338, I t had so much E that it took the hole set up threw the OSB. If any bullet that can shoot threw 3-4 inches of solid nuckle bone, wont be good for much else like expanding. What is you elk experiance, I have been at 100's of elk kills. I have shot a pile of elk w/ basic 225 hornady, under $20 for 100 when I was shooting them. Taken elk w/243 100 spitzer and my son also, 7RM, many bullets, 325wsm, Nab, Barnes, Partitions, bt's all with my 340,plus 15 bulls with arrow. Bear, Thunderhead,Mowdock,Muzzy, Steel Force,Montec,Phathead
In my opinion the 180 Berger would be the go to bullet for the OP, this being long range hunting. I would shoot an elk of my toes with it but I alway put my shot placement in the crease behind the shoulder, this puts the bullet that will open aggresively right in the boiler room which will shred all the life out of that elk. On the long side I like to keep the impact velocity above 1800 fps or keep it in the range I can put a bullet through the vital with confidence.
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If they are at 17 yards (my closest) or well past 400 (my farthest) I want a hole out the opposite side with blood I can follow. I do not want a mass of jelly on the inside of an elk, while its running, downhill, 4 or 500 yards in the dense timber with 20 of its friends leaving no blood trail. I have not seen that performance with the mono's. Of course I have seeen it with the PT as most others have also. Most of the elk I have killed, have run (its a distrubing trait of elk) most only a short distance some a lot farther. Recovery is easier with blood. My first elk (1961) was shot with a 180 gr PT, at 100 yards going away, she was walking straight away down a steep hill, the bullet went in forward of the udder and came out the chest. Lots of blood and a blood trail I could follow even in the fir. Just my 02
sp6x6 i also have been at 100's elk kills in my home state of Idaho, and montana, colorado and washington, ive shot bull elk from spikes to 350" bulls, to say that im an elk hunting junkie is an understatement...as soon as idaho made it to were i could buy two elk tags i did and every year since ive killed two six points or bigger with my bow and rifle an called in to many big bulls to mention for my huntin buddies and myself with archery tackle Ive shot piles of giant whitetail bucks, a few mule deer, alaskan bullmoose, a shiras moose, tons of black bear and the list goes on and on, ive shot elk with calibers from a 243 all the way up to the hammer 416 rigby throwing a 400 gr bullet at 2700 fps, my favorite being the 300 rum 200 gr accubond 338 rum 225 gr accubond, and the 338 edge 300 gr berger ever since i had my first one built, but this is not about me, its about setandglass wanting to know what we all thought about a good close range bullet if the shot presented its self, and i disagree that the berger is a close range go to bullet, if he isnt interested in shooting past a 1000 why not shoot the accubond when it out performes the berger then he wont have to worry at all, and this being longrangehunting i said that the berger was a good bullet for that app. If he goes with the Berger, stick with the 180 out of all of them, and the 160 with the accubond because thats the only heavier weight they make in the caliber (wish they made a 180 that would be sweet) as for the whole bone through the OSB ya thats impressive, was it the 300 gr otm or other, if it was the 300 yes they do have a **** ton of energy, the thing is the bullet has to perform through hide, muscle, tendons, vesels, cartlige, ribs, shoulder blades and then they get the good stuff and hopefully out the other side.
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