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338 bullet selection for Elk

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Unread 05-21-2011, 10:35 PM
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Re: 338 bullet selection for Elk

Of all the bullets I have used the Accubonds have performed the most consistant on game
of all sizes included Elk.

Nothing wrong with other brands mentioned, I just find that the Accubond is more consistant
at point of impact velocities.

For the 338 I prefer the 225 or 250 grain bullets out to 1000 yards beyond that the 300 grain
SMK is a good choice because of accuracy (Even though I don't like using a Match bullet to
hunt with) but until someone comes out with a 300 grain hunting bullet that Is my best option.

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Unread 05-21-2011, 10:50 PM
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Re: 338 bullet selection for Elk

I have had pretty good results with 225 accubonds, I have tried to make the bullet fail with close shots and tried to stop 3 with frontal shots on white tails two years ago and I couldn't get one to stop. All DRT. I was finally able to recover an accubond last year on a frontal quartering shot on a big muley. Broke on side shoulder and was recovered under the hide back by the far side ham. DRT. I also had similar results on elk.

One year I tried 250 gr partitions and killed a nice 6 point bull at 542 yards. Broke shoulder, but could hardly see the wound going into the chest cavity. Bullet shed too much of its frontal area in the shoulder and it appeared only the shank went into the boiler room.

I killed several good bulls with 210 gr barnes X xlc being driven at 3350 and they performed well. Recovered one bullet on a cow elk that I finished off for my brother at about 550 yards. Broke both shoulders, DRT and recovered the bullet with a perfect mushroom minus one pedal in the off side shoulder.

I have loaded some Hornady 225 interbonds and they are shooting about the same as the accubonds in testing, but I haven't taken any game with them.

Sierra game kings seem to be a very good bullet also, but I am wanting to stay with 225's and the sierra is only offered in a 215 or 250.

Swift makes an awesome bullet for up close and personal in the A-Frame, but the B.C. is a bit low for long shots. The Scirraco II is a good bullet with a decent B.C. but is only 210 grains.
Remington model 700 300 RUM LH 26" rem ss/blued receiver lam stock 215 Berger @3070/180 NAB @3300/Leupold 6.5-20x50
Remington model 700 338 RUM LH 26" Bartlein 5C #4 Muscle Brake, blueprinted action, sako extractor, jewell trigger, bell and carlson Alaskan stock/Black cera coat/Sightron SIII 8-32x56 moa reticle, external elevation turret
Savage LH 22-250/Sightron 4-16
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