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Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Warren, Pa - Clarion Co. Camp
Re: 30 caliber 180 gr. round nose core lokt
I load RN for a few reasons. #1 in my 257(short action) I have to push 'pointy' bullets so far into the neck that it's almost not worth even reloading. I'm .1" + off the lands and it's a bugger to get to shoot accurately. #2 is quite simple: I don't need the ballistic advantage of anything with a pointed profile. My shots at deer are almost always well under 100 yards....most are 40 and under. I'm quite confident I can get the job done out to 200 yards with a RN anyway. #3 they expand faster and usually cause a more catastrophic impact. I like this for close range, thick stuff...I'm breaking bones and I want that deer DRT.
Not that there's anything wrong with other bullet profiles either. I just don't realize the benefits of them at the ranges I tend to hunt. Bonded bullets aren't really necessary for deer from standard calibers so I don't see the point(no pun intended) in spending the money on them.
Just my reasons.
Oh, one more....more contact in the bore due to longer section of bullet at diameter. This usually leads to greater accuracy, at least out to the 150-200 yard mark. Then it goes down hill due to ballistics of the RN profile/air/et al.
You really under estimated the ramifications of the boondoggle you have just perpetrated!