Originally Posted by MMERSS
Yep, I hear you! I had a similar high shoulder shot on a 4x4 Mule deer about 12 years ago. An A-Max shot from a RUM anchored the deer. I noticed copper fragments on top of the spine when cutting out the straps. I was glad to have that bullet for this situation. However, this bullet/RUM combo would not have been my choice for elk. It will be interesting trying the LRABs anticipating somewhat of a mix between the A-Max and AB. I won't be shooting the gun next year but a family member will.
Two guns for short to long range hunting? I'm already doing this in most cases when hunting from a hide. You never know what distance the animals will come out. Two different bullets in the two different guns, yes.
My only one gun all around choice for antelope to elk at all ranges, the 338 with 300 OTM. I would consider a 300 LRAB but we all know how available this bullet is, about as available as some of the Bergers right now.
You know a guy can pick up an off the rack light weight mountain type rifle in any number of calibers that will get the job done to 400yds and carry the cannon in the Eberlestock till you get to where you want to set up which makes for a very viable solution the the lack of a magic bullet. Take a 6.8spc, .270, .260, 6.5 of any sort along with the cannon and you have all options covered.
It's either that, or or we are stuck with setting minimum range limits or accepting the fact that at closer ranges were are at least at times going to have bullets blow apart and give us unsatisfactory performance.
I sincerely feel for the poster who started this thread. Those of us who have piled up dozes or hundreds of game animals over the years have all at some point seen animals who appear to be very well hit run off a ways and or require follow up shots to put them down. It just happens no matter how diligent we are.
When you add the long range component to the game you are simply increasing the likelihood of this happening and us trying to make one rifle and one load work for everything.
It's not something to get upset with each other about.