Originally Posted by montana_native
I'm going to try my thirteen year old behind my 300 win with one of Hodgdon 'a youth loads. What would be a good 130-150 grain bullet that would have decent terminal ballistics at low impact velocities? I'd like her to be able to take an elk.
Youth loads will work fine on deer with many bullets, but elk are a different deal. Distances for elk tend to be a lot longer and the critters are a lot tougher.
I wouldn't hesitate to load a 125 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip at 2400 or so for deer, but most bullets that are stout enough for elk, won't expand reliably at those velocities. The 150 Nosler Partition is probably an exception. It has a soft lead core in the front half and will likely expand down to 1800 fps yet hold together well due to the partition design.