Re: Nosler Accubond Performance
I think you got exactly what the bullet is designed to do. You used a true big game hunting bullet and got the correct results.
What did the lungs look like? I suspect that they had a couple of large holes through them and they were completely blood shot. Perfect. Highly frangible bullets are not good elk medicine. Big holes on the exit side of an elk rarely happen.
In my opinion the 180g AB is too frangible for the magnum calibers unless you limit your shooting to beyond 300 or 400 yards. People mistake caliber size exit holes for non performing bullets and this is a mistake. It is also a mistake to expect any big game animal to drop on the shot. Unless you disrupt the central nervous system.
I am not trying to lecture, I just think that people hear about the drt shots and expect that to happen when rifle hunting. It is the rare shot that this happens.
Congratulations on your elk. Good shooting.
To hunt... or not to hunt...? What a stupid question.