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#210484 - 04/22/21 10:24 PM Re: Cape Buffalo Bullet [Re: Franchise]
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You mean there are bullets that work that don't cost 2 or 3 each?

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#210485 - 04/22/21 10:46 PM Re: Cape Buffalo Bullet [Re: jwp475]
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some of the best ones are very inexpensive and have been around for many, many years
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#210486 - 04/22/21 11:01 PM Re: Cape Buffalo Bullet [Re: Franchise]
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I remember that it was so refreshing to see a handgunner take TWO Cape buff with his 454 using 300gr XTP`s a few years ago. I also remember shooting a Florida water buff using a 400gr XTP from my 475 and watching the reaction of the buff after the shot. It was as if it touched a live electric wire with its body completely shaking till it dropped... guess I should have used a Swift
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#210487 - 04/23/21 08:51 PM Re: Cape Buffalo Bullet [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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 Originally Posted By: jamesfromjersey
... It was as if it touched a live electric wire with its body completely shaking till it dropped... guess I should have used a Swift


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#210488 - 04/23/21 09:02 PM Re: Cape Buffalo Bullet [Re: Vance in AK.]
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OK, you guys stgarted this...
I have some Speer DeepCurls for my 480 Ruger in 325.gr. I have been keeping my eyes open for more but no luck. Do they still make the 400gr? Speer lists them but I also can't find them.

A year or two ago I kept getting told the Speer might work on moose & brown bear but I'd be better off with a "premium bullet".
Has anyone had a poor experience from the DeepCurl soft points in the large calibers on heavy critters?
I ordered some Penn Thunderheads in 420 a couple months ago but no word on them.
My one experience with heavy hardcast bullets on game was 410gr from a 450 Marlin Carbine at 1900+fps & I was underwhelmed so I'm thinking that long term I would like to try expanding.
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#210489 - 04/23/21 10:28 PM Re: Cape Buffalo Bullet [Re: Vance in AK.]
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Speer no longer makes the 400 gr .475 Deep Curls. To be 100 percent honest, the 480 Ruger and 475 Linebaugh really don't produce enough velocity to get the 400 gr Speers to expand. You need at least 1,600 fps to get decent expansion. My 475/350 Mag Competitor can make those bullets expand to catalog quality perfection. The 475 Maximum, 475 JDJ, and 475/500 JDJ should produce similar results.
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#210490 - 04/23/21 10:31 PM Re: Cape Buffalo Bullet [Re: Franchise]
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You'd be exceptionally pleased with Woodleigh Weldcore bullets out of your 450 Narlin....another often overlooked option is the 480 gr Hornady DGX bonded...I have never been impressed with cast bullets, but some guys love them.
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#210491 - 04/23/21 11:17 PM Re: Cape Buffalo Bullet [Re: Franchise]
Vance in AK.
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 Originally Posted By: Franchise
Speer no longer makes the 400 gr .475 Deep Curls. To be 100 percent honest, the 480 Ruger and 475 Linebaugh really don't produce enough velocity to get the 400 gr Speers to expand. You need at least 1,600 fps to get decent expansion. My 475/350 Mag Competitor can make those bullets expand to catalog quality perfection. The 475 Maximum, 475 JDJ, and 475/500 JDJ should produce similar results.


Ok, that's what I thought on 400gr production, but I looked this morning on their web-site & they still list it (although unavailable).
Any experience with the 325gr?
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#210492 - 04/23/21 11:27 PM Re: Cape Buffalo Bullet [Re: Franchise]
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 Originally Posted By: Franchise
You'd be exceptionally pleased with Woodleigh Weldcore bullets out of your 450 Narlin....another often overlooked option is the 480 gr Hornady DGX bonded...I have never been impressed with cast bullets, but some guys love them.


Yeah... The moose died so I guess all was well but multiple shots in the lungs at under 100yds. Could have covered them all with a spread hand. He just kept going till I got in a high shoulder/spine shot. My partner thought I was missing.
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#210493 - 04/23/21 11:45 PM Re: Cape Buffalo Bullet [Re: Vance in AK.]
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I've had very similar cast bullet results and I don't use them...ever.
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