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Grand Slam, Accubond, CT Partition Gold

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by shaggy430, Jun 25, 2009.

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  1. shaggy430

    shaggy430 Member

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    Of the three, assuming accuracy is identical for each, which do you think would be best for elk? All 160 grain out of 7mm Rem Mag.

    I have an excellent load worked up for the Grand Slam already that shoots .5 MOA. I have unloaded components for the other 2 bullets. The rifle is a tack-driver so I don't forsee any problems gettting similar accuracy out of the Accubonds or the Partition Golds.
     
  2. BFE

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    All are capible of killing a elk so shoot which ever one you like the best.
     
  3. Smokey Joe

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    Do your part...

    and the elk will not be criticizing your bullet choice. Any of the 3 will work. Have not tried CT Partition Golds myself. My own preference is for Accubonds, and I have not had good accuracy with Grand Slams, but your results in YOUR rifle may be quite different.

    As always, perfect shot placement trumps shooting the perfect bullet.

    Load 'em up and git out there and practice.
     
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  4. Vern Humphrey

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    If it ain't broken, don't fix it.
     
  5. interlock

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    grand slam

    i am with vern on this!
     
  6. waffentomas

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    I use the CT Partition Gold bullet in my 7mm mag for elk (it's actually my son's rifle - I use a .308 and just handload for him). These are getting very tough to find, however, and I have a good supply of Fail Safes for it as a back-up. I like the golds because they have a little less lead up front than the partitions, and have given great penetration. Through and through wounds are the norm with these guys. Two of the 7mm mags at camp are using these and they are dropping elk pretty quick.

    Grand Salami would be 2nd choice, by default, because... Accubonds haven't given the performance we'd like (I use "we" because everybody at elk camp uses a 7mm mag but me, so we have a decent amount of "data" and some good ole stupid 'which bullet is best' arguments). The bigger bulls, in a couple of instances, have only been wounded and were able to go a ways, or required a second or third shot. We had a cow, who we thought took a good hit with one, run off - we never found her...tracked her for the rest of the day but lost the trail near dusk and couldn't pick it up the next morning. Makes me sick every time I think about it.

    You didn't mention Barnes, which, given the drying up of the CT bullets, some of the guys are starting use these, with good results. They really do seem to work well, but also seem to trash a lot of meat. Dead is dead, though.

    I'd think the GS would be a fine bullet for elk. No experience with it, but I'd use it.

    Tom
     
  7. federalfarmer

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    :evil:+1 Vern - If it works now go practise for that shot on a 400+ monster!
     
  8. Vern Humphrey

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    Most of the 400+ yard shots I've seen that were actually paced off had shrunk to something between 150 and 250 yards.:D
     
  9. shaggy430

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    Thanks guys. I'm going to work up a load with the Partition Golds. If I can get an accurate one I'll use them. Otherwise I'll stick to the Grand Slams.
     
  10. shaggy430

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    Here's a update: I went with the Grand Slams and tested them in some phone books. I tested two and the recovered bullets were 115 and 130 grains respectively. Both were textbook mushrooms and were mushroomed back to the cannelure. I'm very impressed and will be using these for the hunt.

    I'll hopefully post some elk pictures this fall.
     
  11. H&Hhunter

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    The Grand Slam is a great bullet. As are the other two you mentioned.
     
  12. exbiologist

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    Don't mess with a half inch load, or half inch gun. Grand Slams were considered premium for a long time, but kind of fell out favor with all the new stuff out there. I wouldn't hesitate to use them. And it's not like you're considering a marginal load, 160 gr 7mm bullets are tough to argue against.
     
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