Re: Berger 168 VLD results on an Elk
As others have stated before and I repeat again, elk are tough critters. With countless elk kills and stories from others that have killed many elk, one thing remains consistant. Larger calibers kill elk more effectively hands down. My hunting partner used to shoot a 270 on elk. Good shots very seldomly resulted in an authoritative kill. At the same time, he was hunting with a friend that was shooting a 338 win. Every elk he saw him shoot, including quite a few on video were dropped in their tracks as long as the bullet hit it's mark. The bigger bullets have a bigger effect and a bigger kill area. 7mm's have killed a lot of elk, but if it takes a high shoulder shot to do it, you are really limited. Nothing brings this home better than loosing a trophy bull that was hit good with too small a bullet. Big bulls can go miles if a bullet doesn't do it's job right. For the same token, a big bullet needs to expand also to do it's job correctly. Have I found the perfect bullet yet? No, but in my quest, I haven't had a deer or antelope take a single step from being hit with 180 NAB out of my 300 ultra and I haven't had an elk go more than 20 yards after being hit with 225 NAB or 250 partitions at distances to 582 yards. The big 33 puts a big hurt on them. With this being said, am I completely satisfied with either of these bullets? No, the 250 gr partition sheds too much of it's front, leaving only the shank, and the accubond also sheds too much of it's front for my liking. So if I could make the bullets behave the way I want, I guess I would have a swift a frame and a swift scirraco. Does that mean they would kill better? Not necessarily, but until tried, I won't know. For now, I am going to try some tipped tripple shocks and look for the outcome in the next several weeks.
Remington model 700 300 RUM LH 26" rem ss/blued receiver lam stock 215 Berger @3070/180 NAB @3300
Remington model 700 338 RUM LH 26" Bartlein 5C #4 Muscle Brake, blueprinted action, sako extractor, jewell trigger, bell and carlson Alaskan stock
Savage LH 22-250