For the moose hunt this year, as i couldn't get Accubonds in .280 from Federal anymore, i went with the Trophy Bonded Tip in 160 gr. Last year, i shot a nice bull at 150 yards, and recoverd the 160 gr Accubond. Perfect mushroom, just on the inside of the hide opposite. Ideal.
This year, i took a nice bull (again) at about 40 yards. Used the 160 gr. TBT, and i put one into him, he walked about 10 feet, turned around, and i put one more into him from the opposite side, and down he went.
After skinning, i found both bullets entrance and exit, about a 2" group, right through the lungs. It was like a laser went through the poor feller.
I had thought i missed on the first shot.
For closer distances, would it be better to go with a less "premium" bullet, like maybe a soft point core lokt? Something that will open up earlier?
The TBT's did their job, but if they are passing through, all that energy is not going where it should.