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copper bullets

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Anyone use the Federal shells with the Barnes copper bullet this past season? And how did they work for you?

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are you talking rifle (Triple Shock X-bullets or TSXs)? Or shotgun (Expanders)? I used them both actually. Awesome. Accurate and awesome.

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I have been using Barnes x series bullets (hand loads) in my .338 win mag, and .338/06 for the last decade.

Simply fantastic performance. These bullets have taken 4 elk, and over a dozen deer since then. All one shot kills.

The X bullets have been replaced by the TSX, but performance is not changed.

Both guns shoot the same 210 grain bullet. I have recoverd two of them, and they both still weighed 210 grains, even though they opened up to about .50 cal. One went through both shoulder blades of a buck, lodging in the skin on the far side. Other one went through the front chest of a buck, breaking bone on the way in, breaking ribs on the way out, and lodging in a back knee. Both recovered bullets look like they came from a magazine ad.

The .338 gets one inch or better grouping at 100 yards, the .338/06 does 1.25 to 1.5 inch groups.

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I have used the TSX for 5 or 6 years in my 300 WSM and love them.

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No problems from our party. Three very dead deer including my personal best 10pt (156 green). Not 1 went more than 30 yards and two of them dropped in their tracks. This is our first year shooting Barnes and had no issues. All ours were hand loads though.

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I think Barnes has great bullets. Last year I used factory loaded TSX to kill one deer and hand loads on the other deer. Both were pass-through shots through shoulder bone and I could see where the bullets entered the ground. I also used Barnes TTSX in Wyoming for a Mule deer. They are expensive factory loads $40-$45 per box. I can had load for about $17 if I reuse the brass.

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