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Barnes tipped TSX 168 or 180 gr. for elk?

 
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Re: Barnes tipped TSX 168 or 180 gr. for elk?

I note the OP did not mention range or the rifles chamber.
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Re: Barnes tipped TSX 168 or 180 gr. for elk?

Thee last bullet I will shoot at an elk is a 168 Barnes and I've shoot quite a few elk with them from a 300 WBY, over and over and over!!
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Re: Barnes tipped TSX 168 or 180 gr. for elk?

I'd go with the 180 if they both shoot well, else if one shoots a lot better I'd use that one. I'll take accuracy and precision over 12 grains of weight at this caliber.

The 150gr TTSX worked well in my Dad's 7mm Wby last year for both elk and deer. So, I would not hesitate to use either weight you mention.
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Re: Barnes tipped TSX 168 or 180 gr. for elk?

Ive been working up loads for a 300 ultra. I settled on the 168 tsx. Main reason was that the 180 and 168 tssx bullets shot the best out of that particular gun. I shot probaly 20 differnt bullets and it came down to those two. The 168 gave slightly better groups so thats the way i went. I get consistant 3/4 inch 5 shot groups with that bullet at about 3500 fps. I wouldnt be afraid to hunt any game animal in the US with that combination. If i lost an animal to that load id have to put the blame squarely on the man pulling the trigger.
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Re: Barnes tipped TSX 168 or 180 gr. for elk?

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Which Barnes bullet do you recommend for elk? The 168 shoots a tad bit flatter since it has a better BC and a tad bit faster. Barnes (Ty) recommended the 168. Or do I need the extra penetration of the 180 gr ?
This is my first elk hunt, so I'm trying to get it right the first time.
Since you already talked to guide about yardage etc as some mentioned if equal accuracy I'd take the 180gr. Might want to try some 180gr Partitions and I know few that are using the A-Frame.
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Re: Barnes tipped TSX 168 or 180 gr. for elk?

I would rather have a 168 gr bullet with great shot placement than a 180gr with poor placement. Shoot what you feel good with according to recoil and shoot what your rifle is more accurate with.
I believe many people get book wise on Sectional density numbers and ballistic coefficient numbers but are not skilled in the field. I refer
to people like this as Barr stool knowledge.
Think about this a high BC bullet in the hands of a Bar Stool, know it all shooter, making a 100 yd shot and hitting a animal in the guts. Greatest whiz bang bullet that all the internet forums and magazine writers are talking about. Gets the bar stool, know it all people recommending it and a animal without a clean kill.
Old school Bullet out of a smaller rifle and a woman or child shooting the animal right in the heart or vitals....Which do you think will get the job done better.
Get the best bullet you can but don't rely on the numbers and bar stool knowledge to make your decision for you.. By the way I really like the Barnes bullet and the Accubond if the rifle will shoot them.
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Re: Barnes tipped TSX 168 or 180 gr. for elk?

My brother dropped 4 elk with 6 shots with the 165 grain barnes out of a 300 win on a cull hunt back in '11. All were through and through. A 165-168 is PLENTY of pill for elk unless the range is up there. Then you ought to think 338 anyway.
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