Re: 25-06 elk bullet recommendations?
I would have to take great exception to the last post showing the 117grain Hornady SST as an elk bullet. Hornady designed the SST for rapid expansion and they recommend it for small game like antelope. The Interbond is designed for controlled deep penetration which is needed for an animal the size of elk or moose and in the 25-06 it is not a 500 yard cartridge for elk or moose. A person should really move up to a 30 caliber for that size game because, although a 25-06 can do the job, why handicap yourself and have to worry about making a perfect broadside shot at a shorter range when many times a bull isn't going to give that shot. I even quit using the SST for deer in my 30-06 because the expansion was way to fast and I almost lost a cow elk when I forgot to change from the SST to my Interbonds. I shot her broadside at last light at about 125 yards with a 150 grain SST by mistake and it blew up on her near rib and was not pretty. By the time we found her late the next morning I lost half the meat due to souring by the time I got it into the processor. That is the only time I have ever lost any meat from over 100 big game animals in 50 years of hunting.
Last edited by Topgun 30-06; 07-27-2011 at 01:24 PM.