I was about to say the same thing. Funny how a bad reputation follows a bullet for 30+ years despite volumes of evidence to the contrary proving the redesign was successful. The shooting/hunting community sure can carry a grudge. But then again there's people who wont take Tylenol cuz it has poison in it.I run into a substantial amount of people that refuse to use BT's to this day because of the bad experiences with the early ones, and hear the stories regularly. In many cases it wasn't because of lost deer, but rather carrying it out in virtually 2 pieces. The older ones are/were explosive. They were changed into the good bullets they are today out of necessity. I always make sure to relay that they are not like the old ones and are a good design today if used within their intended speeds, but with some people I can see they aren't convinced.
I remembered using the 7mm 140 BT in the late 90's, and once the bullet blew up on a quarter shot in the center brisket angled towards the boiler room from a 7 STW ( 3400 fps ) on an impala, I never made quarter shots ever again with this bullet.Dan,
The newer BTs hold up to higher impact velocities. If it were me, I would use the newer bullets for load development and hunting and use the older version for target practice.
I was about to say the same thing. Funny how a bad reputation follows a bullet for 30+ years despite volumes of evidence to the contrary proving the redesign was successful. The shooting/hunting community sure can carry a grudge. But then again there's people who wont take Tylenol cuz it has poison in it.
Back in the day 90's way deep within the industry Nosler said a lot.I was told by Nosler the 180gr .30 Ballistic Tips and larger were all beefed up for use on elk and larger animals. I cut many of them apart and found that to be true. The shank on those are about 3 times thicker. I think I actually posted pictures of those on here years ago. We shot tons of the old 150gr Ballistic Tips on rockchucks and they were explosive at 3500-3600fps, even at 600+yds. When they later beefed up the whole line up we stopped shooting them for rockchucks. I believe it was around the time they switched from 100 round boxes to 50 round boxes and jacked the prices way up. A buddy of mine shot a spike bull elk with one of the early 130 Ballistic Tip out of a .270 Win. He hit it in the heart, but just barely since it blew up on impact. You could of stuck your fist through the entrance hole.
Nosler actually made the Solid Base bullets along side the Ballistic Tips for several years before they discontinued them. Many people preferred the Solid Base performance and I believe that is because the tips on the Ballistic Tips caused a much more aggressive expansion compared to the soft lead tip.