I haven't tried the Barnes TSX or Hornady GMX, but I do use the Barnes Expander bullets in my muzzleloader. Those things really do expand like you see in the pictures and they have nearly 100% weight retention. Great bullets.
No. I use several solvents, but the most aggressive - that cleans out everything - is Sweet's 7.62. If you use it, be sure not to leave it in your barrel longer than directed, wipe it it all out and BE SURE to run a swab with a little oil on it through your barrel when you are through cleaning.onehorse, any problems with copper fouling with the Barnes?
I use 150 gr. TTSX bullets in my 300 SWM for deer and elk, and that's plenty coming out of this gun at a little over 3000 FPS. All the copper bullets are noted for extreme penetration, so you don't need the weight to achieve that. Also, I like the idea of a faster bullet. I believe the 165 grainers would be great, but, honestly, I don't think the 180 gr. will give any better performance.Did you stay with the same weight bullet in the solid alloy bullets or did you go down one weight size? I personally use 165gr in 30 cal in my 30-06s. Should I then plan on going down to 150gr bullets in 30 cal for my 30-06s if I was looking for a similar length bullet with similar performance on game?
The copper only bullets are copper on the outside just like copper jacketed bullets.Can you get the bore clean with just a brass brush with Hoppes Number 9? I would rather not have to switch over to the aggressive high tech cleaners. They will supposedly keep attacking until neutralized. I would guess that is a very easy way to ruin a good barrel. What do you guys use?