I have been doing some load developement for my new 325WSM and have decided on 3 loads that I will using out of it-
1. Nosler Ballistic Tip 180gr- BC of .394, velocity of 2927 (max listed load)
2. Barnes TSX 200gr- BC of .421,velocity of 2788 (max listed load)
3. Swift A-Frame 220gr- BC of .393,velocity of 2706 (max listed load)
The other night I loaded all the info into the Hornady website's Ballistic Calculator and was shocked at the info!!! It says that the 180 & 200gr loads were carrying more energy downrange then the 220gr load.How is this possible? Shouldnt the added weight help carry the energy farther (meaning the lighter bullets should slow down faster)? I was really surprised and also bummed out because I had just ordered a box of the A-Frame's at $60 a box.So did I just waste the money? I have only shot the B-Tip and TSX so far with very good accuracy,but wanted the added security of shooting a 220gr bullet.I did try the 220gr Sierra and was not impressed,which is why I ordered the Swifts.
So the question is.........am I crazy? (Dont ask my Wife,she'll tell you I am)