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#478197 - 11/02/07 10:19 AM Partition or Ballistic Tip
.444 Marlin
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Registered: 08/10/02
Posts: 15457
Loc: Benton, Polk Co. Tenn.

Which is more explosive to y'all?
Ive killed deer with both and seen the fury both release on a deer. I know the ballistic tip is basically a lead bomb but after shooting the mammoth fawn I got in west tn Im starting to question which is more explosive.

I dont know if it was the deer's body size and body fat or what but this was the biggest exit wound I have ever seen on a animal. It completely ruined the backstrap on its right side and destroyed the spine (entry hole was jus a hair high and behind the left shoulder).
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#478209 - 11/02/07 10:26 AM Re: Partition or Ballistic Tip [Re: .444 Marlin]
Hillbilly Hunter
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Registered: 07/15/05
Posts: 18061
Loc: Branchville

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Ballistic tip is more "explosive.

Funny things can happen. I shot a doe last year behind the house with a 7mm 162 grain Hornady Interlock and the entrance hole was as big as most exit holes. I don't know if the bullet hit a limb first or what? I think any bullet is subject to this from time to time.
He is the entrance hole.

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#478330 - 11/02/07 11:47 AM Re: Partition or Ballistic Tip [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
12 Point

Registered: 10/28/05
Posts: 5193
Loc: Mississippi

The partition is designed so that the tip is somewhat frangible for expansion purposes, but the remainder of the bullet remains intact for penetration purposes.

The ballistic tip's constructions is similar throughout, so it's expansion (and possible explosion) is directly related to impact velocity. Push em too fast or hit something too hard, and they'll disintegrate. This is compounded by the fact that the core is not bonded to the jacket.

Both are great bullets, designed to perform completely differently.

#478675 - 11/02/07 08:03 PM Re: Partition or Ballistic Tip [Re: megalomaniac]
10 Point

Registered: 02/18/06
Posts: 4570
Loc: whitwell

ive seen holes like that with deers ive shot with a ballistic tip usually with a rib shot tho
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#478705 - 11/02/07 08:47 PM Re: Partition or Ballistic Tip [Re: pety221]
18 Point

Registered: 09/06/00
Posts: 21700
Loc: Huntingdon, Tn

You sure you didnt shoot that doe with a .50 cal? My what a hole.
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#478881 - 11/03/07 12:23 AM Re: Partition or Ballistic Tip [Re: Worm]
Anonymous TnDeer Old Timer

If I had to use one bullet from now on in all big game hunting it would be the Nosler Partition,,,the fron half is just as explosive as the BT and the shank pokes through,,the Accubond would be my second choice..
#484027 - 11/07/07 03:10 PM Re: Partition or Ballistic Tip [Re: ]
10 Point

Registered: 11/10/06
Posts: 2543
Loc: Bellevue Tn

Both a very explosive at short ranges pushing high velocities say beyond 3000 ft per sec.. I think over kill for small deer sized animals, especially if you hit em wrong (they really tear them up) The Ballistic tip does fine after it slows down enough (long range)
The partition is made to hammer & penetrate bigger tough skinned animals
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Use it willfully & be aware of it from others!

#484685 - 11/07/07 09:49 PM Re: Partition or Ballistic Tip [Re: skynimrod]
12 Point

Registered: 02/07/06
Posts: 5129
Loc: Jackson,Tn

I have shot a buck and three elk with partitions, all instant death, and all complete pass throughs without any more meat destruction than any of your "standard" bullets. IMO it is "the" bullet. I have loaded and shot paper with ballistic tips, but never any game.

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#485574 - 11/08/07 02:40 PM Re: Partition or Ballistic Tip [Re: 4onaside]
10 Point

Registered: 11/10/06
Posts: 2543
Loc: Bellevue Tn

A buddy of mine shot a good size deer with a 270 wsm partition
The hole on the other side was so big, you could almost put your head through
It blew up almost 1/2 the deer
Deer handgrenade
Manipulation is the KEY!
Use it willfully & be aware of it from others!

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