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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-13-2017, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone tried the Hornady GMX bullets

I am about to buy some 30cal 165gr GMX bullets and try them in my 30-06s. Has anyone got any good or bad experience with them that they can share? I usually shoot 165gr loads in my 30-06 and I wonder if I should drop down to 150gr GMX bullets due to the fact without a lead core these bullets are longer for their weight. I see users reporting higher pressures on these solid core bullets compared to lead core bullets.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-13-2017, 03:15 PM
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I have not, but that was a complaint with the original Barnes all-copper bullets. Due to the density difference in materials, Barnes bullets had to have a longer bearing surface compare to traditional cup-n-core. What's why they went to the banded "grooves" to solve that. Honestly a deer will care not if it is 150-gr or 165-gr.

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The only Hornady products I use are muzzleloading ballets.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-14-2017, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Looks like the 150gr bullets are going to get a try

I will buy a box and see how the rifles like them. Not that lead in the meat is a major issue but with a non lead bullet that will be eliminated. I don't use max loads so hopefully the pressures will still be reasonable.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-26-2017, 03:57 PM
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I stoned 3 white tail this season outside Buffalo,NY with Hornady 168gr, .308 GMX bullets. 1st deer @ 100yds broke backbone behind rib cage and dropped straight down. No exit wound. 2nd deer @ 140yds w/ chest behind trees forcing back qtr placement, jumped - walked 10 steps and dropped. Exit wound about 1.5" dia but couldn't find bullet due to leaves. 3rd deer @ 175yds, again back qtr placement for same reasons, 5-10 steps and dropped. Same size exit wond but this time snow allowed me to Dick Tracy ( recover ) the bullet showing perfect full open pedals like pretty pic's in magazines. The internal hydraulic shock damage was that of horror movies, incredible. I will use no other ammo in the future.
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