Long Range Hunting Online Magazine

Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Hunting > Elk Hunting

Elk Hunting Techniques For Elk Hunting


What is the minimum amount of ft. lbs needed

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-11-2010, 04:31 PM
Platinum Member
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Northern Id.
Posts: 3,384
Re: What is the minimum amount of ft. lbs needed

Originally Posted by theodore View Post
Three things:
1st- I'm not offended

2nd- I love the 7mm 168 vld for elk, they are not consistent for pass through but the hydraulic shock is really high with wound channels as large as 18".

3rd-1000fps? I would love to know a bullet that works on game at 3000fps and still expands consistently at 1000fps. A-max has the lowest impact velocity that I know of which is around 1400fps(I could be wrong and it could be lower than I thought). Hitting an animal with a bullet that doesn't expand releases nearly zero amount of energy into the game and is like hitting them with a broadless arrow. Generally 2000fps is the rule of thumb for minimum impact velocity.

The minimum amount of ft. lbs needed on elk really does depends on the bullet. They are all different.
I agree with Theo on this one. While ft. lbs. are a consideration, the bullet IMHO is a greater factor. You can have two bullets that theoretically should deliver the same amount of energy based on weight and velocity and perform "completely" different on an animal. What happens inside the animal is what kills and ft lbs has less to do with it than other factors. That being said, a bullet delivering a very low amount of energy will normally not allow a bullet to perform up to its potential. Also, the elapsed time that a bullet takes to expend its energy inside an animal greatly affects the type and amount of damage caused even if the total energy expended is equal. This why a Berger and an accubond of the same wt. and velocity form different wound channels and could perform better or worse depending on the circumstances even though they both deliver equal energy. I don't mean to sound like the amount of energy delivered is of no value, but I do think it is often over rated. OK, I now have my flak jacket on...Rich
Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2014, 01:20 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 1
Re: What is the minimum amount of ft. lbs needed

The Myth of Minimum Impact Energy | Winchester World of Whitetail

Here is a good article explaining those high numbers to be a myth
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads for: What is the minimum amount of ft. lbs needed
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Amount of freebore in a 300 RUM Gary Morgan Gunsmithing 3 07-13-2010 08:15 AM
How much does the amount of powder affect accuracy? KQguy Reloading 5 01-03-2008 07:34 PM
What minimum Vel. is needed for Barnes TSX to expand? CanadianLefty Rifles, Bullets, Barrels and Ballistics 3 02-21-2005 05:22 PM
Does recoil come from the amount... trader388 The Basics, Starting Out 6 03-13-2004 02:13 AM
Kinda OT: It appears a good amount of.... Nodak7mm Long Range Hunting & Shooting 0 11-01-2002 07:20 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:54 AM.

Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC