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Congrats Wired2track. Those are very nice deer! We switched over to Barnes bullets last year and really like them so far. My wife killed 2 big Canadian bucks with them. I was hoping to recover the bullets to see what they looked like but both of them passed completely through the deer - one quartering to and the other quartering away. Excellent terminal performance though. They both went down within 25 yards.

Last year she used the TMZ-290 grain bullet with the standard blue sabot in her Traditions muzzy with 100 grains of BH209. This year she used a 250 grain Barnes MZ Expander with a Harvester black Crush Rib sabot and the same powder charge in my T/C Pro Hunter. Both loads were very accurate at 100 yards and they both did the job on big deer.
I shoot t-ez as did Sal and a couple a buddies I helped get set up shot them.or.tmz...When dad was alive he shot 300 Expanders.... The t ez and TMZ do a helluva job but at least IME the expanders are just pure carnage on Whitetails.... There was a bigger exit and also.more blood loss I'd that's possible...
 
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I have tried a lot of bullet, sabot, powder and primer combinations over the years...

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These are what are working the best in our rifles these days. Elaine has a Traditions Vortek and I have a T/C Pro Hunter
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I weigh all my powder charges for more consistency ...
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100 Yard target - sub MOA accuracy...
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and pretty devastating terminal performance...
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Shot the 250 grain mz a bit from a optima v2 pistol with 50 to 60 gr blk hrn 209. Still Expand pretty good at lower velocities.
Somebody should know isn't the expander based on the original xpb pistol bullet
 
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