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#563657 - 01/14/08 03:05 PM Re: Plastic tip bullets [Re: Allen Sullivan]
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Registered: 07/15/05
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Loc: Branchville

MY favorite bullet is the old Hornady Interlocks. Performance is awesome for me.
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#563811 - 01/14/08 04:16 PM Re: Plastic tip bullets [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
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Loc: tenn

#563901 - 01/14/08 05:16 PM Re: Plastic tip bullets [Re: Allen Sullivan]
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Registered: 02/07/06
Posts: 5129
Loc: Jackson,Tn

 Originally Posted By: Allen Sullivan
before season I loaded about 125 rounds of the hornaday 150 grain SST's. Loved the grouping but when I took them to the woods that was another story. Opening day shot a 8 point and the bullet did a complete thur and did not expand. Didn't think to much about it at first, but after hitting 5 does and knocking them down, and they would get up and run off without one drop of blood, I switched back to my seria bullets.

Saw a 200 grain MZ Hornaday SST bullet that was pulled from a deer and it was still intact and never expanded.

So I can say I don't like them.

That's very interesting Allen, because the usual rap on the plastic tips that I read is that they explode on the surface, mushroom too soon, come apart, etc. I believe that you are the first that I have heard who reported not enough or no expansion. I went ahead and loaded a box of ballistic tips today using 53 grs of 4350. I antelope hunt, and occasionally I get an opportunity at less than whitetail ranges. Nosler recommends that velocity does not exceed 3,000 fps at impact, so I loaded MZ velocity at slightly under that and yet at a level that would still do the job at 2 or 300 yards. I sawed a 130 gr ballistic tip lengthwise today along with a sierra pro-hunter for comparison. The nosler has a pretty thick solid copper base that is not present in the sierra,other than the same as the side jacket thickness, and the jacket is apparently thicker than the sierra, at least up to midway toward the front. However, the bt thickness appears to taper toward the front and that was not apparent to me with the pro-hunter.

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#565093 - 01/15/08 01:40 PM Re: Plastic tip bullets [Re: 4onaside]

Registered: 01/12/05
Posts: 35
Loc: Collierville

Since I've been using 150 grain ballistic tips in my .30-06 and my 7 mag, I've had really good results with both guns...killed 5 deer - only one of the deer even took a step. She ran about 30 yards. They seem to shoot pretty tight groups as well...
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