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Accubonds vs. Partitions

Was wondering how many people out there have made a complete switch from the nosler partition to the nosler accubond? Or if you use a combination of both in the caliber that you shoot?

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They are two different

They are two different bullets intended for two different pourposes.  The Partition is designed to retain close to half of its weight no matter what it hits and to plow through heavy muscle and bone.  The Accubond is designed more for pennetration on thin skined game and if it hits heavy bone will possibly blow up and shread apart.  Both will get the job done but I believe that the partition will still be mostly intact when the accubond is gone. 

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They are two different

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Thanks for the info, I know they advertise the accubond shoots a little flatter but I was under the impression that it also retained as much weight.

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Looking at the nosler site it

Looking at the nosler site it looks like they are touting the accubond to be almost the same as the partition.  It also looks like they are using the same technology that Speer has been using for the last 30 years.  It is hard to believe that it would retain as much weight as the partition by looking at its construction.  That is where I have go over to the Barnes side.  They are a great bullet and retain over 95% of there weight.  I have 3 that I have recovered from elk and they all weigh the same as they were when then went into the rifle.  Also of the three that I recovered they were all raking shots and the bullets almost went through the whole critter.  The broad side shots you might as well get out the metal locator to find the bullet. 

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I have never tried the

I have never tried the partions..evem though a great bullet.  I have only uswed the AB and have nothing but great results...groups or performance on elk, deer and antelope.  So I have hasd no reason to make the switch.

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The Accubond is a bonded

The Accubond is a bonded bullet which is touted as having penetrating power with the potential for having a high level of accuracy. As with any bullet rifle combo accuracy is up to what the gun likes and if either of those bullets either Accubond or Partition shot with good accuracy in my gun I wouldn't hesitate to sling one at an elk in an adequate caliber.

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Lead free

Have any of you guys considered switching over to lead free bullets? I've done some reading about some of the studies that have been on the subject but nothing seems to say they are unhealthy. In the meantime I'm still shooting the partitions

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Have any of you guys considered switching over to lead free bullets? I've done some reading about some of the studies that have been on the subject but nothing seems to say they are unhealthy. In the meantime I'm still shooting the partitions

As in the pure copper bullets like the Hornady GMX? I'd use one in an instant if I got decent hunting accuracy with them. I tried the 165 gr GMX for my 30-06 but they didn't shoot well in my gun. They hold together and retain their weight and penetrate.

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I have been using the Barnes

I have been using the Barnes bullets in my high power rifles for quite a while now and not because they are lead free.  I get great accuracy and the performance on deer and elk is about the best that I have seen in 45 years of hunting and 35 years of reloading.

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I talked to the guy's at

I talked to the guy's at Nosler some time back about the Accubond and Partition. Funny thing is they are both designed to maintain 70% of their weight and to penetrate deeply. I can't tell where there is 2 cents worth difference in either. What one will do, so should the other. I don't use many Nosler bullet's because my first try with them was the old partition, which would consistenty sheer off at the partition. Probably didn't matter but soured me just the same.

The bonded type bullet is nothing new. Vernon Speer was making Hot Core bullet's many years ago and the retained a lot of weight and penetrated very well. I think Speer still makes that Hot Core. IMO most the hype on these premium bullet's is just that, hype. A proper cup and core bullet chosen for the catrtidge and game at hand is more than adequate for all hunting. The catch is using the proper bullet and cartridge.

The manufacturing method of the partition is not really a lot different than a cup and core. A plug is drawn form both ends to make two cavities to except a lead plug. The older partitions the cavities were drilled into a solid copper rod of proper length.

If you like one or the other, just use the one you like, you'll not notice a great deal of difference on game.

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Don,

Thanks for the info. I could not see 2 cents of difference between the two from everything I had read about them on Nosler's website. I have shot partitions for years and was wondering what all the hype was about the new AB.

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