I live in north San Diego County and hunt in southwest Colorado. If you are familiar with CO we hunt in Unit 71 out of Dolores. Beautiful country and if you know where to look just tons of elk.
In the past I have taken elk with my 06, 300 WinMag. I finally got the money to buy what I think is a balance of power and accuracy. I will asking for help with loads for this rifle. I went hunting last season with 165grn Barnes TTSX bullets over 96.5grns of RL 25 stuffed in Remington brass and lit by Fed 215M primers. As the charge increased the group size decreased and then I ran out of time.
What I would like to come up with is a load that will shoot the 165grn bullets.
I have less than 80 rounds through the gun and I believe that it should shoot .375 to .500 inch groups at a 100 yards.
Anybody have much experience with this cartridge?
I am not a fan of the heavier bullets. Don't know why; just believe the extra weight isn't necessary. Having said that I will shoot the lighter bullets until I don't think they work. My philosophy is accuracy first bullet performance second. A bullet in the eye will kill every time. A twelve inch circle with the best bullet will kill but not as fast as one to the head! I don't head shoot anymore but I am still really big on accuracy.
I have seen some post on other sites that expressed concern over the coating on the Berger bullets. My gut says there is no issue. What have you heard or know about the moly coatings?