Help me choose bullet for Mule Deer and Elk

Bezamaelee

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I’ve narrowed my 7MM mag hunting bullet choice down to Trophy bonded tip and Barnes TSX Both in 160 grain. Both federal premium factory.

Both group well and hit the same to 500 yards out of my Tikka. Wondering which one I should carry this fall for mule deer elk.
 

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I will be the odd man out and actually respond based on the information in the OP's post. I'd prefer the Trophy bonded tip ever so slightly. I doubt either would disappoint if you do your part. I know either all copper or highly frangible match type bullets are currently popular, but the trophy bonded tipped will probably provide very good service on elk up close and expand a little better on mule deer or a longer shot beyond 300 yards as you implied with the 500 yard limit.
I only say probably because my experience with it is smaller than Accubonds or Partitions 2 moose and 3 black bears I was on hand to witness and 1 whitetail myself for the trophy bonded tipped all the 160 from a 7mm Rem Mag. No complaints, but I'm going back to my old standbys.
 
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Bezamaelee

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I will be the odd man out and actually respond based on the information in the OP's post. I'd prefer the Trophy bonded tip ever so slightly. I doubt either would disappoint if you do your part. I know either all copper or highly frangible match type bullets are currently popular, but the trophy bonded tipped will probably provide very good service on elk up close and expand a little better on mule deer or a longer shot beyond 300 yards as you implied with the 500 yard limit.
I only say probably because my experience with it is smaller than Accubonds or Partitions 2 moose and 3 black bears I was on hand to witness and 1 whitetail myself for the trophy bonded tipped all the 160 from a 7mm Rem Mag. No complaints, but I'm going back to my old standbys.
Thanks. Super helpful. I really do appreciate all of the recommendations from other guys on other brands/loads, as I always like to hear what guys are using. That said, I really did want info in the two rounds I mentioned, as I have plenty of each and have tested each. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Jim and I think alike. Both VG bullets. I would just make sure that TSX has plenty of velocity to 500. Depending on the environmental details, it may be below 2,000 FPS, which would be where I’d begin to be concerned. If you said TTSX or LRX, it would be less of a concern. I always want more velocity with a HP mono bullet.
 
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Bezamaelee

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Jim and I think alike. Both VG bullets. I would just make sure that TSX has plenty of velocity to 500. Depending on the environmental details, it may be below 2,000 FPS, which would be where I’d begin to be concerned. If you said TTSX or LRX, it would be less of a concern. I always want more velocity with a HP mono bullet.
Shoot I didnt even realize that. Thanks for explaining that. I guess that’s why I got recommendations for the LRX from a couple of guys here. Should the LRX perform well inside of 200 yards?
 

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I hunted with a guide in TX who guided whitetail along with exotics including Orinx in the south, mule deer, Audads, and elk in west TX. He even guided Brown Bear and moose in the Alaskan peninsula every yr. He has his clients shoot Barnes TTSX out of all of his loaner guns, which were his personal guns. All of his rifles were custom built. Whether it was his 243 or his 7mm stw he used TTSX.

I shot a nice deer opening day with my bow, and didn’t have a rifle with me, but he invited me to go with one of his assistant guides on a “meat hunt”. We went and shot several does a piece and several hogs to fill the fridges at the orphanages across the border. We were sniping them off of a high hill at about 3-400yds with a 7stw and a 243. Every deer and all but one hog was drt. I was very surprised at what that little 243 bullet in the TTSX would do. I’d never heard of a 7stw before that hunt. He’s a bad dude. I


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between the TTSX and the trophy bonded tipped, I’d shoot whichever is more accurate in your rifle. Drill shoulders and wreck em!
 

Kickstep

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I think they’re both good choices. If they’re both accurate, and maintain 2000 FPS velocity to your max hunting range, I’d go with the cheaper option and buy at least a couple boxes.
 

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I had a similar question not long ago and Form told me that the TBT is one of the best designed bullets in the 500 yard range.
 

Fartrell Cluggins

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Conceptually I really like the TBT. Seems to be a best of both worlds kind of bullet like the Partition.
 

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If you're using a monolithic copper, make sure that the bullet still has a lot of velocity when it hits. Copper will always give you good penetrations, but in order to expand to a large diameter, monolithics need more velocity than a lead bullet would....probably at least 2500 FPS.
 
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