Hey guys, im going to start working some new loads for my .30-06 for elk hunting and was wanting to try the 180 gr. ballistic tips. Do you think these bullets are effective on elk? I've heard that people have had problems with them exploding on impact and not penetrating at all. should i try these or stick with my gamekings? thanks!
I've seen 180 Gamekings explode and fail to penetrate more than 3" on mule deer 3". Two bullets from the same rifle on the same deer. The first was a chest shot, forward of the shoulder that did not penetrate the chest cavity at about 250 to 300 yds. The second shot was about 50 or 60 yds and was a high spine shot (not where he was aiming but that's where the bullet went) it blew-up and distroyed the near backstrap and did manage to break the spine but there was no damage on the far side of the deer.
I've been using 115 Ballistic Tips for years in my 25-06 and don't know if I've ever recovered a bullet because they always pass through at distances from 40 to 300 yds. Mostly used on deer but also one nice 350 lb black bear.
I'll buy off on any Accubond, or Swift Scirocco, or Barnes-X, etc. recommendation. Elk are tough and I've seen several absorb 3 or 4 premium bullets before hitting the dirt, but I wouldn't be so fast to condemn the Ballistic Tips or to praise the Gamekings.
If you're worried about it go with premium bullets.
ive been looking at berger vld bullets lately and i think im going to go with them.
I like the Bergers, In the last 7 months I have taken a 6x7 Elk, adult 4x4 Muley, 2 good Axis bucks, a trophy Black Buck Antelope and a Trophy Aoudad Ram. All with 210 VLD's and never tracked a single one.
I have some 190's I am going to load up for one of my 300 Weatherbys. I load them as long as the mag box will allow. I can't get to the lands with the freebore of the Wby. I sure would give them a try, Depending on the barrel, twist and the ranges you are going to shoot I think one of those two would work great.