View Full Version : 80 gr TTSX

June 23, 2012, 12:04 AM
I've been thinking about trying them in a 25-06 rem on deer this year but typically don't shoot less than 100 grain. Barnes bullets have such great weight retention I think it will be fine. Anyone out there tried them?

June 23, 2012, 02:27 AM
Are you confusing copper weight with lead weight ? Very easy to do if you're new to copper bullets .Barnes bullets have been a round for a long time and have a proven record. They are certainly 'premium' bullets. I don't have a 25-06 but I would assume the 80gr copper would act like a 100gr jacketed lead.Give them a try !

June 23, 2012, 02:10 PM
I use the 80gr TTSX in my .243 and they are my favorite bullet so far. I have shot two animals with it a smallish doe that broke the offside shoulder and went through both side. Also a a boar hog that was approximately 140 lbs, I shot it behind the ear at about 150 yards dropping the hog on the spot. It also went straight through.

These bullets also shoot right around 5/8" groups out of my TC icon after a little trial and error.

Brian Pfleuger
June 23, 2012, 05:17 PM
I haven't YET tried the 80gr in 243 but I will be this coming season.

I do like light, fast bullets and I use the 110gr Barnes in my 7mm-08 Encore. It is sub-MOA accurate (it's a handgun, so it ain't easy) and the one deer I killed with it was a "Bang, FLOP!"

I expect the same from the 80gr 243. By most all accounts, they are a very good bullet, across the line.

June 23, 2012, 07:15 PM
I'm not confused on the difference in bullet construction/weight retention that copper has over lead....I am just intrigued by the added velocity I would gain by dropping weight. I already use the 100 tsx and love them. Barnes reloading manual gives 3500-3800 fps. All I want to know is from those who have used the 80 grainers, if they would be confident in a clean kill up to about 350ish with that light of a bullet...assuming it hits the mark.

Brian Pfleuger
June 23, 2012, 07:48 PM
On deer? Absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt.

June 24, 2012, 06:26 AM
if they would be confident in a clean kill up to about 350ish with that light of a bullet...assuming it hits the mark.

Look at your ballastic charts. With Barnes or any copper bullet as long as they are still moving at 2000 fps or faster when they hit game they will give you good expansion and penetration. You cannot push one fast enouth, even the lightweights, to get it to break up at close range. They are a better choice at close to moderate range because of this. At longer ranges where velocity has dropped off a more traditional bullet will still expand at much slower speeds. They are not the best choice at longer ranges, but I'd guess you are still above 2000 fps at 350 yards. If so I'd use them with confidence.

June 24, 2012, 07:24 AM
Keep in mind that bullet composition does not change the external ballistics of a specific bullet weight/caliber combination. The 80 grain 257 bullet will not hold it's energy at long range as well as a 115 grain.
I have some doubts about the expansion of the homogenous bullets and don't use them. Nosler BT's and Partitions adequately serve my needs.

June 24, 2012, 04:33 PM
Nosler Partitions and TTSX are fine premium bullets and will do the job well . I think that the NP has a greater velocity range where you get desired expansion than the TTSX .The all copper likes velocity.

June 25, 2012, 10:10 AM
+1 on Brian Pfleuger's response. My biggest concern would be the amount of blood shot meat. A bullet moving that fast is going to make a large hydostatic wound channel.

June 26, 2012, 04:00 PM
I use 70 and 90grn BT's in my .243, everything I have shot with them has been DRT. Only killed one aniimal with the TSX, a doe a couple years ago and it was devastating. Of course it was a 7mag at about 40 yards and 160grn bullet but there was a lot of blood and bone outside the carcass.

June 26, 2012, 05:13 PM
Depending on how far you want to shoot them, the .25-06 is one of the more capable calibers out there. We've got a couple in the family and while we haven't tried the Barnes, we're perfectly happy with the 117 Sierra Gameking and the 117 Hornady SST. They work fine on our Louisiana whitetail deer.

It seems to me that the 80 grain Barnes would work just fine. Years ago, the 87 grain .250 Savage was touted as wondrous whitetail medicine.

June 26, 2012, 10:47 PM
I would like to try them also,But on coyotes.The 117 SST's do a fine job on deer,gamekings too.But I would like to bust some yotes with those 80gr. TTSX.;)