I have. Actually my first elk.... a cow at 387 yards, 338 Lapua, 280 grain Barnes LRX, high shoulder, she was DRT! Her head whipped back and touched her shoulders and it was obvious she was hit HARD. I wish i could have gotten that on camera.
Me too! 330 bull at about 300 yards with a 168gr Barnes LRX. The only moving he did after being shot, was roll down the hill!
One question if I may: Have you ever dropped an elk DRT? Ever?
Ever seen one DRT? I have seen and shot some deer, mostly DRT with 270 and bigger. Never an elk.
I have hit elk with 270, 7 mag , 300 mag and 338 win mag, heart lung, high shoulder and spine. Never DRT.
So I'm curious how elk topple over for some people but never for me...
Using a Barnes 200 gr. @ about 80 yards from a 300 Win Mag. First shot in the boiler room and he just stood there for about 20 seconds like he was waiting for a bus. I thought I missed. 2nd shot right next to the first and he stood there another 10 seconds and tipped over.
The only bang/flops I've seen are neck shots but have seen a runner on that shot too. Between running and rolling, the distance from where most were shot and where they ended up will cause you to talk to yourself.
I am going with the ones with a 3 in front. a semi custom does not have to be too pricey here is the run down on my 338 build.
used 700 lh rifle for the action $300
sendero contoured and 338 rum chambered Douglas barrel $320 shipped
Defensive edge muzzle brake $100
Rifle basics trigger $120
Wyatt's 4" box mag $70
Manners t 2 stock $570
Total gunsmith fee to head space the chamber and fit the break $150
Having a rifle that will shoot 300 gr Berger's in to .6 groups @ 100 yds. and is scary effective @ 1200 yds. priceless
N570 is the preferred powder for my gun pushing the 300 grn @ 2750 6 loads per case.
On the flip side of the coin I also am bringing a 300 win sporter weight gun that is very capable out to 500 yards with the ballistic plex scope mounted on it.
The 300 is the back up plan if you end up with a week to hunt and 30 mph winds make that 1k yd. pile driver next to useless and a lighter rifle would be real nice for timber and tight drainages with long hikes.