It is my usual job to write articles about
reloading, but we just returned from a trip hunting plains game,
where I used the new Barnes VorTX ammunition that has just come on
Recovered .330 Win Mag 225 gr VorTX TTSX bullets from various
On this trip, I took 18 animals with this new ammo
in three different calibers. I used the 225-grain .338 Winchester
Magnum ammo for most of the Blue Wildebeest, Gemsbok and Eland, and
recovered several bullets that were perfect examples of what a
bullet should look like. The five bullets had an average weight of
In the .300 Winchester Magnum, I used the 180-grain
VorTX ammo for a couple Blue Wildebeest and Gemsbok plus a Namibian
Mountain Zebra from which I recovered a perfectly expanded bullet
that weighed in at 179.1 grains.
My .270 Winchester loved the 130-grain VorTX also.
That load was impressive on Springbok and Blesbok and when it also
took a great Gemsbok with one shot that was truly impressive.
Not only did we use the VorTX ammo, but also some of
Federal Cartridge Companys new Tipped Trophy Bonded Bear Claw
bullets in my .300 Winchester Magnum. This ammo shot great at the
range, and was also had the highest velocity of any 180-grain
factory ammo Ive used in a long time.
Pictures of two recovered 225 gr Speer Deep Curls from the 338 Win
Gemsbok and Blue Wildebeest were no match for these
Tipped Bear Claws either. Two bullets were recovered that looked
quite nice with weights of 144.5 grains & 143.3 grains.
Just a week before we were to leave, I finally got
my hands on some of the new Speer 225-grain Deep Curl bullets for
the .338 Winchester Magnum. Not having a great deal of time to
experiment, I just took my old standby load of 70 grains of AA 4350
powder and was delighted that they printed the same point of impact
as the 225-grain VorTX ammo did.
This new 225-grain Deep Curl bullet accounted for
four Gemsbok, two Blue Wildebeest, one exceptional Wart Hog, and a
nice old Kudu Bull.
.330 Win Mag 225 gr VorTX TTSX bullets from various
Bullets were recovered from the Wart Hog and Kudu
showing the nice bonded core design and five ragged pedals for
internal destruction. The shot on the Kudu was at 150 yards, and it
broke both shoulders, stopping against the skin. Needless to say,
that bull did not go anywhere but "down". The recovered bullets
weighed 146.5 grains & 175.6 grains.
Blauwkamp is a lifelong hunter and a veteran of many
African safaris. His reloading expertise extends beyond
the standard American calibers to metric and classic
Both the Barnes VorTX and the Federal Premium ammo
performed flawlessly. With todays technology, factory loading
capability far exceed our wildest dreams when we started reloading
50 years ago, and there are plenty of times when factory ammo will
out shoot my reloads, but no matter what ammo or bullet
placement is still what counts.
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