Originally Posted by agdavis
I agree about the shot placement and that elk can seem like they will not go down with one bullet but later do, I have had a little experience with it. I just have some questions, what does anyone think about the Hornaday H.I.T.S. rating and dose anybody have a good rule of thumb regarding bullet expansion requirements. I asked Hornaday and they did not really answer my question. I also shoot a 30-06; I am going to use the Hornaday Superformance 150Grn SST and with that in mind should I use the 1000ftp of energy in mind?
I have used a 06 for deer and elk exclusively for many years. The load I used last season 190gr Berger @ 2680 fps work perfectly dropping a elk and a ranged distance of 489 yards.
Energy is important but more so is the bullets performance. Berger recommends a minimum bullet speed at impact of no less than 1800 fps and this is what I set my max distance at if the energy is sufficient and it usually is. Exbal shows the load above runs out of gas at 700 yards and the energy is around 1370 ft-lbs so I don't shoot anything except coyotes beyond that.
Ask Hornady again as to the slowest fps recommend for proper bullet expansion and if they don't give you a solid answer switch bullets!
A bullet to really look at in the near future for the 06 is the new Nosler Long Range Accubond . The 30 cal 190gr bullet has a BC of 640 and a minimum impact speed of 1300 fps. If those things are true it will be a great bullet for the 30-06.