6.5mm – 130gr Nosler Accubond .
For many years the Nosler Partition was my favorite hunting bullet, so I was not a stranger to Nosler’s products when I started hunting with the 130gr Accubond in a 6.5×55. So how does the Accubond measure up as a hunting bullet?
Performance on game.
Loaded to a muzzle velocity of ±2600fps from my 22″ barreled Howa rifle, the 130gr Accubonds shot moa groups at 100m. I hunted a total of 62 animals with this bullet, including springbok, blesbuck, warthog, red hartebeest, kudu, gemsbok, blue wildebeest and 3 sub adult eland bulls. Ranges varied from less than 50m (warthog) to 375m (a springbok).
Penetration, even on the larger antelope, was always more than adequate and expansion was reliable even at long ranges on lightly built springbok.
The first large antelope I shot with the 6.5×55 was a huge old blue wildebeest bull at 200m. The 130gr Accubond broke his shoulder and punched an impressive hole in his heart.
Many of our hunting clients use Nosler Accubonds so I have had the opportunity to see various caliber Accubonds in action, in addition to my own use of it. I have yet to be disappointed.
The Accubond would not be my first choice for adult eland bulls but it will work for that purpose if you use an adequate caliber (.308″ or larger) and avoid the heavy shoulder bones or raking shots. Apart from that, if you are looking for a plains game bullet that will perform reliably at all normal hunting ranges , I can recommend the Nosler Accubond.
Please note: It is important not to confuse the Nosler Accubond with Nosler’s Accubond LR (Long Range)bullet, there seem to be quite a difference in performance between the two. The Accubond has a white polymer tip and the tip of the LR Accubond is grey.