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Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Warren, Pa - Clarion Co. Camp
Re: American Whitetail Ammo
I have no experience with the loaded ammo, but lots of experience with Hornady Interlocks. It's a fine 'standard' bullet....very similar to a Rem. Core-Lokt in design. For deer out of my 257 (117gr RN) I've only had one come apart and it was due to circumstances: front chest shot on a 2.5yo buck, bullet entered just off center, smashed 3 or 4 of the heavy front ribs and came to rest just under the shoulder. The jacket stopped 2-3" before the lead core did. Jacket was peeled back to the interlock ring. Velocity was around 2800fps at the muzzle and the deer was at about 40 yards, maybe a little less. That was the only time I've had one separate. I don't often recover them or many fragments of them.
I don't know the cost difference and I think I recall you're shooting a 243. Either way, you can also look into the Federal Fusion line. They're pretty inexpensive in most calibers and the bullets are bonded. I'm shooting them in my 280 until I get around to working up a load for it.
My buddy shoots and likes the performance and accuracy of the Hornady Superformance stuff in his 243, but I personally think it's a waste to be shooting ballistic tips at deer in the tight quarters we hunt in.
You really under estimated the ramifications of the boondoggle you have just perpetrated!