He prefers to go for the shoulder shot on elk.... Is there any concern with doing that with this type of ammo? (Or any other concerns with using this brand/ make of ammo for an elk hunt) Max range he's comfortable with is 400yds.
I've read that post before. Respectfully, it seems an equal amount of people are on either side of the fence as it pertains to shot placement preference...Some like it some dont. Personally, I prefer double lung/heart shots(aiming for the pocket)...but my dad prefers High shoulder. Given his preference, I'm curious as to the performance of this ammuntion on high shoulder shots.
My input is on the side of not doing it with a .30 caliber 180 grain bullet. I've seen the Nosler 180 partition fail twice on that shot 1x on an old bull elk, the other on a moose. .300 Winchester magnum both times. Both were recovered due to follow up shots. The subject won't be less controversial a second time around. In this scenario bullet mass is your friend, if you're looking for reliability. It can happen, and it can fail.
That aside I wouldn't let it interfere with time in the field with your Dad.
Hunters are using Bergers in the shoulders all the time. For me, I load a 168 Barnes TSX and TTSX with Reloder 19 powder and H4350 (Reloder 19, by the way, is one of the most under utilized powders in the .06 even though it's one of the BEST). And That is what I'd use on an elk and I would always aim for shoulder.