View Full Version : 6mm Bullet Test: 100 gr. Partition, 90 gr. E-tip, 90 gr. Accubond

6mm Remington
05-29-2012, 02:49 PM
I used three loads that were shot in each rifle and chronographed just prior to the test. The loads were the exact same for each rifle with only the rifles being changed, not loads to get a better comparison and to see the effects of different chambers and barrel lengths. The rifles are as follows:
Remington Model 600 - 6mm Remington - 18.5 " barrel

Ruger MKII - 6mm Remington - 22" barrel

Ruger #1B - 6mm Remington - 26" barrel

Tests were done at 25 yards. I must say that Nosler's rule the roost! These are some awesome bullets. The one E-tip that broke a couple petals off smacked the board I had the jugs sitting on which was placed on the ground. They all performed very well. On the sheets when I say almost out, that means the bullet almost exited the jug it was last in, 5 and almost out for example means the bullet almost exited jug #5. Saying it cut #5 for example means it almost got into number 5, and cut the jug and just about got in to it from #4.



Colorado Cowboy
05-29-2012, 05:47 PM
Many years ago I bought my son a .243 Rem 600 and they are really a wonderful gun. He was just 12 then (he is 46 now) and still has it and kills deer and antelope with it every year. It was a great starter big game rifle for a youngster.

6mm Remington
05-29-2012, 06:01 PM
They are great rifles. I love mine. It is now my son's. Mine is a Centennial model, one of 1020 made in 1964 for the 100th Anniversary of the Montana Territory and 75th Anniversary of Statehood.


Colorado Cowboy
05-30-2012, 07:21 AM
I restocked his as I had to cut it pretty short when he got it for Christmas right after he was 12. I still have the original stock and plastic floor piece/trigger guard. Added a new steel one when I restocked it with a Bell & Carlson composite stock with alum bedding. It is a tack driver!

05-30-2012, 11:22 PM
Thanks for the great review, I always love your posts. Where did you get the AB's to test, mine have been on backorder since they could be from Cabelas. I got a Ruger M77 all weather in 243 back from the gunsmith today with it's new Leupold and 2lb Timney trigger so I have another 6mm cartridge to work up loads for. My fiance and I should draw Wyoming 75 tags for goats this fall and are going hunting 2 weeks before the wedding. I will likely stick to "Maggie" the other woman in my life as my fiance sees it (my custom 264WM) but she will be shooting either this new rifle or my custom 6mm whichever she prefers. She has shot 3 whitetail with me now, but this is her first western hunt. We made a deal, she has to burn a 550 round brick of ammo through my 10-22 with a 2lb trigger from field positions before she can go on our hunt and keep her targets. I know wounding game is always a possibility, but I hate it and don't want to ruin a new hunter if it happens due to lack of practice. I have all the 22's and hunting rifles all set up with the Stoney point rapid pivot bipod attachments so they become real familiar to both of us. Anyway, thanks for the post and I'll let everyone know how the "early honeymoon" goes if we draw.

On a more serious note, your accubonds look similar to many I have recovered in larger calibers with their mushroom. My records show them all retaining real close to 60% of their weight, but I've never recovered one from game at less than 180yds and then at a real hard quartering angle. I could sure see less retention at 25yds, that is a true test. Do the 90gr E tips shoot well from a 1 in 10 like the new (to me) Ruger has?

6mm Remington
05-31-2012, 07:17 AM
I got my Accubonds from Shooter's Pro Shop. You can buy factory seconds from Nosler from them at good prices. They sell blemished bullets and over-runs at a great deal. $12.00 flat rate shipping too, so it's still cheaper than a store even if you just purchased one box, ONE!

My son has a Ruger MKII in 6mm Remington and the 90 gr. E-tip really shoots well in his rifle. I use H100V as that is what it seemed to really like. He took a cow elk at 350 yards laying down using a bi-pod two years ago. Hit her right behind her right shoulder, it angled forward and exited her off-side left shoulder. She went 20 yards and tipped over. I think they would work in the 1-10 also. Just have to try some and see.

I'm really confident that the 90 gr. Accubonds would work really well for antelope and deer though, even close up. They will also readily mushroom at longer distances. Great bullets. My son used his 300 WSM and 180 gr. Accubond on his elk this year. It hit rib going in at 90 yards. Smacked her spine, then angled down and broke her off shoulder and was under the hide in the meat about 1 inch. It performed perfectly even after all that bone it struck.

Colorado Cowboy
05-31-2012, 08:00 AM
[QUOTE=6mm Remington;28186]I got my Accubonds from Shooter's Pro Shop. You can buy factory seconds from Nosler from them at good prices. They sell blemished bullets and over-runs at a great deal. $12.00 flat rate shipping too, so it's still cheaper than a store even if you just purchased one box, ONE!

Years ago when I lived in southern California and Sierra was still there, I used to go to their factory and buy seconds. Sold by the pound at really good prices. Most were just cosmetic blemishes. I would visually inspect, weight and do a concentricity check. About 80 to 90% were good. They did a lot sample and if a certain amount were defective, the whole batch was considered defective. Used lots of them and shot lots of game with them.

1100 Remington Man
05-31-2012, 04:40 PM
I would take a look at Hornadys 100gr BTSP. I shoot a Remington 700 6mm & with a Max load of H 4831 groups at 300 yds under 2 1/4 inch. Is the norm. http://http://www.hornady.com/team-hornady/scrapbook/montana-2011-stoy Good Hunting My 2011 Mule Deer.

6mm Remington
05-31-2012, 06:15 PM
Here's a 30-06 Accubond at 25 yards!


25-06 25 yards


6mm 90 gr. E-tip 25, 100, 300


6mm Remington
05-31-2012, 06:20 PM
Here is how I found the 30-06. It went out #5 and almost into #6. It shoved the jugs a couple inches.


6mm 90 gr. E-tip at 25 yards stuck in the side of #5. I do not believe it tumbled, what I think happened is that one front edge hit a bit earlier and not completely squared up. It broke through the plastic on the edge and the rest continued and squared up to the jug.


Another picture of the 120 gr. Partition at 25 yards, 3000 fps


6mm Remington
05-31-2012, 06:26 PM
100 yards- 90 gr. 6mm E-tip, 165 gr. 30-06 Accubond, 100 gr. 6mm Partition


Brave man here! Shooting through the chrony at 300 yards to get a "true" fps at that distance. I never shot the chrony!!!


My son's elk this year at 90 yards with 300 WSM 180 gr. Accubond. Broke ribs going in, hit spine, went into off shoulder breaking it and was an inch or two under the hide in the meat on the shoulder. I don't think it could have done better.


6mm Remington
05-31-2012, 06:33 PM
Recovered Accubond from his elk. Really doesn't get any better than this!!


Exit hole on my son's cow on her left shoulder from a 90 gr. E-tip at 350 yards. She went 20 and dropped.


Paul, his son Andy, and my son Jeff with Andy's elk at 250 yards, 25-06 and one 120 gr. Partition. She was quartered and he hit her where shown on the left side with the blood. It EXITED her right side tight behind her shoulder! She ran 40 yards and tipped over.


6mm Remington
05-31-2012, 07:04 PM
Here's some close-ups of the 90 gr. Accubonds so you get a better idea of how they did. I think they did quite well considering how fast they were going at 25 yards! Should work very well on coyotes, deer, and antelope.




Rock 2.0
05-31-2012, 11:18 PM
I like a nosler accubond, or a barnes ttx out of my .243, my dad prefers the standard barnes out of his 6mm rem

6mm Remington
06-01-2012, 07:43 PM
I went back today and shot a couple groups with the Accubonds playing with them to see if my #1B liked them at all. I had a couple extra's loaded up so I figured I might as well pick up a couple extra water jugs and take about a 4' piece of 2x10 with me and shoot it at 100 yards. Muzzle fps of this load was 3240 and this is what shot one looked like as I walked up to collect the Accubond. Jug number 4, about 50% weight retention.


This is how shot number two looked as I walked up. Amazing how much pressure is exerted when those jugs explode! I really didn't expect this to happen. The ground was pretty flat there and I took the board so I could line the jugs up nice and straight and I could keep them tight together. Unbelievable!


Perfect again!


Rock 2.0
06-03-2012, 10:22 AM
Thanks for posting all of this info for up for everybody 6mm!

6mm Remington
06-03-2012, 01:40 PM
You are welcome. It's nice to see how the bullets are working and what you can expect from them.

06-07-2012, 10:34 PM
Hey just curious whats your 243 pet load for the partition and accubond.

6mm Remington
06-07-2012, 10:50 PM
bigshot, they were all 6mm Remington's and not 243 Winchesters. In my Ruger #1B with the 100 gr. Partition, I am using IMR4350, Winchester cases, and Federal 210 primers. They have been a great bullet for me. I don't have a pet load yet for the Accubond as I just got the bullets. I just loaded some up so that I could get a decent velocity with them so I would be able to compare the three bullets. The Accubonds look to be a great bullet also. My boy's cow last year and a buddies very large 6x6 bull was taken with Accubonds about 4 years ago. In both cases they worked great.

My son's 6mm likes the 90 gr. E-tip and H100V powder. It's been working well for him for several years now. His first elk was with that bullet and rifle. It is a Ruger MKII 6mm Remington.

I think IMR4350 and H4350 would be two good powders for you to try with those bullets in a 243. That H100V might be a good one too. Sorry, but I don't load for any 243's.

06-07-2012, 11:20 PM
My bad, I'm in the process of making recipes for my buddies remmy 700. I have a bunch of the old nosler 100 grain Solid Base bullets and just recently purchased some E-tips at a great price, so gonna be playing with them for a bit.

06-07-2012, 11:28 PM
JFI, this months Eastman's Magazine has a great article on Elk hunting bullets and noticed the Partitions had the highest penetration, with the E-tips close behind. Largest wound channel was by the Rem Cor-locks!!

06-07-2012, 11:36 PM
Right now, the 6mm, 90 grain, Nosler, E-tips, and Accubonds are for only $14.95 for a box of 50, at shootersproshop.com They have others on sale as well.

6mm Remington
06-07-2012, 11:54 PM
My bad, I'm in the process of making recipes for my buddies remmy 700. I have a bunch of the old nosler 100 grain Solid Base bullets and just recently purchased some E-tips at a great price, so gonna be playing with them for a bit.
That's all I used to shoot was the 100 gr. solid base boattail bullets in the 6mm, 280 , and 30-06. They are a great bullet. Yeah check SPS out, they sell blemished bullets and over-runs for great prices! There are 90 gr. E-tips on there for sale right now! I really like the way the E-tip has performed in my son's 6mm. It sure has killed everything he has shot with authority.
Good luck on the load work.