Ladies and Gentlemen,, the 30-06 is way better than 300 yards.
I looked into Hodgdon reloading charts for the 30-06 on bullets of 150 gr,
160, 180, 200 and 210 gr. to get the best velocities.
I used BC's for Nosler Accubond bullets which are better long rangers than
Barn x. And for the 210 I used the BC for Berger VLD. The velocity for the Berger
is pretty hot in my opinion. Here are the results... At 5000 ft of altitude.
Hodgdon charts had no info for the 210 so I had to use a software to calculate it.
The 200 and the 210 were so close for Energy that I just went with the
This clearly tells me with the 200 I'm good all the way to 700 yards on elk.
Years ago an old poster ran some testings and found out that to break both shoulders
on el Elk you only needed 870 ftlbs of energy, (or something close to it)
1500 ft lbs is almost double that and no one should be complaining about not
having enough energy.
Obviously the worst advice for long range shooing on Elk would be the 150 gr. Sure
it will kill it at 300 yards but not with the authority the 200 grains will; besides what if
you can't get closer and the trophy is at 600 or 700? I would be ready with the accubond
200 grainer. Forget the 150, that's not even good for plinking! OK! we can use it for plinking!
I definitely believe that the Nosler 200 gr. with its BC will make any 30-06 Elk hunter
a happy hunter.
The real kicker is in wind bucking abilities. Oh yes! The error you make in judging the wind
is increased by the lack of BC on the 150 gr. bullet. On the other hand the 200 will help
you much better.
When using Berger bullets all the numbers go up looking even better.