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Fire, I believe the main

Fire, I believe the main difference is the Accubond was developed with a sleeker more aerodynamic shape with the plastic tip hence the 'Accu' portion of the name. It's supposed to have the potential for better then normal accuracy and still deliver with the killing penetration. As we all know however accuracy is up to what the gun likes so some will still get better accuracy with Partitions, but many do see good to great accuracy with Accubonds. Partitions from my research while always know for great penetration weren't always known for exceptional accuracy, good hunting accuracy, but not wiz bang minute of angle long range accuracy (I know, I know, some guys have gotten ultra great accuracy with them however). I do think if a reloader were to experiment with enough components i.e. powders, primers, brass, lands depth, they'd probably find a recipe that worked with the Accubonds in terms of high accuracy.

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Re Fire, I believe the main


Thanks for that piece of info. What got me looking at the AB in the first place was the plastic tip. I like how they don't get beat up like the partitions tips do. I would think that would have a little bit of effect on the accuracy of the partitions when those tips get deformed. I think all holds true with finding the right re load

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go w/ the accubond then

Don Fischer wrote:

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.

If they retain the same wieght than I would go with the accubond due to it's higher ballistic coefficient.

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My wife shot two deer with accubonds

My wife shot two deer this year with her 270, with handloaded 140 grain accubonds.One large Mule Deer buck and a smaller Whitetail. Both first shots were about 100 yards, both were front shoulder shots. on the mule deer the bullet only penetrated the shoulder and then exploded. He went down but not at all dead and actually charged us using his hind quarters as we approached. It took a finishing shot in the chest . On the whitetail the shot was an angle as he was coming slightly towards her the bullet completly exploded the front shoulder, It fell off during skinning, somehow the guts were peppered withbullet fragments?? or bone chips a real mess, but didn't seem any vitals were hurt..This little buck kept going slowed down of course and required another shot behind the front shoulder , which did him in. She has been hunting for 46 years with her 1951 270 Husqvarna hi power and has harvested many deer, All were using handloads. I feel from the above the accubonds are the poorest performing bullets used in 46 years. When the nossler partitions came out I loaded her 150 grain nossler partitions, She did think they kicked her pretty good but sure killed her game. so I thought these 140 accubonds would be the ticket. This is my two cents, but for us never again accubonds, course at our age won't be hunting that many more years. lol

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Partons vs accubond

Although I've never used any of the Accubond bullets I've heard numerous stories like Huskyjack's telling of explosive expansion at short ranges especially if bone is hit. I've killed several deer with Partitions in three different calibers, the .243, 7mm-08 & 30-06. All the bullets I've recovered had similar performance with the soft front section deforming back tremendously or shearing off completely but the retained weight of the rear section was always about two thirds of the original weight, which is what Nosler claims. The rear section remains intact and will continue to drive through flesh and bone creating massive internal damage. Several years ago I shot a large mule deer doe at about 75 yards with a 140 grain Partition out of my 7mm-08 and pulled the shot forward and hit right on the point of the shoulder bone. It was a mess but the rear of the bullet penetrated through to the vitals and she only ran about 15 yards. The recovered bullet weighed in right at 100 grains. Later that same year my son used the same gun and load to take a nice 4x4 mule deer buck and hit it in the exact same location, right on the point of the shoulder. Once again it made a mess of the front shoulder but the buck dropped where it stood and we recovered the bullet and this one weighed 105 grains and also made it through the vitals and we found it on the opposite side, just under the skin. I'm obviously a big fan of the Partitions and will continue to use them in all my big game guns. The other factor I like is that soft nose will still expand even at longer ranges. It's one of the things I'm a little concerned about with the all copper bullets. At long range when velocities have dropped significantly will expansion be sufficient to create lots of destructive tissue damage or will they just pencil through?

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