Anybody use Barnes .308 110 Grain TTSX?

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  1. Scout21

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    I have some powder that should be compatible with this bullet and I've been thinking about loading some up for Whitetail. I'm a little concerned about how light it is, even for a copper bullet. I want an exit wound.

    I'll be loading it up in .308 Winchester. Barnes states that velocity will be somewhere between a minimum of 3050 FPS and a maximum of 3350 FPS. I'll be shooting out to about a maximum of 300 yards. Shot placement may be less than ideal. Deer in my area top out at about 150 lbs. unless you come across an absolute monster. Most are around 100-125 lbs.

    If anyone has any first hand experience with this bullet I'd appreciate some input.
     
  2. jmr40

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    If you haven't bought bullets yet I'd move up to 130's. You don't say which powder you plan to use, but most of the ones that would work with 110's will be OK with 130's.

    I apologize, but I don't have any experience with 110's nor have I read any reports where anyone else has used them. My guess is that they will do what you want to do. But I know 130's at about 3050 from a 308 will.
     
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  3. Scout21

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    I'd rather use a 130, but according to Barnes my single pound of H322 will only work with a 110 grain bullet. I've been keeping my out out for reasonably priced Varget or H4895, but no luck so far. I should probably hold out and find an appropriate powder for a heavier bullet, but I don't want to be caught with my pants down come hunting season.

    I've found little info on the 110 grain .308 diameter TTSX, most search results refer to the .277 diameter 110 grain offering. I was really hoping someone had some experience with it.
     
  4. Patocazador

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    You can ask the same question in the RELOADING section and get many knowledgeable answers.
     
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  5. Scout21

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    I almost did, but I figured I'd get more info here. I'm not looking for load data, I'm looking for experience with terminal effect. I'll probably end up posting my question there, as well.
     
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  6. horsey300

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    It's designed for the blackout= you're pushing speeds much higher than it was designed for= phenomenal expansion, would be a good reduced load bullet, call Barnes and ask what performance to expect at 3000+
     
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    yeah as already stated I'd be moving up on bullet weight. Those 110s "black tips" are made for the 300blk and to perform at that velocity range.
     
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    That sounds like its 10 grains heavier and just a little faster than my 243.
     
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    But much lower sd, I'm not going to look up exact numbers, thinking an 80 gr ttsx or gmx (I feel like there used to be one of those) would be a closer comparison, even then a true sd comparison might be closer to the 60 weights
     
  10. courtgreene

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    If the sd has you concerned look at the bc compared to the 150s and 180s.
     
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    I plan on emailing Barnes and seeing what they say. If I get a response I'll report back here.
     
  12. Shooterbob

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    Barnes makes110 beside the black tip they have the ttsx the tsx witch has no tip ,I have no experience with the 110 I used a tsx in 30/06 and just switched to 130 going to work up a load soon .If you have the 110 the them they will work for deer I'm sure
     
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    And I don't get all wrapped up with the bc and SD of a bullet many animals have fallen before bc and SD were around. Unless you're a load range hunter with fancy drop optics and range finders in these cases then bc SD are usefull
     
  14. wombat13

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    I do not have experience with that bullet, but I do have experience with TTSX. The TTSX and TSX typically retain very nearly 100% of their initial weight. Most lead core bullets retain 60-80%. Take the Nosler Partition for example, which Nosler indicates is designed to retain 65-70% of its weight. So, if we compare the 110 TTSX with 100% weight retention to the Nosler Partition, how heavy would the Partition have to be to end up with 110 grains driving through to create the exit wound? The Partition would have to be 157 grains initial weight to end up at 110 grains if it retained 70% of its weight. Would you hesitate to use a 150 gr Partition on a deer?

    A poster on this forum has used 80 gr TTSX in his .243 with great results. That bullet has a SD of .194. The 110 gr .308 has SD .166. I would be absolutely shocked if you did not get excellent terminal performance. Sure, move up to 130 if you want and you can find the bullets and powder, but you can be quite confident that the 110 gr TTSX will work well.
     
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  15. Ugly Sauce

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    110 grain bullet in a .308, for deer hunting, would be like putting a 150 cubic inch four-cylinder engine in a one ton truck. Just saying. Between now and hunting season I can't imagine not finding some 150's, either bullets or loaded rounds. (yeah, might not be able to buy food in the coming months!)
     
  16. wombat13

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    By the way, the member that has used the 80 gr TTSX in .243 is JimKirk. He has been very happy with it.
     
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    I haven’t used that exact bullet but this one just over 2k fps at time of impact is a solid performer. These are the ones made for the 300 blk, to work at the lower velocity’s.

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    Of the pigs I have shot with them (18 so far), the only ones that didn’t drop where they stood, we’re already running before I shot them.

    Found this.

     
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    You can over rotate 110 gr. bullets with 1:10
    ROT. Some times it hard to get tight groups.
    I prefer 150 gr for deer.
     
  19. Goosey

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    Worth a try. At super high speeds you can sometimes break off petals. I found this on another forum talking about this bullet in .30-06:

    "I shoot a lot of cull deer every year for West Texas ranchers and also guide hunters ... I loaded up the 110 grain TTSX at 3500 fps and went on a cull hunt. 100% bang/flops, 100% penetration and less meat damage than any of the other loads, irregardless of range/angle. I shot them close(50 yards) to far for me(250 yards), broadside, facing and angling away. Did not recover any bullets but internal destruction was devastating."
     
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    I do, when I can find them in .311 or .312. I like the idea of using lead free bullets. Haven't had a chance to shoot a deer with one.
     
  21. Aletheia

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    While I have never used that particular bullet, I have used a lot of bullets at one time or another, and my advice at this point is don't go hunting with a bullet that you have to go on a forum and find someone who will say it's OK. Use bullets for hunting that are genuine hunting bullets designed for the game you are after. If you like Barnes, there are good Barnes bullets designed for deer hunting in .308 diameter. Why would you not use one of those, and not have to 'worry" about any of this stuff?
     
  22. JimKirk

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    Yeah ...that is me ....I been just waiting until the right moment to expound ....
    Yes ....had very good performance with the 80 grain TTSX in .243Win ... multiple deer in the last few years ...

    This year ....I used the 80 grain TTSX in my .25/06 with great performance....

    Between my hunting partners and I... We have used the TTSX in the .243Win(80)@3400fps, .25/06(80)@3680fps, 7/08(120) @3150 fpsand .300WSM(110) @ 3800 fps ...
    All have accounted for many deer ... the 120 grain TTSX in the 7/08 would have been more impressive with the 110 grain, but dead is dead..

    I have helped load many deer off the .300WSM load .... just flat deadly ...

    The last deer killed this season fell to the 80 grain TTSX .243 Win at 286 yards ...deer never moved out his spot ... the last deer I killed was with the 80 grain TTSX in the .25/06 ...he made it about eight steps .... One of these were 170 pound bucks(.243) and the other 180+ .... so not talking small deer ...
     
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    Also have a couple fellow shooters working with the 100 grain TTSX in the 6.5 Creedmoor and .260 Rem... no deer yet ....

    Also my Son is working with the 95 & 110 grain TTSX in the .270 WSM ... again no deer ...
     
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  24. Scout21

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    Just to clarify, you use the 110 grain bullet in your .300WSM? Because if you do I don't think I'll have a problem with expansion when pushing the same bullet a measly 3000-3300 FPS.
     
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    Yes ....it has accounted for many deer some rather large bucks .... it is deadly.
     
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