Accubond LR terminal performance

NigelM

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#1
Seeing as it's a bit of an unknown at the moment and theres quite a bit of chat about it I thought I would share my experience of this week.

7mm08 shooting a 150 ABLR at 2760 fps.

I shot a Mouflon on Tuesday. It was lying down facing me. I was told by the French guide to take the shot so placed it just above the brisket, trying to avoid it raking the saddles. The bullet ran the full length of the body and came to rest in the left haunch, recovered when we butchered it.

Recovered bullet weighed 132 grains so it retained 88% of it's weight. Expanded dimensions were 3/4"x1/2", so it expanded very well. It would have been 3/4" square but the 12% that fell off was all on one side. The bonding has worked very well, most of the lead well and truly bonded to the jacket. Terminal velocity was around 2570 fps.

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Overall I was very impressed with it. Obviously not sure exactly how it's going to perform at higher and lower terminal velocities but signs are very good.

Hope that helps someone.
 

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NigelM

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Thanks, Reloading Solutions. Always found their service very good.

It was a bit of a waste of a ABLR at 120 meters, but I was warned to get set for a 300 meter shot in what might be breezy conditions, so I belt and braced it.
 

Benji53

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#6
I use the 168 grain in my 7 mag and I find they expand well but hold together only recovered the odd one mind regards benji
 

NigelM

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#7
I have been using the 129 grain in the 6.5 Lapua and it has performed very well on red and side but never recovered one.

I am about to load the 168 in the 280ai. It's 9 twist so I have fingers crossed that it's going to stabilise. What twist rate is your 7 RM Benji?
 

banus

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#8
i was kindly given a few of these to try in 129gr loaded in 6.5x55 only shot roe with them from 40yards to 330 yards at 40 yards tennis ball size exit,180 yards golf ball exit and 330yards golf ball exit .all ran 20/40 yards with destroyed heart and lungs.no bang flop but dead on their feet.very accurate on gongs at 450 yards and totally destroyed a pumpkin at 500 yards so i would say a good bullet.they are only doing 2550fps in 20" tikka sv but dont take any prisoners.
 

dodgyknees

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#10
Will write up some notes on the ELD|X 6.5mm 143gr for comparison. Getting outstanding ballistics & terminals on large goats well past 500m but majority 250-400m plus some close rangers 50-70m. Very impressed.
 

deeangeo

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#11
Nosler don’t make an ABLR in .25 cal. But, I’ve been using the 110gn Accubond for many years on reds, roe, goats. Never ever have recovered a bullet though, they always passed straight through.
Pretty low meat damage & relatively small exit damage, but knock down power is excellent.
Only ever had one 14 point stag run, in the rut, it ran about sixty yds before keeling over to a lung shot.
Took a smaller stag last year at approx. 230yds that ran 20yds then keeled over, but overall, no complaints, deer usually go straight down.
The AB bullet works very well indeed and is the only bullet I’d use on stags. However it is my go to bullet for everything I shoot these days.

Having said that, I’ve shot many hinds and the Sierra ProHunter has been a superb performer on them, especially on open hill. A much cheaper bullet too.
 
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NigelM

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#12
Will write up some notes on the ELD|X 6.5mm 143gr for comparison. Getting outstanding ballistics & terminals on large goats well past 500m but majority 250-400m plus some close rangers 50-70m. Very impressed.
Thanks Dave. Keen on comparing the terminals on these two and if you find any recovered bullets would love to weigh them and see if the bonding stays in place. I have gone ABLR because I believe ELD-X is a bit too Amax, which is fine for 300 meters plus but not so flash for 0-300 meters. All based on guess work and supposition so it would be great to see evidence.
 
#13
Will write up some notes on the ELD|X 6.5mm 143gr for comparison. Getting outstanding ballistics & terminals on large goats well past 500m but majority 250-400m plus some close rangers 50-70m. Very impressed.
I'll be very interested to see what you think, Ive got a 260rem due soon and the 143 ELDX, sierra BTSP and accubond are the bullets Im looking at
 

Border

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#14
Thanks Dave. Keen on comparing the terminals on these two and if you find any recovered bullets would love to weigh them and see if the bonding stays in place. I have gone ABLR because I believe ELD-X is a bit too Amax, which is fine for 300 meters plus but not so flash for 0-300 meters. All based on guess work and supposition so it would be great to see evidence.
Is the ELD X bonded? I thought that it just had the interlock construction?
 

turner.jc1

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#16
Nigel its not bonded. Its got an interlock ring, maybe thats what you're thinking of? The ELD-X is basically a sleeker SST, the ELD-M is basically sleeker AMAX.
 

mollydog

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#19
I have been using the 150grLR in my .270 and I have found them very good on both Red and Roe , the biggest benefit is with shooting roe as there is much less damage compared to my old load [130 gr sierra game king ] .
in summary I have found them to be accurate and swift killing bullets.
 

1894

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#20
Interested in these as my box of 150swift scirricco mk1 has run out. I'm told the mk2 is tougher which seeing as I shoot a 20" 708 I'm not keen on.
 

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