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Anybody using the 221 fireball for fall turkey? Was wondering what bullet you're using. Soft point? Hollow point? Grains? Been thinking a 40 or 45 grain soft point would be good without destroying too much meat.
 

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40gr ballistic tip with careful shot placement so as not to ruin meat. Or a 45gr tsx, meat damage is minimal. At .221 fireball velocities, soft points and ballistic tips make a fairly decent mess out of a turkey with body shots.
 

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Thanks Borden I thought maybe the TSX would not expand as rapidly. Had a 22 hornet but never shot one with it and some of the heavier bullets in the 221 are around hornet velocities with light bullets, or a little more.
 

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If you're on a budget, try the 52 gr Hornady HPBTM. The match bullet is pretty tough on the front end and should limit blow-up.

Also, remember............. the .221 gives Hornet velocities or a bit more in an XP-100 handgun. If you're using a rifle, you'll be running faster yet.
 

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My rifle is running the 40gr btip at 3550, the 45gr tsx at 3480. That's smoking the hornet. Of course, it could be loaded to replicate the hornet as well. All in what you want to do with it.
 
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