I spoke to a buddy recently about using a lrx bullet in my next load for 30-06 and 6.5×55.
He related a story about elk hunting this year where his 338 win mag loaded with ttsx “penciled” through a bull and he will not use them again. He is now going to use the accubond bullets in his 338. What are your experiences? I like the idea of the LRX but if it is unreliable, I will go with Berger or Accubond. I will use the bullets in 30-06 and 6.5×55. any real experience is welcome.
I just spoke to my father, who for years has been a supporter of the idea that Barnes puts forth. He's recently used Berger bullets to good effect. Per him “Nothing I have shot with either one has lived”. He did mention that he has never recovered a bullet from either brand, but is convinced that the Bergers create a larger exit hole, and have better ballistic properties.
You can't expect a Barnes bullet to have the same terminal ballistics as an Accubond or Berger bullet. Each of these 3 react totally different at various velocities and each are designed completely different from one another.
I like Accubonds but its hard to beat a TTSX bullet at high velocity for close range shots. Berger bullets are grenades, they are designed to dump as much energy as it can by shattering into pieces resulting in the largest wound channels at the highest velocities, great for stopping an animal at close range but a lot of downsides to this bullet.
Here's how i would rate them:
#1 – Accubonds – “Good” @ short range performance (can grenade on bone) ,… “Excellent” @ mid & long range for accuracy, with good expansion and penetration.
#2 – Barnes TSX or TTSX or LRX – “Excellent” @ short range performance with “Excellent” terminal ballistics,… “Good” @ mid range, “Fair” @ Long range, good accuracy but lacks expansion at lower velocities resulting in pass throughs with little terminal damage.
#3 – Berger VLD or HyBrids – “Fair” @ short range performance, will grenade at high velocities,major meat spoilage…”Good” @ mid range with accuracy and expansion,…”Bad” @ long range penetration.
Personally I'd steer clear of Barnes for anything but close work. I have used the TTSX quite a bit, but they like to be driven fast and are really not for anything past 300 yards.
For .30-06 (which I have owned) I went with 178 grain A-Max, which is a very good long range bullet. At close range they can cause lots of damage, but I'm not concerned about that.
For 6.5×55 (which I haven't owned), my choice would be either 140 A-Max or VLD (in that order).
Sorry, no mention of the Accubond, but for LR I prefer non-bonded bullets like the A-Max as they need to break up to deliver energy and secondary wounding when moving slowly. Bonded bullets won't do that.