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Old 05-11-2014, 05:09 PM
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looking for a good .308 bullet for elk

I have found an outfitter and now i am wanting a good bullet to drop elk with. I have some 190gr berger vld hunting bullets but haven't used them on game. I will be taken 2 rifles and if possible would like to use same bullet in both rifles. Will be using 308, 30-06, 300wm, & or 300rum. Not sure that 308 will get much velocity but if it would handle the heavy bullets it would be less weight. Please give thoughts and opinions. Never been on an elk hunt and don't want to mess it up if given the chance for the shot. I would also like to be able to have a bullet that will stay stable out to 600yds or possibly further. I hope to have one within bow range but want to have a bullet capable of an ethical kill at a long range if that is all that presents itself. I want to get started on load development now so I can get the loads worked and the practice in before the hunt is here. Thanks James
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Old 05-11-2014, 06:20 PM
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Re: looking for a good .308 bullet for elk

This year I'm running the Berger 215 in my 308 Win, it's the go to bullet for the 300 Win as well.
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Old 05-11-2014, 06:30 PM
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Re: looking for a good .308 bullet for elk

Wow......only the caliber with the longest list of choices . Any mid to heavy bullet that will penetrate without disintegrating. With the cartridges you have listed I would say 180 grain and up. Hornady interbond, Nosler accubond, Nosler partition (never been a favorite of mine but many like it), Swift Scirocco (kinda overpriced), Berger hunting bullets, Barnes (good choice for 100% weight retention).

I have had very impressive results with Combined Technology 180 grain ballistic silvertips for both accuracy and penetration, although they do quite a lot of damage at close range.
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Old 05-11-2014, 10:28 PM
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Re: looking for a good .308 bullet for elk

I cant say which bullet to use, but Im taking my 3006 shooting 200gr accubonds as a back up this year for my 300 RUM shooting the 230gr berger hybrids with me to Colorado this October. Not sure if that helps or not.
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Old 05-11-2014, 11:39 PM
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Re: looking for a good .308 bullet for elk

168 TTSX. End of story.
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Re: looking for a good .308 bullet for elk

215 Berger
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Re: looking for a good .308 bullet for elk

I'm in the same position. First elk hunt.

300RUM, I'm working on 200LRX
300 Why, 180 TTSX
338 if its still WinMag then 185 TTSX but if it makes it to 338/26 Nosler then CEB 252 MTH
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