.264' polymer-tipped varmint bullets

Discussion in 'Varminter & Hunting Forum' started by ghermitage, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. ghermitage

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    If anyone works at one of the bullet manufacturers or has contacts there, when the conversation gets around to what polymer-tipped varmint bullets to introduce next, perhaps raise the possibility of a greater range of these for the .264" bore. The only one I know of is the Hornady 95gr VMax, and it would be nice if there was more choice of weights when searching for the best load for a given gun. 110gr might be the right weight point. Those who use their 6.5mms for varmint and game might prefer a 120gr so they could shoot the same profile and weight bullets for varmint and game i.e. have a 120gr varmint bullet and a 120gr hunting bullet, both polymer tipped and have the same profile. Either 110gr or 120gr would be dandy, but I would try the 110gr first.

    I will be using the 6.5x47 Lapua for varminting, reasoning being:
    ,1) The barrel life is claimed by Lapua to be better than 6mmBR which itself is said to be better than 3000 rounds.
    ,2) It is said to give little or nothing away in the velocity stakes to 260 Rem. With light/medium weight varmint bullets and barrels less than 28", perhaps there is nothing in the velocity difference at all. The more efficient cartridge will develop its potential in a shorter barrel.
    ,3) Kinetic energy of the 95gr VMax at 600yds is still quite useful. I am figuring it has the KE to take foxes cleanly at 800 yds.
    ,4) It is suitable for magazine feeding.
    ,5) Converting my Rem 700 22-250 to this cartridge is straightforward.
    ,6) To the extent that the case design influences accuracy, its long range benchrest origins count in its favour.
     
  2. M700

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    Nosler offers their excellent ballistic tip in 100 and 120 grain weights in the .264 diameter.

    I've had great results in the field with Nosler Ballistic Tip bullets in 6mm, 7mm, and .30 caliber. Good accuracy and good for hunting.

    Hornady has several: 129 gr SST, 140 gr SST, 140 gr AMax.

    Looks like there are quite a few different .264 cal plastic-tipped hunting bullets avail these days. I wish you well with your project rifle - should be an interesting one! Regards, Guy
     
  3. ghermitage

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    I believe that all the bullets you mention are for game not varmints. The polymer-tipped bullets intended for game will behave quite differently on impact than polymer-tipped bullets intended for varmints i.e. it is not the polymer tip itself that makes a bullet a varmint bullet. It is polymer-tipped varmint bullets I am looking for here.

    I have heard of people using AMax for varmints, but was looking for more moderate weights. It would still be interesting to hear of AMax performance on impact on varmints.
     
  4. M700

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    You're right - I forgot you were discussing varmints.

    Sorry 'bout that. It's the season... I'm thinking game! Headed out for mule deer in less than an hour... I'll start thinking about varmints sometime next spring! :)

    BTW - those V-max Hornady's sure do blow up nice... Those and the A-max bullets are quite accurate. Gotta go - thinking mule deer right now!

    Regards, Guy
     

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