Re: looking for a good .308 bullet for elk
I have experience with the 185 and 190 VLDs at 70 to >450 yds on deer and elk at '06 and SAUM velocities (2750-2850mv), forward ribs shots, angles close to broadside, and have had good exits every time, about 1.5" diameter. I know my experience doesn't mesh with others' reports, but with near a dozen animals killed quickly and cleanly this way, I trust these bullets at the ranges you mentioned, OP, because 600 is my outer limit too. The Bergers anchor them. I've not stopped a Berger once, even with a steeply rear quartering lung shot at maybe 15 yds on a meat buck, which turned out the lights, and though I found fragments all through the chest cavity, there was an exit hole. I know folks say these bullets disintegrate at close range, but I haven't seen it at the velocities my brother and I shoot. I have Accubonds, Interbonds, SST's, Partitions, but I have only used the softer bullets since I started hunting with Bergers. Along with the VLD's, I also like the 180 Speer, and 180 and 200 Sierra BTSP . I shoot for the ribs, prefer non-magnum velocity and recoil, and the kills are fast. If there is a blood trail, it's like a bucket sloshing. Just my experience. Take from it whatever you will.
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