seen poor performance or ruined meat.