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Winchester Ballistic Silvertips

Howdy All, New guy here. I just bought a Vanguard 7mm. Rem.Mag. I finally found a bullet that I can have confidence in. It is the Winchester Ballistic Silvertip in 150 gr.
I have been able to get groups of 4 smaller than a quarter at 200 yds.
Has anyone ever hunted with this bullet or another poly or moly bullet?

I am planning to use it for elk and mule deer. I hunt cow elk only and prefer head shots. I am all about the meat.

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Winchester Ballistic Silvertips

That's the only bullet a good friend of mine uses, out of his 270wsm, on Elk, Deer and Black Bear.
Good luck on your hunts and welcome to BGH.

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Thank you Fuzzybear, for the welcome and the feedback. Good luck back at ya'.

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I have used them almost exclusevly for about 15 years now. 150 grainers in my 7 mag., 178 grain Hornaday TAP (basically same thing as a ballistic tip) in 300 win mag,, 165 grainers in my 06 and 308. Realize that they are a rapid expanding bullet meaning thye are pretty much a hollow point with a plastic tip. I've killed whitetails, antelope and mules with them. They generally fragment inside the animal altho you will sometimes get that perfect mushroomed bullet. I've had em stay in the animals and exit. They are not the nosler partitions, X-bullet or A-frame bullets of controled expanstion (which is what I would use for elk, moose and big bears). best of luck.

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It's a great bullet, but a little light for elk. I've taken considerably over 100 deer with 140gr bullets out of a .280 and usuallly performed (great accuracy, full penetration and seemingly great expansion) very well on small southern deer. But I have never had great performance on larger western game with this bullet through many different calibers. On faster cartridges I have had minor issues with poor penetration. I say minor because I nearly always got a second round into the animal.
And DO NOT HEAD SHOOT! I do not like seeing animals with their jaws and or noses blown off. Just shoot behind the shoulder, or through the shoulder-but not on elk with that bullet.

And funny story, I was walking in an area that I shot a deer with my .280 and 140 gr BST and found the jacket of the bullet on the ground one year later! It was about 200 yards from where I hit the deer and the lead core was gone. I am certain it was my bullet because of the unique look of copper rifling marks engraved in the black Lubalox bullet coating.

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I've not hunted with the Silvertip, but knowing the construction of the bullet, its not one that I would want to hit a heavier boned animal with at less than 100 yards. The high velocity/energy makes for easy disintegration.

Like most ballistic tip designs, if people complain about the bullet its because of failure at under 100 yards and the bullet "splashed" on impact.

At greater distances, the lighter construction makes for better expansion at slower velocities that a harder construction bullet cannot necessarily achieve.

That is a great group. The vanguards in general are superb rifles for the money.

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bitmasher, Have you tried the XM-3's?
The Lubalox coating seems to make a difference in accuracy.

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I've not shot the XP3. The lubalox improves barrel life, but accuracy really depends on the barrel.

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bitmasher wrote:
I've not shot the XP3. The lubalox improves barrel life, but accuracy really depends on the barrel.

XP3 Right lol Thanks. I guess my barrel likes it Yes

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