Re: Which 30 Cal. for elk? (New Member)
Well, shooting a 300 Tomahawk (300RUMimp) with 240 SMKs at about 3k will net you about 2000 ftlbs at 1k. A 300 WM or WeM shooting a 220 SMK at about 3000fps will get you about 1600 ftlbs at 1k. That is based on 5000 ft ASL. Bullet placement is more important than energy, but if you put the bullet in the right spot with no energy, where are you at then?
These values are quite conservative. DC was/is shooting 190 gr Berger VLDs in his long-barreled 300 Tomahawk at 3600 fps.
Bottom line is, any of the 30 cal mags from 300 WM up will do the trick if you are up to it. Some are just more forgiving with the drifts.