Barnes TTSX – .308″ – 130gr – Bullet test

THE BULLET

  • Bullet : Barnes TTSX 130gr (8,42g)
  • Ballistic Coefficient (G1) : 0.350
  • Lenght (measured) : 1,172″ / 29,77mm
  • Weight (measured) : 130,16gr (8,43g)
  • Material : Copper
  • Part # : 30364
  • Manufacturer : Barnes Bullets, LLC, USA

EXPANSION

Tested by reloading bullets to .308″ Winchester. If muzzle velocity is 3068 fps – 935 m/s, the slower velocity of 2477 fps – 755 m/s simulates the impact at the distance of 224 yards – 205 meters.

IMPACT VELOCITYMAX WIDTHRETAINED WEIGHT
3068 fps – 935 m/s0,62″ – 15,72mm129,44gr – 99,4%
2477 fps – 755 m/s0,54″ – 13,75mm129,18gr – 99,2%

WOUND CHANNELS & PENETRATION

Test targets were the wet newspapers.

IMPACT VELOCITYPENETRATION
3068 fps – 935 m/s17,72″ – 45cm
2477 fps – 755 m/s21,65″ – 55cm

SUMMA SUMMARUM

Light 30cal bullet, that is made for high velocity impacts!

Every now and then you see light 30cal bullets that are made for small 30cal cartridges and for their slow impact velocities. Usually those kind of bullets cannot handle the higher velocity impacts, without breaking up. Barnes Tipped-TSX .308″ 130gr bullets are not like those!

If you have a 308win or 30-06 Springfield rifle and you want to achieve really high velocities with the non-lead hunting bullet, for example to establish the shorter leads for the shooting, at the fast situations of the driven hunting. This bullet might be a really good choice for that!

This small 130 grain bullet handled the higher velocity impact (3068 fps – 935 m/s) without losing a single petal, but it still opened nicely with the lower (2477 fps – 755 m/s) velocity! With the higher impact velocity, the bullet opened almost to the end of the expansion chamber and it might be able handle even little higher impact velocity than what we had on this test. The overall lenght of the expanded bullet is reasonable short compared to the width, which will give the good directional stability for the bullet during the penetration.

A great bullet choice for example to a white-tailed deer driven hunting or a hunting where you need that extra punch to drop your target down with the high velocity impact.

Easy to recommend!

Sincerely yours – The Hard-Hitting Shooting Lab

Federal Edge TLR – .308″ – 175gr – Bullet test

THE BULLET

  • Bullet : Federal Edge TLR 175gr (11,34g)
  • Ballistic Coefficient (G1) : 0.536
  • Lenght (measured) : 1,457″ / 37,00mm
  • Weight (measured) : 175,46gr (11,37g)
  • Material : Lead
  • Part # : PB308ETLR1
  • Manufacturer : Federal Premium Ammunition, USA

EXPANSION

Tested by reloading bullets to .308″ Winchester. If muzzle velocity is 2625 fps – 800 m/s, the slower velocity of 2001 fps – 610 m/s simulates the impact at the distance of 403 yards – 369 meters.

IMPACT VELOCITYMAX WIDTHRETAINED WEIGHT
2625 fps – 800 m/s0,66″ – 16,76mm167,88gr – 95,7%
2001 fps – 610 m/s0,87″ – 22,10mm173,30gr – 98,8%

WOUND CHANNELS & PENETRATION

Test targets were the wet newspapers.

IMPACT VELOCITYPENETRATION
2625 fps – 800 m/s19,69″ – 50cm
2001 fps – 610 m/s18,50″ – 47cm

SUMMA SUMMARUM

Bonded lead bullet with good ballistic coefficient. Made for “all-range” hunting.

We have seen other tests, where this bullet is tested even slower impact velocities than what we have on this test. This really is a true long range bullet, what comes to expanding on low velocities. But it is remarkable, that even it has a good long range expanding capabilities, it also works really good with the higher impact velocities! Over 95% retained weight with the impact velocity of 2625 fps – 800 m/s is really good for the “long range” lead bullet!

Bullet expanded quite good with our higher impact speed, but the retained weight still remained good, so we believe you can reload this bullet to even higher velocities without the fear of breakdown. Will work beautifully also on calibers like: 30-06 Springfield, 300wsm and 300 Winchester Magnum.

Really good lead bullet choice, if your shooting distances can variate greatly during your hunting day.

We want to thank you the R-Optic Oy for possibility to test this Federal Edge TLR -bullet in our Hard-Hitting Shooting Lab. You can found these and many more bullets on their online shop at www.r-optic.fi

Sincerely yours – The Hard-Hitting Shooting Lab