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Max effective range for a .308

What is the max range to take an Elk with a .308? I shoot Hornady Custom Match right now with 168 gr A-Max.

I am planning on beginning to reload next month, so if you have a good recipe for medium to big game, please let me know!

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    Re: Max effective range for a .308

    The rule of thumb is 1500 lbs. of energy. So 400 yards give or take?
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    Re: Max effective range for a .308

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    The rule of thumb is 1500 lbs. of energy. So 400 yards give or take?
    The minimum energy level to cleanly take game will always be up for debate
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    Re: Max effective range for a .308

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    The minimum energy level to cleanly take game will always be up for debate
    I agree but if someone ask me what amount of energy does it take to cleanly take a elk I will always use what seems to be the standard 1500 for elk 1000 ft lbs for deer. Now I have taken deer with a lot less energy but the placement was perfect.

    One when learning has to start somewhere and the above seem to be good numbers.
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    Re: Max effective range for a .308

    i would use a different bullet also with elk. amax's work fine and dandy with deer but i think you may want a stronger bullet with elk, like tsx, ttsx, bergers hunting vld, or the accubond
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    Would also depend on your rig, bullet and your load. If I put a 200 grain pill in my 26" barrel behind a stiff load of RL17 I might see 1500 out past 800...it all depends I guess. 165 Interbond in front of 44.5gr of Varget gives me 2000fps and 1471 at 400yards...marginal. Need to do more homework and figure out what works for you.

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    Re: Max effective range for a .308

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    i would use a different bullet also with elk. amax's work fine and dandy with deer but i think you may want a stronger bullet with elk, like tsx, ttsx, bergers hunting vld, or the accubond
    +1...Amax is a great bullet for deer, but you will want a tougher bullet for elk. Barnes, Bergers and Accubonds are all good options.

    Also, pretty much agree on 1500lbs for elk and 1000lbs for deer.
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