Federal trophy copper-experience?

Hunthigh1

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I'm shooting a 30.06 and considering switching to a non lead bullet. I have always had success with old school Remington core lokts but lately they always have the tips beat up and flattened when I purchase. It annoys me and can't be helping bullet flight.

Anyone with actual experience on game? I will be shooting the 180 grain if I switch. I never shoot past 350yards. Will this bullet expand enough is my biggest concern.


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Pro953

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Not experienced with trophy copper but here in CA we are pretty much non lead across the board now. I have had good luck with the Barns Vor-tx. I have not taken a 350yrd shot with them but everything under 200 has offered great expansion for my .270 for deer and pigs. I have tried some Hornady GMX at the range. They shoot well but have not used them on game yet so cannot speak to expansion.


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Elkfitness

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I'ved used them a bit as I use lead frees for hunting. I've had good luck on a deer and an elk. Not at real long ranch though, 400 yds on a deer and 80yds on an elk. I would go down in weight though. You wount lose An weight and the velocity helps with expansion. I shoot 165/168's in both 30-06 and 300 win mag.
 

rileybassman

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I have used barnes in 30-06 in 180s 168s 150s and 130s. All kill well. I shoot the 168s for everything now... i would prolly use the 130s for antelope as they are screaming above 3300 fps and very accurate. Never recovered a bullet, never lost a critter.

General rule of thumb is drop a weight class and push harder for same game. They retain 99% weight, so perform like a heavier bullet... 150s and 160s act more like a 180 cup and core.

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khmplus

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I’ve used 130 grain Trophy Copper bullets in my 270WSM for a couple years now and have harvested three bucks. Last year I shot a 5x5 mule deer at 150 yards, hit him in the front shoulder. I could hear an audible “whack” as it dropped in its tracks. The bullet did a lot of damage on its way through the other side, cracking the opposite shoulder blade upon exit. Also last year on a fork horn whitetail, the hit was near the heart, a large blood trail went to the deer which hopped 30 yards and then dropped. This year, I was fortunate to hit a 12 point 210 pound (dressed) whitetail running at 75 yards, slightly quartering away. The deer ran 40 yards and then piled up in a thicket. The bullet make a large wound upon entry into the lower abdomen and ended up under the hide on the opposite side front, just below the neck. See the attached picture of the retrieved bullet, expansion was perfect, a nice 3/4 inch mushroom with near 100% weight retention. In my opinion, Trophy Copper is a great bullet. View attachment 81889
 
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