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Opinions on Hornady bullets.

I am looking to reload an accurate bullet that is good for hunting. Other choices?

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The swift scirocco is an excellent choice. It was extremely accurate in my rifles but I had a hard time finding supplies.

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I agree with Chester Golf on the Swift Sirocco, it is my bullet of choice now-a-days. That said, I load the Hornady Interlock for my buddy and it is very accurate and he wants no other bullet in his 7mm Mag.

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CVC, I own a company called Terminal Ballistics Research. My guided hunting is a subdivision of this. Please tell me what calibre you wish to reload for and what game you intend to hunt. I will do my best to provide you with an unbiased answer.
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Nathan wrote:
CVC, I own a company called Terminal Ballistics Research. My guided hunting is a subdivision of this. Please tell me what calibre you wish to reload for and what game you intend to hunt. I will do my best to provide you with an unbiased answer.
Cheers, Nathan
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Nathan,

30.06 whitetail deer and pronghorn

.243 coyote and whitetail deer

Thanks

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I have used Hornady for years, both loaded ammunition and components. I have never gotten anything from them that was not top notch.

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I have been using Hornady for hunting exclusively for over 30 years. That's the best recomendation I can give then. Have used them in: 243, 25-06, 6.5x55, 6.5x06, 270, 7x57, 280, 7mm rem mag, 308, 338 win mag. Have also used their varmit bullet's in 22 Hornet, 222, 223, 22-250 and 243.

For your 30-06, I would try different brands and find what shoot's best as long as it weight's 165grs. I've only shot two, maybe 3, deer in my life with the 243. I don't plan on ever doing it again. My 243 is a varmit/preditor rifle and shoot's 75gr V-Max's.

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Hi again CVC. The bullets I am going to suggest are based on those that we found produced the "fastest" kills combined with good penetration from varying angles. (tested on around 1200 animals in .243 and .30-06)

For the .30-06

150 grain Hornady Boattail soft point Interlock. Extremely good on animals under 180lb up to muzzle velocities of 2900fps. Hornady load this bullet in their custom ammunition which appears to average 2910fps in 24" barreled sporters. Good economical bullet that produces fast kills and large internal wounds. Easy to get shooting accurately.

150 grain Hornady Interbond. Extremely good on game up to 180lb at muzzle velocities of up to 3100. (more expensive than Interlock but less prone to excessive weight loss at close range impacts where velocity is above 2900fps)

165 grain Hornady Interlock Boattail softpoint. Good on animals weighing between 200 and 400lb. This bullet was one of the only 165 grain bullets to produce fast kills on light or lean game. Others failed to impart energy on lighter game although kills with other brands were "clean". In some 24" barreled sporters, this bullet can be safely loaded to produce 3000fps with good case life.

Quick summary: If you find that you will be hunting animals that are going to be consistantly on the heavy side but may encounter a light animal, use the 165 grain bullet. If however, the animals you intend to hunt are on the lighter or leaner side but you may encounter a large animal, use the 150 grain bullet regardless for the most consistant performance.

For the .243

87 grain Hornady boat tail spire point. This bullet was not designed primarily for medium game however on light bodied animals (under 150lb) has proven to be both reliable and fast killing. Most energy is expended right inside the vital organs and this bullet cannot be expected to exit. Try to aim in line with the foreleg or forwards of the line of the foreleg approximately 1-2" for fastest kills.

100 grain Hornady Interlock BTSP. Very good on game up to 250lb (not boar or heavily shouldered game). Again, aim in line with foreleg or forwards, always try to place bullets in the forwards portion of the chest cavity. Like the 87 grain BTSP, this bullet cannot be expected to exit offside bone or muscle and neither should be used for heavily raking shots with attention to the importants of waiting for the appropriate shot.

85 grain Barnes XLC. This coated bullet produces good accuracy in most rifles. Penetration is good on game up to 330lb from all angles bar tail on. Wounding through vitals is extremely good. Again, place shots forwards etc. An expensive bullet but very reliable where a large animal may be encountered on an otherwise lighter medium game hunt.

CVC, this was very over simplified but I hope it helps and gives you somewhere to start. Other members will have very reliable loads not listed here such as the Scirocco , Partition and Rem Corelokt however I have tried to keep mostly within the context of your original question.

Cheers, Nathan.
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Thanks Nathan. Appreciate the information.

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