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Gentlemen
 
Im looking for a target bullett to match my hunting bullett. What I mean is that I have 6.5x55 swedish and have used 120 grain Nosler ballistic tip bullett for hunting. That has given me good results and Im getting pretty confident with the ballistic nature of that bullett.
Now I want to buy a "non expandable" target bullett for practice that has very similar flight path as my hunting bullett. I was thinking Lapua Scenar 123 grain might be a possibility.
 
Do you think these two bullets are a good (similar) pair or do you know of another bullett combo that is more perfect?
 
Thank you.
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Originally posted by shooter4 shooter4 wrote:

Gentlemen
 
Im looking for a target bullett to match my hunting bullett. What I mean is that I have 6.5x55 swedish and have used 120 grain Nosler ballistic tip bullett for hunting. That has given me good results and Im getting pretty confident with the ballistic nature of that bullett.
Now I want to buy a "non expandable" target bullett for practice that has very similar flight path as my hunting bullett. I was thinking Lapua Scenar 123 grain might be a possibility.
 
Do you think these two bullets are a good (similar) pair or do you know of another bullett combo that is more perfect?
 
Thank you.
 That should be pretty close.
 The single most important factor you should be looking for is going to be Ballistic Coefficient.
 Start digging.
 Find one that has as similar a BC as possible to your Ballistic Tips, run it the same muzzle velocity and your real-world long-distance results should be quite comparable.
Not really quite as perfect as it sounds, though.
 Why does your target bullet have to be non'expanding? Range rules? If not, just stick with the Ballistic Tips, they are probably about as accurate as many target bullets...
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It might take some time but you may be able to go through the various bullets of that caliber that are close in weight in the JBM Ballistics library.
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For my Tikka 6.5x55 I use 140g Sierra Gamekings.  I found that the 142g Matchkings match the point of impact in this gun.  But I guess you will have to see what works in your gun.  I use Sierra bullets in most situations and find that accuracy is always great with them in my guns. 
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Part of the issue is even if you find one that shows similar trajectory numbers, it may not hit to the same POI as your hunting bullet.  

In my .30-06, I've found 175gr SMKs to go to the same POI as 180gr Partitions when loaded over 57grs of H4350 in Winchester cases, and WLR primers.  I've shot them side by side out to 300 yards, with little to no difference between the two.

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Hornady may have an alternative for you. Their trio of SST/Interbond/A-Max bullets almost meet your requirements.
You wanted a non-expanding target bullet and the SST's expand, but they are very accurate and inexpensive for target practice and print exceedingly close to the Accubonds.
The SSTs are a hunting bullet, but with different terminal performance than the tougher Accubonds.
A-Max bullets have about the best BC out there, but I've not used them (yet), so can't comment on their performance vis-a-vis the other two bullets mentioned.
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"Topic: Wanted hunting and target bullet that fly the same"

Yeah.  I think it's safe to say we all want that.


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Originally posted by BillyWayne BillyWayne wrote:

For my Tikka 6.5x55 I use 140g Sierra Gamekings.  I found that the 142g Matchkings match the point of impact in this gun.  But I guess you will have to see what works in your gun.  I use Sierra bullets in most situations and find that accuracy is always great with them in my guns. 

dude you read my mind before i even saw your post! i agree with you totally, ive seen similar results with most sierra bullets.
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Some of the  Berger VLD's will fit both requirements more than adequately.  However, they do have specialized bullets for target and hunting. 

There are a number of factors involved in determining "proper hunting bullets" vs "proper target bullets".  Numerous books have been written on each subject.  Opinions fly...
One of the most well researched and edited books for hunters is "Rifle Bullets for the Hunter" by John Barsness, Craig Boddington, Dave Campbell, John Haviland, Richard Mann, Ron Spomer, and Bryce Towsley.  It is a masterly work that, at least, gives hard data for hunters. 

Of course some hunting bullets are not well suited for target shooting and vice versa.  Some of the Berger VLD's will meet both needs and others are coming out all the time from other companies.  As with anything that has a market, the market base seeks improvement which implies constant change.  Continuous research is the only way to keep up.  

A bullet design optimized for targets will generally not be optimized for hunting, though it may serve the purpose.  Many variables to consider.  Some hunting bullets are capable of very high accuracy at extreme ranges.  Doesn't mean a target bullet would not provide better accuracy, but may not provide the same "kill factor"...
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