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#1921498 - 05/20/11 06:47 PM 85 Grain TSX 243
GLA.OR Offline
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Registered: 08/11/09
Posts: 529
Loc: Oregon
Anybody have any experience with this round on game. I tried these out of my savage 243 the other day and liked the way the performed. I have never used any non lead rounds and was wondering how they would perform on a deer or antelope size critter.
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#1921568 - 05/20/11 09:56 PM Re: 85 Grain TSX 243 [Re: GLA.OR]
utahsteve Offline
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Registered: 11/23/06
Posts: 87
Loc: Mountain West
I have used the 80 grain TTSX on mule deer and cow elk here in utah. Factory loaded by barnes. Been happy with the performance. I have not used this bullet on coyotes.


Edited by utahsteve (05/20/11 09:56 PM)

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#1921601 - 05/20/11 10:57 PM Re: 85 Grain TSX 243 [Re: utahsteve]
jlh321 Offline
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Registered: 12/21/10
Posts: 137
Loc: south dakota
They are act alot like a full metal jacket. Great penetration, little expansion, and you will have to do some tracking.

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#1921613 - 05/20/11 11:23 PM Re: 85 Grain TSX 243 [Re: jlh321]
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My experience with them, as well as the experiences of 2 good friends has been absolutely positive. This is with the .270 and .284 caliber bullets. They do not act like a fmj, most kills on elk and deer have been drt. I have some 80 gr ttsx that shoot very well in my 25 wssm that I plan to hunt with this year. I really like the tsx and ttsx, and have a hard time hunting big game with anything else anymore. I like knowing the bullet will do the job from any angle w/o blowing up or damaging a lot of meat.
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#1921668 - 05/21/11 01:48 AM Re: 85 Grain TSX 243 [Re: jlh321]
Tim Neitzke Offline
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Registered: 02/04/04
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Originally Posted By: jlh321
They are act alot like a full metal jacket. Great penetration, little expansion, and you will have to do some tracking.

You must be one of the few that feel this way. wink

I've tried the old Barnes X 85 gr and they worked GREAT. I've shot 62gr TSX in my .223AI and they work very good on bobcats,yotes and pigs. Deer in the future . They penetrate and EXPAND very well,no worries.

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#1921692 - 05/21/11 03:53 AM Re: 85 Grain TSX 243 [Re: Tim Neitzke]
calling4life Offline
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Registered: 09/06/09
Posts: 933
Loc: Circle Pines, MN
The Polymer Tipped Triple Shocks will expand quicker, I used the 110gr Tipped Triple shocks in my 270wsm, 3500fps, yes, even at 90-100 yards the bullet expanded and did quite well anchoring the dog thumbup

Your regular TSX may be a little more stubborn.

I may try the MRX in my 308, looks like an interesting round. Wish Federal had a 150gr version though, 180 is a bit much.

I know one thing, when I get the funds, this 308 is becoming a 243 cool

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#1921705 - 05/21/11 06:56 AM Re: 85 Grain TSX 243 [Re: calling4life]
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Posts: 529
Loc: Oregon
Thanks for the replies, sounds like I found my new favorite bullet.
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#1922005 - 05/21/11 07:36 PM Re: 85 Grain TSX 243 [Re: GLA.OR]
derbyacresbob Offline
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Registered: 04/05/07
Posts: 4591
Loc: Kern County, CA
The Barnes 80 gr Tipped TSXs have shot more accurate for us than the Barnes 85 gr TSX bullets did. Both of these Barnes bullets did not do much fur damage and they both drop coyotes in their tracks.
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#1922431 - 05/22/11 04:04 PM Re: 85 Grain TSX 243 [Re: jlh321]
LWILLIAMS Offline
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Registered: 12/21/05
Posts: 1274
Loc: Wyoming
Originally Posted By: jlh321
They are act alot like a full metal jacket. Great penetration, little expansion, and you will have to do some tracking.


Maybe some of the original barnes bullets did this and I guess the possibility is there for any bullet to act this way, but it is not what a lot of people are seeing. I have shot big mule deer as well as quite a few whitetails and never felt undergunned and no tracking involved to date. I guess proper bullet placement counts for something. This guy here didnt know he was hit with a 85gr TSX and not a Accubond, partition, (insert any good bullet brand here).
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#1922435 - 05/22/11 04:20 PM Re: 85 Grain TSX 243 [Re: LWILLIAMS]
2muchgun Offline
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Registered: 01/18/05
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That is a good looking buck.

I have shot deer with 85gr XLCs(blue bullets) aa well as 70gr TSXs and larger.

The newer bullets do tend to expand better, although many do punch right through. Dead deer has always been the end result, nonetheless.

Do you need such a tough bullet for deer? Absolutely not. But they will work reliably.

Have shot a couple doggies with 70gr TSXs. They do very little fur damage on yotes......
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#1922914 - 05/23/11 01:57 PM Re: 85 Grain TSX 243 [Re: 2muchgun]
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Registered: 11/06/03
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Loc: Colorado
I've been using Barnes since 1992, and have nothing but praise for on-game performance.

You will find that to be a great bullet in 243 for big game.
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#1923308 - 05/23/11 11:52 PM Re: 85 Grain TSX 243 [Re: LWILLIAMS]
jlh321 Offline
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Registered: 12/21/10
Posts: 137
Loc: south dakota
Originally Posted By: LWILLIAMS
Originally Posted By: jlh321
They are act alot like a full metal jacket. Great penetration, little expansion, and you will have to do some tracking.


Maybe some of the original barnes bullets did this and I guess the possibility is there for any bullet to act this way, but it is not what a lot of people are seeing. I have shot big mule deer as well as quite a few whitetails and never felt undergunned and no tracking involved to date. I guess proper bullet placement counts for something. This guy here didnt know he was hit with a 85gr TSX and not a Accubond, partition, (insert any good bullet brand here).


This deer didnt know if he was getting hit with a 85 tsx or a FMJ he was hit 5 times before he went down all bullets had small holes in and small holes out.

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#1923412 - 05/24/11 08:46 AM Re: 85 Grain TSX 243 [Re: jlh321]
coleridge Offline
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Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 2878
Loc: Central NC


That's a good one!!!


I can't add a whole lot to the thread with the latest TSX's. However, I shot several with the older X bullet. 120gr in 7mag. At 3400 fps, it was tearing the "pedals" off & punching small holes going out. The ones of today may be all "rainbows & unicorns" some people say??? I have always found our NC whitetails don't need ulta-penetration. About any hunting bullet on the marked will work. I'm sure any monolithic will result in a dead deer, regarless of how quick.
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#1923445 - 05/24/11 10:23 AM Re: 85 Grain TSX 243 [Re: coleridge]
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Registered: 02/29/08
Posts: 905
Loc: Arizona
This (100 TTSX .257)

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These (.308 168 TTSX')

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As well as one other coues, and 8 more animals in Africa.

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#1923458 - 05/24/11 10:55 AM Re: 85 Grain TSX 243 [Re: jlh321]
LWILLIAMS Offline
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Registered: 12/21/05
Posts: 1274
Loc: Wyoming

Like I said any bullet can fail, what distance was your deer shot at. The general concensus is that the bullets have improved alot since first coming out.

Originally Posted By: jlh321
Originally Posted By: LWILLIAMS
Originally Posted By: jlh321
They are act alot like a full metal jacket. Great penetration, little expansion, and you will have to do some tracking.


Maybe some of the original barnes bullets did this and I guess the possibility is there for any bullet to act this way, but it is not what a lot of people are seeing. I have shot big mule deer as well as quite a few whitetails and never felt undergunned and no tracking involved to date. I guess proper bullet placement counts for something. This guy here didnt know he was hit with a 85gr TSX and not a Accubond, partition, (insert any good bullet brand here).


This deer didnt know if he was getting hit with a 85 tsx or a FMJ he was hit 5 times before he went down all bullets had small holes in and small holes out.
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