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Old 07-26-2011, 08:54 PM
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Re: 25-06 elk bullet recommendations?

My vote is for the 110gr Accubond as well but chose your shots carefully. Elk are tough.
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:20 AM
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Re: 25-06 elk bullet recommendations?

In order of choice
Barns 115-gr TSX
Nosler 120 gr Partition
Hornady 117 gr SST
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Old 07-27-2011, 01:15 PM
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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.

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Old 07-27-2011, 04:20 PM
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Re: 25-06 elk bullet recommendations?

yeah sorry i meant Interbond not sst
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Old 07-27-2011, 04:35 PM
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Re: 25-06 elk bullet recommendations?

No problem and glad we got it cleared up. I have actually gone to Hornady BTSPs in 117 grains for my 25-06 and 150 grains for my 30-06s for deer using IMR 4350 for both calibers. Then I just move to the same weight Interbond for elk and they both shoot to the same POI, so it's nice to be able to use them interchangeably without having to rezero scopes. The BTSPs have not failed me on antelope or deer and none have hardly moved from their tracks when hit through the lungs. Elk are a big critter and can take some lead even with a perfect shot and I have always felt that as long as they are on their feet and you can see them to keep putting it to them!
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Old 07-27-2011, 09:42 PM
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Re: 25-06 elk bullet recommendations?

I took my first elk last year with my 25 Bobcat ( 25 WSM ) using the sierra 100 gr. bt spitzer. 1 shot kill at 450 yards. Vel. 3625.
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Old 07-28-2011, 11:45 AM
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Re: 25-06 elk bullet recommendations?

Shot placement and bullet construction are very important when using a smaller caliber on larger game. Barnes, Nosler Partition or E-Tips are excellent bullets capable good weight retention and excellent expansion. Those would be my chioces.
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