Partition Nosler poor performance?????

Discussion in 'Big Game Hunting Forum' started by Mike Perry, Oct 29, 2017.

  1. Mike Perry

    Mike Perry Elite Refuge Member

    May 31, 2005
    180 grain Partition Nosler .30 caliber 30- 06 reloaded at 2773 fps
    I shot a pretty nice white tail at 320 yards last week. Fairly big deer close to 300 lbs 320 yards severe uphill angle. I hit him a little low in the base of the neck slightly in front of the left shoulder. Bullet exited high, right through the center of the opposite shoulder. Trajectory would have it hitting at least 1 ling and very close to the heart if it did not hit the heart.
    Obviously I found the deer or would not have the above info.
    The exit wound was about the same size as the entry wound. The deer stood absolutely still after being hit. I shot twice more in a hurry as I heard the first one hit, and missed both follow up shots. I did not have a good rest. Hurried the shots.
    The deer walked away slowly after the 3rd shot and disappeared over the crest of the hill. Found him 600 yards away, dead.
    I would have expected the bullet to stay in the deer at that range and deliver maximum ft lbs of knock down. Did not get it.
    What's going on here?????
  2. Bwana1

    Bwana1 Elite Refuge Member

    Jan 31, 2003
    A Nosler Partition is designed to work as it appears to have done in your case. The front half expands after entry and breaks apart, sending parts in different directions. The rear part does not expand. It penetrates, usually exiting with a small exit hole - unless it hits bone near the exit hole. The interior damage is done by the front half,penetration by the back half.
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  3. n c rod

    n c rod Refuge Member Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2008
    North Carolina
    I have had poor results with the same bullet in 300 win mag. Took 100 rounds to Africa handloaded and worked up by myself. 2850fps 10 ft from muzzle. I did not use many in Africa as I shot most with 375 H&H. Decided to use on Whitetail in Lowcountry SC. Unless the bullet hit bone, it over penetrated without expanding or leaving a blood trail most of the time. Several exit wounds were plugged with fat from inside the exiting skin. I figured it was too much bullet for the smaller deer we encounter. I switched to a 280 (284) with a 150 gr. ballistic tip @ same speed with excellent results for the last 5 years. Just my 02 .
  4. killerv

    killerv Elite Refuge Member

    Nov 24, 2008
    Middle Ga
    Old thread but someone brought it back up so forgive me..

    Don't use partitions on whitetails unless you have some of the biggest whitetails on planet Earth, just not enough there for a partition to do its thing. Will it kill one...heck yeah. There are just better options for whitetail like a good sierra gameking or even a nosler ballistic tip
  5. Soggy Socks

    Soggy Socks Senior Refuge Member

    Nov 19, 2015
    I used them years ago when I read about them and how good a bullet they are. I did not lose any whitetails with them but have had similar results from broadside hits. I switched to Nosler solid base after, which I wish they still made, with great results. Lately I've been using their Accubonds with good results on deer.
  6. California Flyway

    California Flyway Elite Refuge Member

    Jan 13, 2001
    Gualala, California
    Barnes TTSX is widely reported for good expansion and penetration.
  7. Winchester 1897

    Winchester 1897 Elite Refuge Member

    Oct 1, 2014
    Quincy, CA
    Remington Corelokts work great .
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  8. Juca

    Juca Refuge Member

    Sep 20, 2016
    Croatia (Europe)
    try some Norma Oryx 200 grain or 180..
  9. billwnr

    billwnr Elite Refuge Member

    Sep 24, 2001
    Moses Lake,WA
    A few years ago I shot a moose with 180 grain Partitions out of a .300 Win Mag. Bullet went thru the moose on the diagonal, about 3 feet of moose... and then exited and sailed off into the sunset. I'd say that's darn good penetration.
  10. Matt Barnard

    Matt Barnard Elite Refuge Member

    Aug 20, 2004
    South Dakota
    For what it's worth. I have owned and reloaded for a .300 Win. Mag. since 1978. I have loaded for a couple friends guns as well. I have had terrific luck with Sierra 165 boattails. Nothing has lived through one shot. Several dozen whitetails and mule deer. My friend shot a moose in '91, and another friend has taken several elk with this bullet/ load combination. Very accurate and devastating terminal performance. The moose took 2 steps, the elk went down with grass still in their mouth.

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