LOL--Wow, where was all this discussion when I was making the decision? For the record, based on the first four or so posts above, I switched to the ABs. But then I read an article comparing the two bullets (plus a couple others) by a guy who had killed several moose. According to him, both are excellent choice for moose, but if he had to choose, this particular author stated that he would use the LRX in case his only option was to smash through bone. Because this hunt was/is potentially a OIL for me, I changed my mind once again and loaded up a bunch of the LRX, and took them to British Columbia with me. Per my chronograph, the 175-grainer's MV out of my 300 WSM was averaging just under 3,200 fps using RL-17. End result was a dead moose:
Now for the rest of the story. My first shot, walking broadside at 125 yards, hit right in the crease behind his shoulder, about 1/3 the way up--just like my pappy taught me to do some 40+ years ago. It passed though both lungs and exited. It was definitely a fatal shot, yet the bull showed no sign that he was hit, and took off like a freight train through the 5' to 6' tall brush. At that stage, I wasn't even sure I'd hit him, and my guide was yelling in my ear to shoot again. It's hard to explain what it's like standing on your tippy toes trying to see over the brush and shoot at something that you can only see the top of its back as it's running away from you at break-neck speed, but somewhere between shots 2 thru 4 my guide yelled "You hit in the rump!" I hit it in the @#@#in rump?!? During all of this freakin rodeo, it occurred to me that I was probably shooting over his back and I need to aim a little lower at the brush line. Just beyond 300 yards he was starting to slow a little, and he also turned a little giving me more of a broadside target. My fifth shot smashed through his spine and dropped him like a sack of bricks. My guide was whooping it up and trying to high five me, but I was still flustered by what had just happened. That was not how I had envisioned that it would all go down.
Anyway, when we did the autopsy on the moose, he was hit three times, and all three shots were complete pass throughs. My first shot was definitely a fatal shot, but I'll never know how far the bull would have gone before he tipped over. I do know it was at least 200 yards. So now I'm wondering how fast and how far he would have been able to go had I shot him with a 180 grain Accubond instead?
I do tend to agree the Barnes is the better performer if you're going to hit large bones, but what about when you have a perfect broadside shot that doesn't hit anything but lungs and ribs? Based on what just happened to me with this moose, I think in that particular situation I'd rather be shooting an Accubond. Hopefully I'll get more learning opportunities...