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Unread 04-07-2012, 09:23 AM
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Bullet recommendations for 300WM

Preparing for my first Elk hunt and debating bullet selection. I have been shooting Hornady 180gr SST and 165gr SST bullets and wondering if I need a tougher bullet? Or if a 200gr is a better choice? I'm placing my max range between 500-600 yds.
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Unread 04-07-2012, 09:36 AM
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Re: Bullet recommendations for 300WM

I use have been using 210 Bergers in mine. Many elk down , and never tracked a one. This one was last season at 643 yards.


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Unread 04-07-2012, 10:59 AM
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Re: Bullet recommendations for 300WM

Broz I read your report on the 230 berger hybird. Which do you prefer for hunting, the 210 or 230? I was thinking about trying the hybird do to less sensitivty to seating depth. My 300wm is a factory gun, so I am limited by mag length. My fear has been that either the 210 or 230 will be to far off of lands. Any thoughts? I have been shooting 180 barnes and it shoots them well, butI wanted to try a heavier, higher bc bullet to extend my range. Thanks
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Unread 04-07-2012, 05:49 PM
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Re: Bullet recommendations for 300WM

jakes10mm---Go up to their Interbond for elk as the SST is not for that animal.
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Unread 04-07-2012, 08:23 PM
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Re: Bullet recommendations for 300WM

The SST bullets are not for elk. My experience with them was, my father tried them one year and they work well for head shots but are too explosive for chest shots. The one cow was shot at the point of the elbow and broke guts, blew a huge hole in and barely made it to the lungs. She went a ways and lay down, then was dispatched by a head shot. In the process she heaved stomach contents all the way up into her neck between the skin and muscle. It was disgusting! The other cow just stood there and took 4 chest shots at 400 yards. Animals do not deserve that.

I am a Barnes fan, but they lack the impressive B.C. and can be picky in certain rifles. I have not shot elk over 500 yards, only due to lack of opportunity. I have also begun to use Bergers and really like their ballistic performance so far, but have not killed elk with them YET. My two cows last year were killed with Barnes Bullets at less than 100 yards, but I have killed several from 400-500 yards. Small hole in, and a nice sized hole out, almost always.
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Unread 04-08-2012, 08:21 AM
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Re: Bullet recommendations for 300WM

I'm zeroing my newtome 300 win mag with 180 corelokt greenbox Rem ammo cause its cheap. Then once I get past 425y (our club range's current limit) I'll switch to Superformance 180SST. That should be good to 600y once that range is completed. Once I get to 600 and am happy I want to try 190 match ammo and go to the 1300y range about 30 min west of me. I find my 300 shoots sooo much better than the 3 7mm Rem Mags I had in the same rifle model. Good luck on yours.

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Unread 04-08-2012, 08:27 AM
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Re: Bullet recommendations for 300WM

I am a Barnes guy too although i have never shot an elk with Barnes i will be using them for wyomong elk this year. I do have three deer under my belt with Barnes and the farthest one went was rolling straight down the side of a mountain.

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