This hunting season ended well and I thought I would share a little of it with everyone. I was actually driving into a good area to find Mule deer bucks and had stopped to glass a ridge and all of the sudden about 80 head of elk sky lined themselves. They saw us and just turned around and eased of back into the sage brush bowl they were in so we just drove nice and slow till they were out of sight and we were at the bottom of the bowl they were in. Me and my hunting partner jumped out and hoofed it up the draw, I spotted the last elk just going around the back side of a little ridge in the center of this bowl so we crawled up to the top and got set up for a shot to a grassy spot on the opposite side of the bowl. I was shooting prone of a bipod and got my breathing under control while they feed out at 335yrds. I have been a little concerned about the Bergers performance so I was loaded with 140 gr Accubonds which were shooting higher than the Berger loads. I finally picked out the cow I wanted and we both got on her, my buddy was whispering “hold low, hold low”, he knows I have been having a hard time defeating years of Kentucky windage and creeping up and shooting over my targets. I sent it and she dropped like a rock, I stayed on the gun and watched, after a few seconds she tried to get up and we saw I had creeped up a little and spined her. She wasn’t going any where so I decided it would be a good way to test the Bergers so I lined up a 140 gr Berger on her heart and let it go, it was perfect.
Not long range but it did give me a good look at bullet performance, I tried to get some good pics of bullet performance and the damage done. The Accubond center punched her spine and took out two vertebrae, nice clean entrance and the exit hole was about quarter size. Massive amount of blood shot but it was in the layers as her heart was pumping the actual blood shot meat was about 4lbs. I really like the Accubond, it hits real hard but does not blow up.
The Berger had a nice pin hole in and went through about 3 in of meat at the back of the shoulder, it started to open just before hitting a rib, blew the rib out and hit the on side lung but did not do to much damage, then it hit the heart and turned into a buzz saw blowing a softball sized hole clean through it. The off lung was damaged and it exited between two ribs, I found the jacket under the of shoulder. It did very little meat damage and performed just like it is advertised to, kinda like a big game varmint bullet, went in then blew up in the center. This cow was bigger than average and about as big as a cow comes, that was what got her ticket punched, she had about 40lbs more meat than an average cow.
Rifle specs are Savage model 12 26 in barrel in a 270 WSM. B&C Medalist stock topped with a WOTAC 4-14 scope in Weaver Tac rings on a EGW 20MOA base weighing in at 12.5 lbs fully loaded. Load was 71gr Retumbo with Fed 215 primers both Bergers and Accubond .015 of the lands. 140gr Berger @ 3300fps and 140 Accubond @ 3341 fps.
I have been shooting a 300 Weatherby for elk and just got feed up with it so I got this 270 WSM and it is absolutely an awesome cartridge, everyone that has seen it in action was amazed how hard it hits.
Thanks for everyone's help on this forum hope you enjoyed the pics.