Re: Do you hunt with a clean bore?
We have a 5 day season in NM. I follow the advice on Precision Rifle's website. I clean between every shot. I always hunt with a clean barrel. The shot I count at the range is the first one in a cold barrel. It is a pain, but the results are worth it.
I bought a Bergara barrel 45x209 for my Encore. It shoots the 180 gr. QT bullets with 120 gr. of Buckhorn (expensive stuff) very nicely. 1-3/4" group, 3 shots, 200 yards. The 300 plus grain bullets from Precision Rifle bullets are great on deer. I'm going to try the lighter bullets on deer this year. Every one I've hit dropped in its tracks, out to 200 yards. Beyond that range, they don't do quite as well.
I don't like them as much for elk, because they expand to 1" diameter, and don't penetrate that well. I used to get 400 gr. QT's for elk, and they work well. Killed a nice bull at 225, but it was a quartering shot through some paunch and into the heart. It only penetrated 1" into the heart. If I'd missed the heart, I'd have probably lost the elk. My buddy made a double lung shot at 200 yards and got pass through penetration. We're using Kahnke rifles with 30 inch barrels to take advantage of 150 grain loads. I haven't found an elk load that does what I think it should. It almost always takes two or three shots. A friend shot high and far back on the spine, and the bullet broke the spine, and shattered bone down into the top of the lung. Dropped the cow in her tracks and she sprayed blood from the lungs. Dead before we could walk the 80 yards to her. I hit one at 90 yards at the front shoulder, and the pure lead bullet split in two and went through neck and lung. Cracked the shoulder bone, but the cow ran 75 yards.