Originally Posted by runshort
We ended up booking a mule deer / elk hunt for the fall of this year and have been looking at what rifle to take since we have never had the opportunity to take an elk. The outfitter recommended nothing smaller than a .270 caliber with a 150 gr. bullet. We have a Rem. 700 in 7MM RM that we have used for deer hunting on crop fields using a 140 gr.bullet that works quite well on the smallish whitetails in this area. I handload for this rifle and was looking at the 160 gr.+ bullet since we may have a shot at an elk. I have not had any need in the past to use a heavier bullet and was wondering what kind of realistic velocity can be acheived with this caliber. I have seen several threads on the Nosler Accubond 160 and also the Berger 168. We have also looked at the 162 gr Hor. SST. Any info on the above bullets for this type of hunting would be greatly appreciated. I feel there are numerous members here that have been there and done that. Thanks again! Randall
I have no experience on elk, but know a few that have. A 140 would be adequate, so long as it was a well contructed bullet. If it were me, Id go with a 150 or 160 though. Still Id load a partition, accubond, TSX, or the like. No need to get any heavier than a 160 in my opinion. In a 24" bbl you can look at 3000-3050fps with 160s (factory fodder gives 2950, so you should be able to better that a little), and 3150-3200 with 150s. My 25.6" bbl gives 3080 with 160s (and could do more I suspect but it's so accurate there), and 3250 with 150s. From those that I know that have taken elk with 7mm's, a 150 or 160 at or near those velocities will be plenty. In a 26" bbl add @ 60-70fps to the 24" velocities.
Just so you know, I'm not a fan of loading bullets outside the "normal for caliber" bullets, IE 175s in the 7mm. If I need more than a 160, then I need to step up in caliber. Just my opinion.