Re: 30.06 plenty gun for elk?
Target bullets have light, very light in fact, jackets. they are so light they are more like a varmint bullet. so I would assume that you retained hardly any weight. did you weigh the bullet that you retrieved from the cow? a hunting bullet is made to maintain its weight which retains its inertia instead of petering out. there are lots of guys that have shot elk from 1000 yards. I would say you need a different bullet.