In another post about bullet tip's, the conversation seem's to want to gert away from "what happen's to the tip: to "I like". I think we got a good explanation of what might happen to the tip. There likely are forces we don't understand relating to pressure on the bullet surface's. It was very interesting.
Now a few guy's have started talking about bullet construction; more important than where the tip goes, if anywhere. I have relied on Hornady and Speer hot core bullet's for so long, I don't even know the name's for all these new thing's.
What exactly is an accu-bond bullet? Is it in reality nothing more than an old Speer hot core? And Hornady has an SST, or something, what's that? With the exception of the,,,,solid copper (?) bullet's that have little petel's that open up, the core of all bullet's is lead. I'm not convinced that anything much better has come along. Also I concider 300 yds a very long shot and the bullet's of lead capabile of that and still preforming properly are to many to count. Even the catrtidge's are to many to count.
I did, year's ago, some bullet expansion test's into wet newspaper, maybe not the best but equal for all. I tested 165 gr Speer, Hornady, Sierra and Nosler. I didn't find any advantage to the Nosler's at 100 yds. The front part sheered the jacket at the partition leaving a plug. I've heard that doesn't happen any more. The Hornady, Pre interloc, retained 86% of it's weight but the core was loose in the jacket. Didn't seperate. The Speer retained 86% and the core and the jacket were tight, the good hot core bullet. The Sierra was a hollow point and the point closed up and the bullet bent. 100% weight retention but no mushroom.
That probally wasn't fair to Sierra but my experience with them on game is they kill like lighting but are way to distructive. One bullet, Sierra, I used on a small bear didn't make it thru the fat layer front on. That was the 140 gr from a 7mm Rem Mag. Using the same bullet in a 7x57 on deer, there was tremendious destruction inside. Same result's with they're 160 gr in the 7mm Rem Mag.
As a result of these thing's my bullet's of choice for many year's have been Speer hot core and Hornady Spire Point's, now with interloc. I've never had a bullet fail and have shot deer, elk and black bear with them.
In my 243 I use Hornady V-Max and Nosler Balistic tip varmit bullet's and they blow up wonderfully well. It's not just the thin jacket and soft lead. It's that tip that get's driven back into the core like a splitting maul. I believe that wqas the problem with the ballistic tip hunting bullet's earily on. But I don't know as I don't use them. Whatever that tip is made of likely doesn't matter. So I have spent most of the last 30 yrs shooting Speer hot core or Hornady Spire Point's, without failure and without complaint. I quit Speer's year's ago when Vernon sold out as the new company, Omark, was into peddling product's and not customer's need's. I don't know that the quality of bullet's went down hill, just the quality of service. To this day, for hunting bullet's I rely on Hornady's for big game. The secrete is choosing the right cartridge and bullet for the game your hunting. Using some kind of super priemum bullet does not turn a ,,,25-06 into a 30-06. And I use a 25-06 a lot.
So what do you guy's use and why? OOPS! no spell check!!!!!!!!