That was a great shot jcoop
You wanted an opinion so here's mine
First, 3200 fps for a 165 gr bullet out of a 24" 300 WSM is real good. I could only get about 3050 out my 168 TTSX's in front of about 65.5 gr of H4350.
I get about 3020 out of 180 E-Tips with 66 gr of H4350 and about 3000 with Fed 180 AB's.
In my case the 180's are obviously going to be more efficient.
What would be your personal max range for a well placed shot on elk with the 300wsm.
My personal criteria for making a long distance shot on an elk or buck deer would be the the distance where the bullets opens, which is about 1800 fps for most bullets. And for my loads of 180 bullets, that is about about 800 - 1000 yds depending on Elevation, Velocity and BC. Most elk in MT are going to be encountered about 5000-9000 elevation. I personally dont want to pencil hole a buck or elk at those ranges. I have read about AB's (338 cal) opening up below 1800 fps.
Also, at speeds less than 1800 fps for bullets 180 gr and less, you start loosing a lot of punch (momentum). I would like to know that my bullet is going to open, causing damage, and also exist.
My $.02 FWIW