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Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by skeniger2002, Dec 20, 2011.
How good and how accurate are these bullets for deer hunting
Nosler Partitions are good bullets. However, i've never gotten the accuracy from Partitions that i have other bullets. The Speer Hot Core bullet works just as well on most game and costs half as much.
Thanks I'll check in on them.
Partitions are excellent for tougher game, but not needed for thin skinned game. There are plenty of perfectly adequate deer bullets; Speer hot core,WInchester Power Point, pretty much anything Hornaday.
I have shot over 50 head of big game using Nosler Partitions in various calibers. It is the one bullet I have never had a failure with. I have never achieved benchrest accuracy with them, but how accurate does a rifle have to be to hunt big game? I routinely get 1 to 1 1/2" groups with them, far more accurate than nessasary for big game hunting.
The Partitions are good bullets, but as has already been said, not needed for deer or pronghorn in standard weight loads. If you were to use a .224" bullet for deer or pronghorn, I'd say a premium bullet (Partition, Scirrocco, Barnes TSX) would make it a little better suited for deer, (but still very marginal in caliber). In anything .243 or larger in diameter, a CoreLokt, PowerPt, HotCor, or anything Hornady (except "varmint" bullets) is very capable of doing a good job for you. The premium bullets make a lot more sense on the bigger game with thicker skins or anything that would like to eat you for dinner.
Accuracy-wise, I have actually had better experience with the Barnes TSX than the Partition, plus you get better ballistics for any given weight. The Barnes can be a little finicky to get dialed in, but once you do, they can be real tack drivers going sub-MOA all day long.
One big key to bullet performance is to match the bullet to the task and keep the velocities within the design of that particular bullet. Drive it too fast, a bullet will explode before impact. Drive it too slow, it will not expand and penetration will be limited. Use a "varmint" bullet on big game and it will virtually explode upon impact and give you very little penetration.
Yea I saw that once with a 270 weatherby mag using 90 grain hollow points. After I got the gun I went hornaday 130 grain.