Match bullets vs. varmint bullets
Posted 13 May 2011 - 02:08 PM
Posted 13 May 2011 - 03:33 PM
First off, Good post! However, for the average predator & varmint hunter, I have to disagree with the above statement. The statement does indeed go well with the military & so called "assault rifle" (what ever that is) & heavy bullet craze we see these days, with folks believing they will make better hits at the longer distances with these higher B.C. bullets. Take that excellent 77gr Nosler bullet with a B.C. of 340 at a MAX velocity of approx 3200 fps & compare it to the Nosler 40gr bal tip with it's substantially lower B.C. of 221, but at a screeming 4200 fps, both from a 22-250. Sight them both loads dead on at 200 yards & plug that info into a ballistics program & the 77gr bullet falls flat on its face, trajectory speaking. One will see approx 6" more bullet drop with the 77gr bullet at a mere 400 yards and nearly a foot more drop at 500 yards. Even at 300 yards it has 2" more drop than the 40gr bullet. So out to approx 500 yards, I will take the lower B.C., but faster 40gr bullet over the snail paced, arching trajectory, but excellent B.C. 77gr bullet.Now, the higher B.C. may indeed apply for military sniper work or the varmint hunter STARTING at 600 yards, but that is a totally different ball game altogether that few, if any of us play. It don't apply to most of us in other words.Oh, the wind thing. Yeah, right! Friends and I have proved that so called fact wrong so many times on game and steel targets out to 600 yards it's almost absurd. Including against some of those long range steel target shooters out to 600 yards.Bottom Line? SPEED KILLS... Not B.C.... for most of us !!Frank
We soon discover that we can launch the heavier bullets a lot further than the light varmint bullet we have become so used to using with more consistant results due to the much higher BC. (the 77 grain Nosler custom competion would be a fine example)
Posted 13 May 2011 - 07:39 PM
Posted 13 May 2011 - 07:44 PM
Posted 13 May 2011 - 08:18 PM
Frank what was the PD looks like when the 142 connects?
Past 500 - 600 yards is where you see the heavy bullets with the higher BC make a difference. For my 6.5x284 I've shot the 95 grain Nosler BTs for antelope because of the smaller drop but when I'm shooting the prairie dogs and coyotes from 600 - 1,000 yards i use the 142 grain SMK's.
Posted 14 May 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted 14 May 2011 - 09:16 AM
Yeah, it leaves a big crater, but is the sectional density of that bullet enough to kill them without leaving just a splash wound?!
Although the 375 H&H with 270 grain Hornady softpoints leave a foot wide crater in the ground which is pretty neat.
Posted 14 May 2011 - 12:30 PM
Oh yeah! check this crater created by the 235 grain Barnes at 100 meters from my friends 375 Weatherby.Here's what it did to a Zebra.
Usually it just drills right through them. The most explosive are the high speed lightweight projectiles. Although the 375 H&H with 270 grain Hornady softpoints leave a foot wide crater in the ground which is pretty neat.
Posted 14 May 2011 - 01:32 PM
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