Just curious how many of us only shoot one brand of bullet. I don't, I believe each brand has pro's and con's. I use Barnes for bigger game and normally Sierra for all others. How 'bout you all?
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Sun, 2011-05-15 20:28
Do You Use Only One Brand of Bullet?
Sun, 2011-05-15 21:04#1
For me it all depends on what
For me it all depends on what I expect the bullet to do. If I want a premium load I will use Barnes Bullets 99% of the time. But not all animals require a premium bullet and for those I mostly use Nosler Ballistic Tips. Now for pistol rounds I mostly use Speer and Nosler for the single shot guns. It all just depends on what I am hunting and with what rifle or pistol I am using at that time
Mon, 2011-05-16 09:29#2
I generally load bonded core
I generally load bonded core bullets for my big game rifles. I use Swift Sirrocco, Nosler Accubond, Hornady SST and Barnes bullets. If I had to use only one bullet, It would be the Swift Sirrocco. In hand gun loading, I use Barnes as a hunting bullet in my 41 Mag and Winchester JHP 125 gr in my 357 Mag. For really heavy loads in handguns, I generally buy Buffallo Bore loaded ammo.
Mon, 2011-05-16 12:20#3
lots more than one
I use lots more than just one brand of bullet. Sometimes in the same rifle depending on what game I am hunting and where I will be hunting. Lot's of different recipes when I load my own too. For my 375 H&H cartrdiges I like Barnes and Noslers for big animals and Hornady for soft skinned game. Sierra projectiles work well in my 308s. I only use cast lead in several others. So wuithout getting too long winded - I use lots of difefrent bullets and can't imagine limiting myself to just one brand.
Mon, 2011-05-16 20:43#4
I find this interesting
I find this interesting because I have friends who are like Groovy Mike and use any and every bullet they can get their hands on, then others use a select few depending on their target/use. For myself, I've been trying to stick with Barnes and Sierra to give me some stability or a baseline for consistency. While I've loaded and shot many different bullets, I found it to get expensive quickly and eventually realized that one quality round can suffice for many different purposes. I also asked this because many of you are more experienced in reloading then myself. As I begin to load for a 8mm, I want to gather info. to make a more educated decision on the bullet to load. One person tells me to shoot every brand and use the most accurate, another friend tells me to stick to Barnes X and experiment with the different powders I have, ie. use the X as my building block. I hope more guys chime in as I personally find this argument very intriguing.
Tue, 2011-05-17 00:34#5
I don't currently reload but
I don't currently reload but all my factory hunting ammo consists of three basic bullets. The Barnes triple shock is my favorite overall and can be used for anything if needed with excellent results and great accuracy. After that I use Nosler accubonds and ballistic tips. I only use the ballistic tips on antelope as I've had very poor results on any thing bigger. Others have had better luck but I have disasterous explosive results may years ago so although very accurate I have reserved them for only the smallest of the big game animals.
The accubonds are also a great all around bullet.
Tue, 2011-05-17 20:12#6
I completely agree with the
I completely agree with the BT comment - crap bullet for anything larger than a Antelope. The first time I used them, I shot a Wyoming Mule Deer doe with a 30-06, about 200yds. My wife saw the bullet impact the deer and by the way she reacted, it appeared to me it was one shot, one kill. Unfortunately, after about 2 or 3 seconds being on the ground, she got up, shook it off, and a running she did go. When we went to where I shot her, there was fur but no blood. It was a 165 gr. BT at about 2800 fps. (as best I can recall). I haven't shot a BT since then accept out of my 25-06 at Antelope. It is pretty devistating to antelope out of my 25-06.
Wed, 2011-05-18 06:20#7
I could see it if...
I could see limiting yourself to a couple of bullets if you only shot one or two rifles of the same chanberings. But there is no way to narrow it to one bullet if you shoot a dozen firearms. I tend to find one good load or two per cartridge I use and stick with that. What I mean is that after testing various brands and loads I pick what works best and use that recipe for say 308, but it will be a different combination that works best in 30-06 which is different than the load for 45-70, etc.
Wed, 2011-05-18 14:11#8
For now I only shoot Nosler
For now I only shoot Nosler bullets for all my game and shooting. I however have bee thinking about giving the Hornadays a try. I have shot Noslers for so long and have had just outstandung results that I find it real hard to want to change to anything else.
Wed, 2011-05-18 21:15#9
I only shoot one !!
I have been shooting the Hornady's the last 8 years in my guns. I just love the accuracy and performance of the 139 gr Hornady Interbonds in my 7MM RUM. I shoot the 60 grHorandy HP"s in my 22-250. I have been thinking about giving the GMX's a go in my Ultra Mag.
I do load the 100 gr Nosler BT's in my daughters 6mm because it is just a tack driver in her gun. I load 110 gr Hornady SST's in my son's 270.
I use to load nothing but Sierra Game King's in my 7mm Rem Mag and my 22-250 for quite a few years until I switched to Hornady's.
Wed, 2011-05-18 21:23#10
I personally think that as
I personally think that as long as you use a quality bullet that you find works well in your rifle you won't go wrong with any of the manufactures. I also believe that the quality that they are all putting out now days is so much better than it was 20 years ago in bullet manufacturing. So as long as you stick with a style of bullet that was designed for the animal that you are hunting you won't go wrong.
As I have said I have a personal preference with the Barnes bullets but I wouldn't knock any of the other ones out there.