Re: Best .308 Win Bullet for Elk
I love Nosler bullets. Accubonds and Partitions are about all I shoot at game anymore. That being said I wanted a do it all bullet for my .308 that could tackle whatever I come across when hunting without changing loads and bullet weight for different species or ranges. I have settled on the Speer 180 Spitzer Boat Tail. It has a BC of .540! Better than the 180AB @ .507 and the 180PT @ .474. I like to think of it as everything the Partition is but with a BC that can be respected in the long range community. Not flashy but VERY functional!
"The 180 grain Speer BTSP is, regardless of its weight, still a good performer on light or lean bodied game. Kills can be slightly delayed at impact velocities below 2200fps yet it is not unreasonable to ask this bullet to tackle lean bodied deer out to ranges of around 500-600 yards. Suffice to say, the 180 grain Speer BTSP expands at low impact velocites.. This bullet is well suited to game weighing between 70kg and 180kg and is adequate for use on Elk sized game, especially as velocity drops below 2000fps. This is a bullet that can be put to purpose. Furthermore, its BC is almost identical to the 175 grain Berger VLD, food for thought."
-Excerpt from Ballisticstudies.com
Say it leaves the muzzle at 2620fps. At 450 yards it is still at almost 1950fps and over 1500 ft lbs, drop is 33.6" with a 220 yard zero.
This bullet has built up a lot of trust with me and it hasn't let me down yet. From point blank to farther than most would hunt with a 308. See if your rifle will shoot it. Oh and it is have the price of my beloved Noslers.
I would confidently shoot all three bullets listed for elk to 400+.