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Does anyone here use 6mm 85gr partitions for deer? If yes, what are your experiences?
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Would that be 85 grain .243 Partitions?
I have not but specifying the caliber might help with responses. Partitions are mighty fine bullets - can't imagine they wouldn't kill just fine.
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I shot several deer with that bullet and a huge feral hog. Penetration is as good as you can expect, exit holes were small. The hog was shot from slightly above and right into the neck from the front. I searched for it but couldn't find it. It went through some 8 inches of neck bone then into the chest and on into the guts. more than 2 feet of penetration. I like the 95 grain Ballistic Tip better for deer.

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Thanks for the correction needed.
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Shot many Wi. whitetails with the 95 grain Partition. most where dead right there

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My son has killed several deer with an 85 grain partition out of his 6mm. I loaded them down to 2850 for when he was younger and really never saw a need to mess with getting more velocity. They didn't seem to leave much blood, but the deer didn't go far either.


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Lots of deer with 85 grain 6mm slugs, but no partitions.

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Originally Posted by 1minute
Lots of deer with 85 grain 6mm slugs, but no partitions.
Same. Only 85 grain Sierra flat base Spitzer and 95 grain Partition.

If the Sierra works like magic I can only imagine the Partitions doing same.


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I've shot several antelope with the my .243 WSSM using the 85 gr partitions and certainly never had a bullet stay in and I've never gotten much expansion. Small exits every time. Dead critters, but never have had one fold up at the hit. Have always stayed on their feet for a bit.


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I shoot that in my 243AI and never had one that survived. I have used both 85 & 95 gr didn't notice much difference but our deer in VA aren't huge bodied.

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Originally Posted by 1minute
Lots of deer with 85 grain 6mm slugs, but no partitions.
Same here out of my 6mm Rem....the distinction of 243 didn't throw me- ha!

I don't run my loads very hot. If I did the TSX would get a strong look and no hesitation.

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My 3 sons all started with that bullet in a 6x47. Now grandsons are using it. Nothing but perfect performance.

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The wife of a friend of mine decided she wanted to start hunting, so he got her a .243 Winchester loaded some 85 Partitions. They live in West Virginia, but he had a plains game safari in South Africa scheduled that summer, so she went along and killed an impala, gemsbok and blue wildebeest, all trophy males, all with one shot. Now, impala are about the size of West Virginia whitetails, but gemsbok run 400-500 pounds and blue wildebeest 600-700.

As a side note, I am always amused by hunters who assume that since Partitions tend to leave an exit hole that about caliber-size, the bullet didn't expand. Don't they field-dress their deer and notice the inside destruction?


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Originally Posted by TRnCO
I've shot several antelope with the my .243 WSSM using the 85 gr partitions and certainly never had a bullet stay in and I've never gotten much expansion. Small exits every time. Dead critters, but never have had one fold up at the hit. Have always stayed on their feet for a bit.
That's a Partition, the expanded portion folds back against the shank giving smaller exit wounds. Part of the reason they penetrate so well.

Front half soft and that is why they tend to have turned the insides of critters to soup. They actually expand about like a cup n core bullet, maybe a fuzz faster.


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I've used the 85 partition a good bit in 243s, 6mm rems and a 243AI

it has performed exactly like larger partitions. I've always gotten an exit, usually a small one but internal destruction has been great.

I wouldn't hesitate to use one for anything I might find in VA or WV

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Thanks for the replies. I have loaded 100gr Corelokts for years for my 243 and never had a problem. The exit holes were always the size of a nickel. I'm going to load the partitions for a friend's wife for deer hunting. Her rifle is a youth model and it has a short barrel.


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Originally Posted by Mule Deer
As a side note, I am always amused by hunters who assume that since Partitions tend to leave an exit hole that about caliber-size, the bullet didn't expand. Don't they field-dress their deer and notice the inside destruction?

These are the same ones that say monos just "pencil through."

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I’ve not used a partition but my wife uses a 95 grain nosler E-tip, and I use 85 grain Barnes. Never had to shoot more than once. She uses a 243 me a 6mm Rem.
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PM sent - I’ve had a couple loads that I’ve been happy with. In the low/mid 40’s with H4831, IMR
4350 & Hunter. Nothing shocking really but the H4831 was my favorite

Don’t discount the Sierra 85 HPBT. It’s the grim reaper in 6mm - realistically it just preforms well for my style of shot placement (mixed elevation but semi broadside) I really like it.

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