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Californio
10-26-2007, 10:57 AM
I decided to look at Barnes Triple-Shock X-Bullets in .308 150 grain, being I am going to be forced to use something like them in the future. Instead of handloading I bought a box of Federal Premium, for testing, ouch, high priced.

Salesman says they are hard and will not expand. I would use these on large hogs, 300lbs, and he said they may go right through on a lung shot.

If the bullet travels through the animal not much energy is being left in the animal. Finding wounded hogs in the brush is difficult and dangerous.

Anyone use this bullet on hogs?

wildcard
10-26-2007, 11:28 AM
Lies! Just look at how awesome that bullet is in the video! http://www.barnesbullets.com/

hybridatsun350
10-26-2007, 11:44 AM
You learn something every day. I didn't know anyone made 100% copper bullets. Cool stuff though!

Flux Capacitor
10-26-2007, 1:06 PM
Its sooooo expensive tho. Probably the only solid copper I can find tho.. The bullets are so expensive, I'm better off buying factory loads.

Fjold
10-26-2007, 1:20 PM
I've shot three antelope with the 140 grain Barnes TSX out of a 7 Mag and they performed perfectly. Each shot was a soft tissue shot behind the front leg between 150 and 260 yards. The entrance holes were caliber diameter and exit holes were approximately 1" in diameter and all the internal plumbing between the holes was turned to jelly.


The salesman who told you that they wouldn't work has probably never used them.

I use them in my 7 Mag and my 375 H&H but I buy bullets when they go on sale at Midway and reload them myself. The TSX bullets themselves can usually be purchased for $26-$28 for a box of 50. The MRX run about $30-$34 a box.

Do not buy the "Banded Solids" by mistake, they are true solids and made to penetrate without expanding.

AKman
10-26-2007, 2:40 PM
I used 30.06 180 grain Barnes XXX the last time I went pig hunting. I dropped two 200 lb pigs, each with one shot. Both were at about 150-200 yards out. So, I spent about $3 on ammo while hunting and another $9 adjusting my scope beforehand. I can't imagine anyone here thinks this is expensive.

Californio
10-26-2007, 2:48 PM
Great Information - Thanks

I feel better about using them now.

Californio
10-26-2007, 2:54 PM
I used 30.06 180 grain Barnes XXX the last time I went pig hunting. I dropped two 200 lb pigs, each with one shot. Both were at about 150-200 yards out. So, I spent about $3 on ammo while hunting and another $9 adjusting my scope beforehand. I can't imagine anyone here thinks this is expensive.

I paid $45 for 20 thats 2.25 each Factory Retail. Plan to hand load after I give them a test, I think they were $45 per box of 100 or .45 each. My last Punch handgun bullets were around $3.00 ea.

AfricanHunter
10-26-2007, 3:46 PM
While I personally have not used barnes bullets very much, I have heard mixed reviews of them. Some people love them to death and others have had (what they feel are) failures with them. I think that when they open, they are an excellent bullet but if the nose gets damaged at all from recoil or whatever, they can just pencil through the animal.

Example : http://forums.accuratereloading.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/4711043/m/913102147

My preference is for a lead core bonded bullet. The best I have found are Northfork's (http://www.northforkbullets.com/). It is a small company but damn do they make excellent softs, solids and cup points. Another company you may want to look at for non lead bullets is GS Custom (http://gscustom.co.za/). Good Luck.

Fjold
10-26-2007, 4:18 PM
In a significant portion of California non lead bullets are the only option for big game and coyote hunters.

Flux Capacitor
10-26-2007, 4:41 PM
ya think they (the state) will give away free copper bullets like they did before?

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-10-23-condor_x.htm

nhanson
10-26-2007, 5:02 PM
I shot an Antelope with a 140 grain MRX out of a 7 mm Rem Mag. 7 mm hole entry with a 2 1/2 inch hole out. Rib cage shot missing the heart but trashed the lungs....animals went about 25 meters and collapsed. It was a 150 M shot.