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IME, the most accurate ballistic tip bullet I've used was:

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by RugerOldArmy, Mar 1, 2008.


Most ACCURATE polycarbonate tipped bullet, in your experience?

Poll closed Mar 31, 2008.
  1. Combined Technology Ballistic Tips

  2. Hornady V-Max

  3. Hornady A-Max

  4. Nosler Ballistic Tips

  5. Sierra BlitzKing

  6. Others (explain), or, 'I like cheese!'

  1. RugerOldArmy

    RugerOldArmy Well-Known Member

    What polycarbonate-tipped bullet HAS SHOT THE MOST ACCURATELY for you? We're not talking 'Splat-Factor', just holes downrange.
  2. snuffy

    snuffy Well-Known Member

    Hornady interbond!
  3. RonSC

    RonSC Well-Known Member

    Nosler Accubond
    Hornady Interbond
  4. sublimaze41

    sublimaze41 Well-Known Member

    Hornady and Nosler are equally accurate for me. I give the nod to Hornady because they cost quite a bit less.

    Ultimately I guess Hornady's are more accurate since I will shoot more of them. This is of course assuming that practice increases accuracy.
  5. redneck2

    redneck2 Well-Known Member

    Nosler BT's are exceptionally accurate out of my AR. I shot them and quit looking. Never tried any others in that gun.

    I use 162 gr A-Max in my 7 mag.
  6. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    i tried sierra and hornady in my 220 swift and they're identical. no discernible difference at all.
  7. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Since this was not a multiple choice poll, I didn't vote.

    But Hornady V-Max and Nosler Ballistic-Tips ar both as accurate as any bullets I have shot, except for high-end match bullets.

    At least in .223, they shoot the exact same group sizes, and I use whichever one is cheaper at the time.

    The last time I bought them, that happened to be Nosler.
    The time before that it was Hornady.

  8. RugerOldArmy

    RugerOldArmy Well-Known Member

    Not only was I looking at perceived accuracy of brands, but another aspect, closely related to this point. I've used .224 55Gr V-Max and Nosler BT bullets, and tested them in several rifles, with only the bullet being different in the loads.

    AR - National Match: Shot the same
    AR - 24" Varmint: Shot the same
    CZ 527 Varmint (.223 Rem): Shot the same
    Savage 1:9 Model 12 (.223 Rem): Shot the same
    Rem XR-100 (.22-250): A distinct preference for one of the two. (Won't say it may influence the poll.)

    (I've used BlitzKings too, but didn't do this test with them.)

    So in that case, I would consider one a winner.
  9. dakotasin

    dakotasin Well-Known Member

    i have had outstanding luck w/ the 168 a-max in 308, and have impressed myself w/ v-max's in the various 22's. the nosler ballistic tip has proven accurate in my 25's, and hornady's plastic tips have been best in my 7mm's, 270's, and 6mm's.

    i have since gotten away from plastic-tips for everything except the 1000 yard 308, which still shoots the a-max, and never tried a plastic tip in 8mm or 338.
  10. RugerOldArmy

    RugerOldArmy Well-Known Member

    Yep. I don't think it's even worth debating if the B-Tips bullets shoot as accurately as good FBHP or BTHP bullets. I don't think they do. I suspect many would feel the same. Perhaps with the exception of the A-Max, they're usually designed with different purposes in mind, no?
  11. HankB

    HankB Well-Known Member

    In my post '64 (push feed) .30/06 Winchester M70, a 180 grain Ballistic Tip loaded ahead of 61.0 grains of RL22 will, on demand, put 5 rounds into 3/4" at 100 yards . . . which is as good as that rifle will do with match ammo.

    (The rifle has been glass bedded into a B&C stock, but still wears the original 22" factory barrel, which has seen > 4000 rounds.)
  12. moosehunt

    moosehunt Well-Known Member

    Nosler Accubond (not one of your choices), 140 gr in my .284 Jamison. Unreal accuracy, and almost as good of performance on the critters as Barnes X at much lower cost.
  13. hawkeye1

    hawkeye1 Well-Known Member

    I tried the Nosler Ballistic Tip 150 grain in my 30-06 and the groups were great. That is my number one whitetail load.

    One guy mentioned the BT in his AR. I have some on hand, I think I will try those. I have not started reloading for extreme accuracy in the AR but am getting ready to give it a shot. Will see.

    good shooting
  14. Hazzard

    Hazzard Well-Known Member

    I've found that the good old Nosler B-tips performed best for me
  15. Tony Gable

    Tony Gable Active Member

    My Nosler BTs shoot subminute of squirell out to 200 yards in 50 and 55 grains.

  16. jaholder1971

    jaholder1971 Well-Known Member

    I've yet to find a HPBT match bullet that will shoot better out of my Savage 10FP or my 7X57 scout rifle than Nosler BT's.
  17. cpttango30

    cpttango30 Well-Known Member

    in my 223 the 50gr V-max will turn in .411" 5 shot 100 yard groups.
  18. JackOfAllTradesMasterAtNone

    JackOfAllTradesMasterAtNone Well-Known Member

    I have not shot all of the ones you list here. I have not been overly impressed by NBT's. But I have been pleasantly surprised by Remington Bronze Tips.

  19. Mal H

    Mal H Administrator

    Nosler BT in both 140 and 150 in .270 have been exceptional for me.
  20. RugerOldArmy

    RugerOldArmy Well-Known Member

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