Location: The rifle range, or archery range or behind the computer in Alaska
Re: God 308 bullets
Bone or no bone on an elk or moose I WOULD NOT use an amax or a ballistic tip. For the same flight charecteristics, BC and accuracy the Accubonds will be a much better choice or X bullets will get the job done for these critters at longer ranges if you put them in the ribs. No shoulders.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
I have a recommendation for you that I shall call: "The elk I kinda sorta almost got". My friends and I just returned from Elk camp. I had taken my new ( relatively) .338 win mag. My friends were packing a 7mm, and a 7mmultra mag. I had also taken my Savage .308 sort of as a back-up for all our rifles.
It was morning of day three before we got any action as it had been too warm here in Colorado. Bob had a GREAT shot at a nice bull...BUT. To his horror, his 7mm ultra mag handloads were not chambering. Unfortunately he had no "other" ammo. He was very bummed.
That afternoon, my other friend Mark got a clean shot at his cow and dropped her at about 445 yards with his 7mm. He and I took the truck to retrieve her. As we were loading her into the truck we heard a shot that sounded like it came from our camp and turned behind and left to see a HUGE Bull stiff leggedly stumbing about 150 yards away. He went about 15 yards and dropped like a stone.
When we got back to camp a a bit later, Bob was pretty excited about his bull. We were very happy for him and asked if he had found some rounds that would chamber. He then sheepishly explained that he had seen the bull walk into the clear, and having no working rifle had grabbed my .308 and taken the shot.
That shot measured 527 yards and was a perfect boiler room hit. Going in it knicked a rib, jellied both lungs and took a piece of aorta. The bullet lodged in a shattered rib on the far side.
The round? Federal HE 180 gr. Nosler Partition at 2740 fps. I'm WAY impressed!!
That was the last shot we got on our hunt. So...I got shut out. But my .308 did ok!!LOL!!
If I can see it, I can hit it.....and I can see pretty well.
Allrighty.. I did some reading, and lo and behold. If I neck down the 308 to 7-08, I can use the High B.C interbonds, and SST from hornady. From 154-175 grains, beats the pants of anything 308 can offer.
Is the interbond and sst bullets good for game?
I belive in one bullet one load.. not sure if to use the heavies or the lighter bullets though.
Are you planning for next year, as it is already November?
If so, you can throw the MRX Barnes into the mix. It looks
like it could do about everything. I just heard it will be
available for reloading in .270,7mm, & 30 cal. next year.
Also, look at the Wildcat Bullets.
You will not make peace with the Blue Coats, you are free to go.
I recently built a 308 tactical for my "Bro In Law" I sighted it in for him, with 150grn Hornaday spitzers. I gave him the drop table, he then took a 500 yard shot on a white tail buck, one shot, dead! He was very excited.
As far as the .308 goes, if you want to include elk in your one-bullet arsenal you'll prolly want something between 165 grs and 180 grs. From what I hear Nosler Accubonds are very good for the price and performance. Now I love the 7mm-08 and they make these lovely 160 gr Accubonds....
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