Originally Posted by cmorsch
Im getting ready to start my load development for a elk hunt Im going on in October and would like some opinions on my bullet selection options. Ive been told to be prepared to shoot to 600-700 yards if Im comfortable shooting at those distances. My current train of though is to use the Barnes LRX, or the Nosler Accubond LR if I can get ahold of them, but a guy I shoot with said I should just use the 208 Amax that I target shoot with. Are the amaxs worth considering or should I look at just the barnes or nosler? Please feel free to suggest any other bullets you would use, Im going to stay at 175gr or higher for a better BC. Thanks for the help.
700 yards is right at the upper end with the 06. Right now the load I shoot is the 190gr Berger VLD with a velocity of 1804 fps and 1373 ft-lb of energy at 700 yards using H4831. Very accurate and temp stable. Took a elk last season with this load at 489 yards . The elk went down where it stood.
Just got another order of 190gr Bergers and am going to start testing with Reloader 17 for the upcoming season.
I have used the 200gr Accubond in the 06 and took a nice buck at 465 and a bull at about the same distance as he would not hold still three seasons ago and they performed great. The 200gr Accubond and the 190gr Berger's are quite close with the Accubond holding a slight edge in terminal performance (from watching the animal go down and wound channel) and the Berger being slightly more accurate.
I also want to test the Accubond LR in the 190gr and when they come out starting with Reloader 17 but for this coming season will stick with the Bergers.
I don't have any experience with any of the other bullets you mention using the 06.