I have a .338RUM and am wondering what bullet weight you guys would recomend for long range ELK. I have been shooting 250 grains but am wanting to drop down for flatter shooting. Would you guys recomend ballistic tips?
What do you consider long range? I have shot the 225 Accubond out of my 338 RUM out to 600 yds with excellent accuracy and it bucks the wind fairly well. I don't think you will see a great deal of difference in the 225 AB with its BC of .550 vs the 300 gr SMK with its BC of a little over .7 out to 500 or 600 yds. Out past that, I think the higher BC 300 gr SMK would have a lot less wind drift and retain energy better. Nosler just introduced the 250 gr AB with a BC of .575 so there is another choice. I laid the smack down on a bull last year with the 225 AB and it performed well. I have read many posts regarding performance of the 300 SMK and it seems to work very well also.
The critters have to win every time, I only have to win once.
Maybe some one on here will run the #'s, and tell you at what point down range the 225 will be surpassed in wind drift, elevation, and compare energy between the 225AB and the 300SMK. I would find that very interesting as well. I think it will all come down to how far you are willing to harvest game at.
With a barometric pressure of 29.95 and a temperature of 30 degress and and a RH of 59, the 255 AccuBond will have 21 inches of wind drift in a 10 MPH cross wind at 600 yards with a muzzle velocity of 3300 FPS.
The 300 Grain SMK under the same conditions will drift 14.3 inches with a muzzle velocity odf 2791 FPS, which is my muzzle velocity
I ran the 250 SMK to 3197 FPS and the 300 SMK hits noticable harder at all ranges, no contest IMHO. The 255s will kill Elk for sure, but I am going with the 300 SMK in my Lapua for sure and certain
range it,check the wind, dial in correction, aim and only one shot