Originally Posted by mongoose
Just to be different, I am contemplating hunting antelope and elk this year with my L1A1 (FAL) and debating the best round to use for max ranges around 400m.
The rifle is service grade with a standard 21" barrel.
Any thoughts? I'm seriously leaning towards 168grn or 175grn rounds.
I was going to recommend that you use a pairing like a 165 grain SST for antelope and a 165 grain Interbond for elk. That should allow you to use the same load for both, with the same POI. The problem is that the Interbond bullet does not seem to be available.
I was looking for a similar pairing by other bullet makers. Nosler shows a 180 grain Ballistic Tip and a 180 grain Accubond.
You could maybe try a mono metal bullet of some kind (TTSX, GMX, or E-Tip) for both antelope and elk if your FAL will shoot them well.
Another option to consider might be the Berger 168 grain Classic Hunter hybrid. It could be a viable single bullet option, given that you won't be pushing it too fast.
I would expect component availability to figure prominently in which way you choose to go.
BTW, the standard twist for a FAL is 1:11, so your bullet choice will not be dictated by twist rate. Mag length will be the limiting factor.