Personally ... I find Federal Trophy/Barnes slugs to be more lethal than the Accutips with comparable accuracy.
I was talking to another member about this the other day and we both have had a similar experience with them. I shot a buck a few years ago in the snow at about 80 yards did the mule kick and he ran about 80 yds. and piled up. I went over to the shot location saw a tiny bit of hair and no blood at all, no splatter or anything. I followed the buck’s tracks in the snow and found him but the entire time but while trailing there was absolutely zero blood at all. I even walked it back two or three times because I couldn’t believe it. Gutting the deer revealed it was a double lung that entered and exited between a rib so I never got to see if the bullet expanded or not. It was freezing the night I shot that deer I think it was about 12 degrees so I always questioned if the bullet ever even expanded just hitting cartilage between ribs or did the extreme cold play a part. On other deer I have shot through the shoulder the shots have been devastating. They enter the chest cavity and wreak havoc but I have never gotten a full pass through with them on both shoulders but they have gone down where shot or within 10 yards. Good to know you guys are having success with other rounds out of the 220 as I get tired of buying boxes of AccuTip’s every time I come across them.Personally ... I find Federal Trophy/Barnes slugs to be more lethal than the Accutips with comparable accuracy.
Last edited by fish_hunter; 01-11-2017 at 08:52 AM.
I don't think air temp affects expansion, its been shot out of a gun barrel (pretty hot in there) then there is the friction of the air and then entering the body cavity. it heats up pretty quick.
Lightfield 2.75 or the 3 inch work best in my Savage 220. Federals are good too. Whatever you choose purchase the best slug scope you can budget and bench the gun well at your range.