Originally Posted by roadhunter
I am sure there is a thread on this topic somewhere, but I couldn't find it. I am getting to take my new 338 Edge on it's first northeastern Oregon elk hunt next week. I've settled on the 300gr Sierra Match King mainly because they are so accurate. I can reasonalbe expect to have shot oportunities from 0-700 yards (which is probably my personal limit). I am just wondering what kind of terminal performance guys have had with the 300 SMK on elk. Mine are going about 2822 at the muzzle. Any pics and/or war stories are appreciated.
300 gr. SMK @ 2825 fps:
Spike @ 760 yards in the shoulder = DRT, big exit hole, found the jacket laying on the dirt behind where he was standing, opened up, no lead, just copper.
Large lead cow @ 584 yards behind the shoulder, mid-lung shot, just stood there, didn't run, didn't go down... two more shots making a 3" group behind the shoulder and it tips over. Smaller exit holes, plenty of internal damage, no bullets recovered.
Based on experience on elk and deer with this bullet, I prefer to aim for bone.