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AccipiterAccipiter Posts: 898 Senior Member
I am interested in thoughts on the best “tough” bullets.  When the time comes for a very well constructed bullet, what is your go to technology.  Of the three types bonded, mono metal, or partitioned, which is your preferred type and why?  What are the advantages, and/or disadvantages of the different types?
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    320gr cast lead Maxi balls are the toughest bullets I ever used.

    Always figured I'd use Swift A-Frames if I wanted over kill in a center fire rifle. No experience though.

    The FMJ 40gr pills in CCI Maxi Mag 22 wmr are very tough. 
  • ZeeZee Posts: 28,184 Senior Member
    The toughest thing out there are going to be the mono-metals. Ive used them but, I don’t hunt anything that requires that level of tough. 

    I have and still use hard cast bullets. But don’t particularly like their terminal performance. They plow a hole with little fanfare and little blood. When I do use them, I aim for large bone structure to try and break the animal down. 

    Bonded is probably my preferred. Of those, the Speer Gold Dots (Deep Curl/Fusion) are my most oft used. 

    Not the most accurate and aerodynamic of the Bonded bullets. But, they aren’t expensive and they work. Holding together and penetrating with good, reliable expansion. 
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  • Johnny rebJohnny reb Posts: 715 Senior Member
    I like the CEB bullets real well. They have shot extremely well in various calibers for me. Terminal performance is great too. 
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    The monometal options are going to be the toughest.  I have gotten very good accuracy from Barnes in a few different chamberings, but cost is definitely a consideration.

    Bonded bullets are also very tough, however, some of them can be REALLY tough on meat (Nosler AccuBonds, in particular, put a pounding on some African game that I shot.)  I have read that this can be due to the nearly pure lead alloys in the cores of some bonded bullets resulting in hyper-expansion versus higher-antimony alloys used in other bullets, but can't confirm that in any way.

    I have actually seen some surprisingly stout cup-and-core options, too.  They won't be as tough as the monometals or bonded options, but smart jacket taper and a harder core ally works very well on stout game.  I used a 160 gr., 7mm Sierra GameKing hollow-point that blew me away with how well it held up after hitting a cow elk.  Clean, silver dollar-sized exit with no signs of fragementing.  
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  • HAWKENHAWKEN Posts: 1,720 Senior Member
    Don't forget two part bullets like Nosler Partition's and Swift "A" frame's
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