Originally Posted by Topgun 30-06
blackaj---May I ask what bullets were used on those two instances you mentioned using the .308? It sounds to me like they weren't a bonded bullet!
I used federal factory 180 grain ammo so it was not bonded bullets, however I did recover all of the bullets that were fired and they retained an average of 80% weight. the expansion was a text book mushroom with the jacket intact to the core, at low 308 velocities (2600 fps with 180's) I don't think a bonded bullet would be necessary in improving penetration.
I would definitely blame the lack of killing power on lack of power from the round.
I know that people always have a story about dropping an elk in it's tracks from a well placed shot with a .243, this may be the case in ideal conditions but any elk hunter knows that ideal only happens consistently at the range.
Bottom line: don't chance it! there is nothing worse than the feeling of making an animal suffer because some dim wit told you that an elk will drop with a 243/308.