I really APPRECIATE all the feedback & help. I am an elk newbie. This feedback helps on my thoughts. I am gonna have to try some of the Federal loads with the 180 gr TSX. I got this rifle for my 25th wedding anniversary & it has been a Great shooter. The 165's were the 1st loads I shot out of it & it is under MOA out to 300 yards with these Barnes vortex loads. I have killed several muleys,but only 1 elk & it was a cow. Shot it with a 308 2 years ago. I was using the 180 gr MRX Barnes bullet & it did hammer her. Having not elk hunted or should I say hunted where there were many elk never got a chance on a legal bull. I have gotten pulled this year for a tag in a great area for bulls. Just want to make sure the 165's were heavy enough for a bull if I do my part. I have seen some boxes of the Federal loads for the 300 wsm with the 180 gr MRX still on shelves. I may try a box of these & see how they shoot in my gun. THANKS Again for all the thoughts & opinions.
Is the 165gr a good option for 30-06? We are planning our first Elk hunt and two of my hunting buddies are using 30-06. The 180 in 30-06 seems to lose steam fast. I'll be using my 300WM, so I'll go heavy, probably a 210 Berger at this point, but still working through my bullet options. The Barnes TTSX and Nosler Accubond are still in the running. Thinking the 165-168 level for the 30-06 might be the ticket for my 30-06 friends.
..................................I have seen some boxes of the Federal loads for the 300 wsm with the 180 gr MRX still on shelves. I may try a box of these & see how they shoot in my gun. THANKS Again for all the thoughts & opinions.
MRX: Better try them quick and if they work buy ALL you can find.....Discontinued a year or so ago. Good luck
Son, The first shot is the important one - the others just make him run faster! Grandpa 1949 NRA Life Member 1970
I LOVE Barnes 180gr TTSX in .30-06. I went to Colorado 10-21-12 hunting elk. I was a little worried about its expansion shooting long distance. I shot my first bull, a 4x5, at 530 yds. I shot him IN the shoulder. He dropped. I fired two additional shots to make sure he stayed down. Bullet went through shoulder blade, ribs, offside ribs and shoulder and out the other side. Two of Three bullets complete passthrough. Found third bullet under hide on offhand side with 3/4 expansion and weighed 170gr. I hunted at 10000 feet. I live at 3100 feet.
Less air density= Bullets Shoot further AND FLATTER. Bullets maintains speed longer= bullet is going faster when it reaches target because of ELEVATION. This is huge when using Barnes because you want to be assured of the expansion. At home (3,100 ft) at 530 yds bullet hits target at 1852 fps. At 10,000 ft bullet impacts 530 yd target at 2012 fps.