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Started reloading recently and bought a few boxes of Barnes 120gr TTSX for my 6.5x55. I originally went in the shop after some Hornady SST but they didn’t have any and after a chat with the gunsmith about how I was looking for accuracy for more head / neck shots and also reduce shoulder damage with chest shots thought I’d give them a try. It was only after buying them I found a few articles questioning their terminal performance and likening them to amax or fmj!

Thanks to a trip down to Dicehorn I knew my load was moving at 2840fps on average and a helpful chap at Barnes had offered me some reassurance on expansion velocity (I suppose he would though wouldn’t he!) so we were ok here.

Early days on the testing them for real but looking promising after a visit to Dorset at the weekend. Atlas joint shot a sika pricket at around 140/150m and the then chest shot a young switch stag at 160 who only made 20m. Tiny exit hole but plenty of damage inside - I’ve seen them go a lot further with Ballistic tipped lead ammo and soft points. Early days but looking promising.

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