Originally Posted by dhom
Anyone ever experimented with a Barnes 130grain TTSX at high velocity? A few articles I have read suggest this could be a great performer on deer size game.
I tried the 130 TTSX in my .300 a few years ago. The ballistics to 300 yards were impressive but it gives up a lot after that. I killed a NICE coastal blacktail 3 X 4 at a ranged 326 yards. The shot was rear quartering, I just aimed for hair and cut loose. The bullet hit the fifth rib back, transited the body cavity and blew out the off shoulder. Everything in between was pudding. My rifle would not group better than about 3/4" and I was concerned about barrel life so went back to the 168 gr. TTSX.
I have quite a bit of experience with both the .300 win mag and the .300 wsm. Shooting over a chronograph proved to me that the wsm is NOT a .300 win mag and you probably will never make it into one. That's okay; it's a good cartridge, but don't confuse it with the win mag. There IS a possibility of getting win mag velocity out of it with some bullets using the new Hodgdon Superformance powder but have not yet put any downrange. There are limitations in bullet weight to consider as well.
The PERFECT .30 caliber IMO is the .300 Weatherby mag. It's another step above the win mag but below the Ultra mag. About 150-200 fps better across the board and pretty impressive groups in the Vanguard I've shot. I will say that I'm glad it has a 'brake on it though.