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    I am seeking info from people who have shot big game animals with Nosler Accubonds. Info such as accuracy, weight retention, penetration, size of entrance/exit hole, overall success or failure of the bullet, what part of the body the animal was shot, approx muzzle velocity, etc.

    I handload 180 gr Sierra Gamekings at about 2950 in my Tikka 300 wsm. They shoot very accurately, have produced 4 out of 4 drop in there tracks kills (moose, bou, sheep), and are fairly cheap.

    I guess I am just interested in tinkering around with another bullet that might hold together a bit better at these velocities in case I hit a leg or shoulder blade.

    Thanks.

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    I shot a 40 inch bull moose last year and hit him in the back/hump. Not a lot of meat and bone to have to go through but it was at about 350 yds. Broke his spine and of course dropped him in his tracks. Recovered a nice little mushroomed accubond that weighs 140gr. It actually retained exaclty what nosler said it would. 70% of its weight. It also shot 2 sheep (mine and my buddies) both were pass throughs as to be expected. One at 400 yds shoulders. One double lunger breaking a rib in and out at 200. Just poked a nice little hole.

    My Kimber 325wsm shoots the factory loaded 200gr accubonds sub moa at 100 yds. 2 weeks ago at the range I put 2 side by side an inch apart at 300yds.

    My gun likes them. Here's a pic of the 200gr accubond I recovered from the moose.

    Oh, but I have just loaded up some 220gr gamekings to see how they shoot. Haven;t shot them yet.

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    Thumbs up Accubond

    Used a 225gr AB on my Moose last year in my 338 Win......same load this year also will be used.......one shot @ 200 yards. Very little meat damage!

    You will experience more meat loss with Gamekings but excellent accuracy.
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    jpost,
    do you mind telling me what powder and grains you used for that load. I have the same rifle and would like to do some reloading for it also. I would like to try some 165 grain loads out of it also. I bought a box of Fusion 165gr but they shot like crap out of my Tikka T3 Lite. Thanks

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    The 180 gr out of my 06 kills caribou very well. I've only recovered one bullet. It opened to 0.60 x 0.65 inch and retained 80% of its weight. The shot went length-wise through the caribou at 325 yards. It had exactly the same effect my 338 250 gr Nosler Partition had at the same shot placement. Both opened to 0.60 x 0.65 inch with similar retention weight. Jim

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    450Hunter,
    I use 70 grains of RE 19, 180 grain Sierra Game kings, Federal magnum primers, 2.8" OAL. Shoots under 1" at 100 yards. I also reloaded 180 grain Failsafes with excellent results however I think they have been replaced by another bullet. Factory 180 gr failsafes also shot under 1'' at 100. Shortmags.com has alot of info for the 300 wsm. My Tikka T3 Lite has been a very accurate rifle, good luck with yours.

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    338 Win

    Reloader 19 @ 75.1
    225 Nosler AB
    Win Large Rifle Primer-WLR (Not Mag Rifle Primers)
    FC Nickle Cases
    Very accurate load.......anywhere between 75.0 and 75.5 is good as long as you WLR primers!
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    Jeff,

    You going to shoot another bull with that 338 Winnie this fall? If so, what handloads you running this year? Email me a picture if you do!

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    sent you a PM.......shooting the above load........same stand as last year!

    Same Win 70............best gun I have!

    Camp site already setup.....unless someone stole it!

    Meat getting a little low in the freezer!
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    I took my 340 to Namibia this spring and took 5 animals using 225 gr Accubonds. All shots were made at between 150-250 yards. The smaller stuff (blesbok & hartebeast) had pass-throughs and with no bullet recovery. I did recover a couple of bullets from the larger stuff (kudu, wildebeast, oryx) and it appeared to me that if the Accubonds hit a major bone they would break-up and if they did not hit bone they lost quite a bit of weight in the mushrooming process (~50% weight loss). However, they were effective and only the wildebeast took more than one shot to put down in a timely manner. I summary, I think the Accubonds did fine on medium-size game but when I go back for Cape Buffalo I will load something a bit sturdier.

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    Last fall a friend I brought to moose camp was shooting his .338/.375. He put a 260 grain Accubond into the side of the head of a 57" bull moose. The range was about 20 yards at most. The moose went down and the bullet did not exit. I do not remember it being recovered. I think it came a part but I will never know. He drives them under 2700 FPS MV. Moose died, but not right away. Since him and I argue about hunting bullets all the time I told him my 250 grain Barnes X bullet out of my .338 Win. Mag. would have blown out the other side of the head. He was kind enough to share some moose meat with me since the only thing I shot was the "bull".

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    I just picked up a Remington XCR .338 WM and shoot 69.5 gr of H4350 and a 225 gr Accubond and was getting .75" groups at 100 meters.

    Did you guys find the RL19 better than the H4350 or IMR4350
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