Originally Posted by lloydsmale
I guess if i were you id consider staying with what worked. Dont judge a bullets performace by one experience. Chances are if there would have been 5 elk out there at that range the one you lost would have been the only one you lost. At that range bullet placement is the trump card. Put a target out at the range you intend to hunt and if those gamekings lays them in there i wouldnt look back. Keep in mind that just a couple years ago sierra bullets were the ones long range shooters measured them all by. My take on it is sure you can go out and buy bullets that cost 3 times more but will they gain you 3 times the performance. Personaly id buy 3 times more sierras and spend that money on good old shooting practice.
To be clear I have shot the 160 HPBT game kings since '98. I have practiced routinely out to 500 yards. The particular bull that got away was out farther and beyond my confidence range. Bullet placement was the key I am sure. I have recovered the hpbt's on elk past 600 yards and they did not 'explode', they held together. I believe lack of velocity. I think they run around .430BC. I want to build my rifle to be 100% confident to 600yrds and want a better BC. I have almost decided on 175-180grain bullets, but would like input on how bullets perform on elk to help make this descision. 160's have always been enough for me and if something performs well I don't want to be closed minded. I am closed minded about having bullets pass through the animal. I want ALL the energy given to the animal, not the tree behind it.
Thanks for your input.