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Old 06-07-2012, 12:26 AM
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Re: Bullet recommendations for 300WM

I have been using Barnes 168gr TTSX bullets for elk with great success. Kills have been made beyond 600yds. Bullet placement is key. Years ago I used 200gr Nosler Partitions. They didn't group consistently and I had to track several wounded animals. They were recovered.

I do agree with Bros comments about the wind factor with the heavier bullets. It's obvious he's keyed on using the longest barrel possible for a complete burn of the powders he's utilizing. The heavier a bullet is the less it drifts in high winds.

However, in my comparisons of the 168 Barnes and the 165gr Hornady Interbond. They both perform extremely well out to 700 yards. Every elk my brother, hunting buddies and I have killed with either bullets have extensive internal damage. None have required tracking.

If your shooting beyond 600 yards in steep high country with uphill/downhill shots, wind uplifts and cross winds your best bet is to go with the heaviest bullet your rifle can shoot accurately. You have less margin for error.

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Old 06-07-2012, 10:49 AM
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Re: Bullet recommendations for 300WM

Hornady superformance 180gr interbond ammo shoots sub 1/2" at 200 yards from my .300 win mag. This is what I will be using this year for Elk.
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:12 PM
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Re: Bullet recommendations for 300WM

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Good info, thank you. I have done some testing with Berger 190 & 210 Hunting VLDs. Shot some Nosler 200 Accubonds this weekend and just received a box of 180 Accubonds for the next range trip. Also trying H1000 powder. My initial work with the Bergers used Reloder 22 and IMR4350. Really like the accuracy and speed from RL22. I've heard some feedback on adverse temperature effects on RL22.
Don't worry so much about rl22 and velocity/pressure changes. If you aren't running right on the edge at below freezing temps. it won't be an issue. I've shot around 1000 rounds of 165 hornady f.b. with 78 rl22 in my browning 300, and the only thing it does is go from just over 3200 fps in zero degree weather to 3280 fps in 100 degree weather. I don't know why the sst's are so bad(and this isn't the first I've heard of this), but I'd whack just about anything with a regular hornady without even blinking. The only ones I've ever cought have hit at 1/4 mile or better and hit heavy bone, and they still held 60% weight or better.
I've worked with h4895 in my 25 wssm with 100 sierras, and it'll swing 140 fps, and it's an "Extreme" powder. Trouble is, the powder manufacturer can't control the primer, case, rifle, or other variables that really will drop your velocity in cold weather. I've had the Oehler out from -20 to 100+ degrees so I've been able to have a few chuckles from creative powder marketing.
That said, I would like to see some data on the newer Hodgdon powders as far as temp stability, as they may be better than a re-engineered powder. Real world, cold weather shooting, not freezer ammo, as all that proves is you can put your ammo in the freezer.
Heck, I should probably get some data together myself; I don't have any ledgers anymore now that I load at my house instead of my Dad's.

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Old 06-07-2012, 08:21 PM
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but I'd whack just about anything with a regular hornady without even blinking. The only ones I've ever cought have hit at 1/4 mile or better and hit heavy bone, and they still held 60% weight or better.
I've had the same experience with a good old 250 grain Hornady spire point. One shot at 460 yards, entered just at the first rib and traveled diagonally through the chest cavity of a bull and stopped under the skin on the far side after crushing the far side shoulder.

Still have the bullet!
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:09 AM
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I've had the same experience with a good old 250 grain Hornady spire point. One shot at 460 yards, entered just at the first rib and traveled diagonally through the chest cavity of a bull and stopped under the skin on the far side after crushing the far side shoulder.

Still have the bullet!
Man, it sounds like it did everything it could! Do you have a picture of it?
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Old 06-08-2012, 06:47 PM
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Man, it sounds like it did everything it could! Do you have a picture of it?
Man, have not looked at this bullet in a long time... been almost 15 years. Still has all the bone/hair/junk all over it too! Now I remember how shoulder bone was all broken and stuck around the bullet when I dug it out just under the hide.

I think this is an example of why so many guys love big heavy bullets to shoot elk. I loaded this before I ever had a chrono and shot it out of a 24" barrel. I'm guessing the muzzle velocity was about 2600 fps and where I hunt that puts the velocity around 1900 fps and ~2000 ft*lbs of energy at impact. Not a huge stress on the bullet but it still expanded, and I think the far shoulder is what mangled up the copper jacket. It weighed in at 190 grains so that's 76% weight retention.

Makes me want to load up some Berger Hunting 210's and see how they shoot! Also might try the 200 LRX since I have had so much luck with Barnes...
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