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Old August 23, 2009, 01:51 PM   #1
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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?
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Old August 23, 2009, 04:56 PM   #2
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The 120 gr. will be plenty.

Is there a more specific question?
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Old August 24, 2009, 11:58 AM   #3
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DO NOT use ballistic tips. ive seen alot of pronghorn ruined by them

accubonds or partitions are gr8
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Old August 24, 2009, 08:13 PM   #4
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129 Hornady @ 3000 would be potent and wouldn't be as fragile as 120 NBT.
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Old August 24, 2009, 10:19 PM   #5
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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. (I don't have one - have never shot one, but have been told that I should do both.)

Good luck on your hunt!
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Old August 24, 2009, 10:22 PM   #6
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Old August 25, 2009, 02:15 AM   #7
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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.

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Old August 25, 2009, 07:38 AM   #8
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Antelopes don't need a controlled expansion bullet. A simple soft point will get the job done.
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Old August 25, 2009, 07:47 AM   #9
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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.

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:
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.
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Old August 25, 2009, 08:05 AM   #10
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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.
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Old September 7, 2009, 03:15 PM   #11
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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
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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?
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Old September 13, 2009, 04:33 AM   #13
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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.
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