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Unread 07-11-2013, 01:43 PM
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what is the best bullet for hunting elk

I was just looking for advise on bullets for a 300 win mag for elk hunting. I want good penetration at close and long range as well as good expansion. I was thinking about going with berger bullets but I seen a post on here showing how they did not perform the was they should have.
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    Re: what is the best bullet for hunting elk

    First and foremost find a bullet that shoots well in your gun. If you do a few simple searches on here you will find posts about every bullet made supposedly not performing. I've had great luck with both Accubonds and Bergers. Shoot only Bergers now. Pick an appropriate weight bullet and put it in the right spot.
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    Unread 07-11-2013, 07:56 PM
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    Hera ya go read this and see for yourself. 19 documented big game one shot kills with a 300 win and the same Bullets, all the same season. Including elk from 200 yards to antelope at 1285 yards.

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    Comparing the Berger 210 VLD to the 215 Hybrid
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    Re: what is the best bullet for hunting elk

    180 grain sierra prohunter or a nos ballistic tip. All the bullet you need for alot less money.
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    Re: what is the best bullet for hunting elk

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    Hera ya go read this and see for yourself. 19 documented big game one shot kills with a 300 win and the same Bullets, all the same season. Including elk from 200 yards to antelope at 1285 yards.

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    +1. Also for the OP's consideration, 210gr Berger VLD and 200 NAB.

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    180 grain sierra prohunter or a nos ballistic tip. All the bullet you need for alot less money.
    With all due respect, it's not necessarily true. I'm a big NBT fan on deer size game and smaller at 500 yards and closer but not sure nor have any experience on elk size game. I prefer the 200gr NAB over the 180 gr NBT.

    Here's just a quick comparison on price ...

    180gr NBT = $21.49/50
    Nosler Ballistic Tip Hunting Bullets 30 Cal (308 Diameter) 180 Grain

    200gr NAB = $32.48/50
    Nosler AccuBond Bullets 30 Cal (308 Diameter) 200 Grain Bonded Spitzer

    210gr Berger VLD = $47.99/100
    Berger Hunting Bullets 30 Cal (308 Diameter) 210 Grain VLD Hollow

    215gr Berger Hybrid = $52.99/100
    Berger Hybrid Target Bullets 30 Cal (308 Diameter) 215 Grain Hollow

    230gr Berger Hybrid = $52.99/100
    Berger Hybrid Target Bullets 30 Cal (308 Diameter) 215 Grain Hollow

    There was a thread quite some time ago, that Kirby Allen (IIRC, but please don't quote me on this ... and I apologize if that was not the case) where he recommended the Nosler Accubonds for <500 yards and the Berger VLDs for >500 yards - ?.

    As already noted, shot placement is instrumental. Good luck and happy safe shooting.
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    claim what you want. everyone has an opinion. Mine is that if you shoot an elk behind the shoulder with a 180 ballistic tip out of a fricking 300 mag your going to eat elk tommarow. Shoot one in the but running away if your that kind of hunter then maybe its not enough bullet. But id have to pass on that shot or any questionalble shot. Id like to know how many elk have been killed with 270s using 130 grain ballistic tips and seirras and other cup and core bullets. Id bet over the years its been 10s of thousands. It wasnt till but a few years ago that the flood of premium bullets hit the market. Seems like to me anyway lots of hunters ate elk meat before that and were not talking a 270, were talking a 300 MAG!!!!
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    claim what you want. everyone has an opinion. Mine is that if you shoot an elk behind the shoulder with a 180 ballistic tip out of a fricking 300 mag your going to eat elk tommarow. Shoot one in the but running away if your that kind of hunter then maybe its not enough bullet. But id have to pass on that shot or any questionalble shot. Id like to know how many elk have been killed with 270s using 130 grain ballistic tips and seirras and other cup and core bullets. Id bet over the years its been 10s of thousands. It wasnt till but a few years ago that the flood of premium bullets hit the market. Seems like to me anyway lots of hunters ate elk meat before that and were not talking a 270, were talking a 300 MAG!!!!
    Did I say anything wrong with the 180gr NBT?


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    With all due respect, it's not necessarily true. I'm a big NBT fan on deer size game and smaller at 500 yards and closer but not sure nor have any experience on elk size game. I prefer the 200gr NAB over the 180 gr NBT.

    As already noted, shot placement is instrumental. Good luck and happy safe shooting.
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