.338 bullet for elk?

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  1. midwesthunter

    midwesthunter Well-Known Member

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    I am prepairing well in advance for 2011 rifle elk hunt. I will be running a semi-custom 338 RUM. I thought I was going to shoot the 250 grain accubond. I still might. I found that hordnays match bullet is .675 BC, but doesn't recomend for game. I know people have used SMK for game and they don't recomend it. Then we have Rocky Mountain bullets with a .846 BC. Theses are a hunting bullet, but I havent heard much on them. Any one have experice with any of these?
     
  2. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    I've used the 250 Partion in the 338 Win mag on Elk, Moose, bear and deer. I've also use the 300 grain SMK in my 338 Lapua on Elk. The 300 SMK is an exceptional "long range bullet on Elk and will work up close if put in the rib cage area. At long range the bullet is fine for the shoulder bone,etc. 300 grain is a lot of lead in 338 caliber and wouncs are impressive
     

  3. mike33

    mike33 Well-Known Member

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    What will happen with the 300 smk say in the shoulder at close range on an elk, and what do you call close range?
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  4. wasgas

    wasgas Well-Known Member

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    250gr SGK...
     
  5. tysue

    tysue Active Member

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    In my 338/06 last year in Namibia, I used the 225gr 338 (though would go heavier, perhaps, in the RUM or 340, etc) Barnes TSX. It just cannot be beat. Go to Barnes site and ask for a copy of their new DVD on how their bullets work. I shot 18 head of game using this bullet, and if it hit where it was supposed to, they were down and out. Even when not placed exactly right (wind or range call wrong), they seemed to make the game sick enough, it just wondered around or stood there. Nothing took off and left. Shots were out to 375 yds, and short ones were 200. I used both a 338/06 and a 280 Remington, both with the Barnes TSX bullets.
     
  6. jcvibby

    jcvibby Non-Profit Sponsor

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    go with the 338 berger
     
  7. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    I worked up loads for both the 225 and 250 Accubonds because of performance on game .

    There are bullets with higher BCs but the Accubonds realy work for me EVERY TIME.

    with two drop charts I can switch to whatever I want to base on different conditions.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  8. Boman

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    I've been using 225 Barnes TTSX's in my .340wby. I'd check out the new Barnes 265gr or the new Berger bullets if I was starting new.
     
  9. midwesthunter

    midwesthunter Well-Known Member

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    I don't want to use the 300 SMK or Bergers, because it will be a standard chamber. From my understanding I would have to seat them deaper and loose FPS. I think 250 is the ticket. I have been looking into the barnes bullets, just heard lots of good and bad about the solid bullets. Can be pretty finiky. Now with the super high BC of the Rocky mountain bullets, has me leaning that way. But they have a price to go with them. So I think I'm down to accubond or rocky mountain
     
  10. tysue

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    Actually, the Barnes bullets are very accurate, and stories about their being finicky not true or old, like the copper fouling ones, from 25 years ago. People hear this stuff and just keep repeating it without ever having used them, or checking up on them. The Barnes bullets are as accurate, weight wise, as any out there, as material they're made from all the same, with no weight variance for the lead. I can shoot 5 shot groups under an inch all day long, with my 338/06 and the 225gr TSXs.
     
  11. Boman

    Boman Well-Known Member

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    I agree with Tysue, those stories about Barnes not being accurate are from the old X's. The new TSX and TTSX are very accurate. I've shot them in about 10 different rifles and the all shot very well. The key that I've find is to drive them up near max load.
     
  12. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    The very long range hunting bullet to day for the 338 Lapua, Edge and the 338 Chey Tac wildcats is the 300 SMK. The only major buulet maker that has a bullet with the potential to exceed the 300 SMK, is the new 300 grain from Berger. The 300 SMK is a very proven long range hunting bullet. Darle Casell killed a bull elk at 2100 yards with the 399 SMK.

    The following is an Elk that goodgrooper took at 1410 yards with the 300 SMK


    http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f17/1410-yard-cow-elk-38061/


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  13. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    Here is another thread with 2 Moose over 900 yards taken wwith the 300 SMK


    http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f17/2-moose-over-900-yards-24248/

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  14. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    Shawn Carlock uses the 300 SMK in his 338 Edge and has taken a lot of game with them.

    My 338 Lapua has taken 2 Deer and 1 Elk all were 1 shot kills. There is absolutely no flies on the 300 SMK for game