Originally Posted by partisan1911
So what do all these elk hunters do if they see an elk close range? Carry a different bullet for those shots or aim for front shoulder to break it?
The above questions are the pitfalls of the concept of LRH when taking into account using projectiles designed for paper but loaded for game. There is always the "what if" in hunting.
I've been fortunate to kill a few whitetails up close with Bergers in a couple of calibers and there was no evidence to suggest they performed any differently than any other hunting bullet I've used in the last 25 years. But none of those Berger shot placements were on bone either, and all of them were 50 yards and less.
The SMK debate has been discussed time and time again, and you'll find equal numbers of guys with experience who are pro and con for up close shots. My personal opinion is that the closer the game, the bigger the gamble.
If I had an elk inside of 50 yards and I was using a 338 Edge with a 300 SMK (which is highly unlikely because I'd really have a bow),
...I'd be confident with aiming at the base of the skull if I knew I had no intentions of getting it mounted. Otherwise, I'd probably just lung shoot it & hope for the best.