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.