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Old 08-14-2011, 05:50 PM
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I shot a beauty of a bull elk in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Western Montana 3 years ago. Although I was practiced with my 7-mag to 500 yards, it wasn't necessary as I got lucky & had the bull present a standing broadside at 27 feet, yes all of 9 yards! I was shooting 160 grain Accubonds & put one right behind the shoulder to destroy his lungs. He immediately sprayed blood from his nose & mouth but my guide said to shoot him again to keep him from running off a cliff & shattering his antlers. I put a round square in the front shoulder and the bullet didn't reach the chest cavity. The bullet lost it's energy in the 6" of muscle that was between my rifle & his shoulder bone. Not even a fragment made it to the chest cavity. You can be certain I won't recommend Accubonds or shoulder shots on elk! (I also picked up a .300 Weatherby for my next elk outing.)
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Old 08-14-2011, 06:37 PM
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Well, that was about a 3,000 fps impact velocity...

A 27' shot is on one extreme end of the bell curve, no doubt.

BTW - congrats on the bull elk!
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:09 PM
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Sounds like the shoulder shot worked but at 27ft.at 3000 plus anywhere on the body would have prettymucj the same results.good hunting. And good shooting.1300 meters.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:47 PM
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Well again. Did the accu bond fail to open? if you read a lot of threads a pattern starts to develop. That's the reason I stick to my Berbers and barnes bullets.and so far (knock on wood ) the high shoulder anchors em. From 100 to 1100 yds. I would never shoot any animal in low light am or pm. Tendency to abbot low. Good hunting and good luck 1300 meters.

It opened up early, tore the hell out of the shoulder muscle & stopped at the leg bone. All the damage was to the muscle & no damage was to the vitals. What may work well at 500 yards can't always handle the velocity of point-blank shooting. Being fair to the Accubond, this was a HUGE bodied elk, not the world's biggest rack, but more muscle than any other elk I've seen on the ground. Thankfully the first shot destroyed the lungs.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:51 PM
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Well, that was about a 3,000 fps impact velocity...

A 27' shot is on one extreme end of the bell curve, no doubt.

BTW - congrats on the bull elk!


Thanks! I got to watch it for over a minute at that range without it having a clue I was there. It stormed in looking for the horny cow that it KNEW was waiting for it. When it bugled at that range it was something to remember. The guide asked what took me so long to shoot it. I told him that after it stormed in & my cross-hairs were on target I could take time to enjoy the sight as it wasn't getting away!
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Old 08-14-2011, 10:05 PM
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Hunting elk in the rut is pretty awesome stuff...
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Old 08-14-2011, 10:18 PM
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Hunting elk in the rut is pretty awesome stuff...


Amen to that!
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