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Discussion in 'Elk Hunting' started by rwk, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. rwk

    rwk Well-Known Member

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    Will a 185 gr. ttsx in a 338 win. work for elk.
     
  2. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

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    absolutely
     

  3. marioq

    marioq Well-Known Member

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    X1

    If a 180 from 7mm will work I would say a 185 from. 338 traveling at 3300 fps or so will do the job!!
     
  4. Engineering101

    Engineering101 Well-Known Member

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    rwk

    I use the 210 grain TTSX in my 338 RUM. It has a higher BC than the 185 grainer and thus bucks the wind a tad better. This combination took down a nice 6X6 bull 2 years ago. The bull was 358 yards at a 21 degree down angle. He was double lunged with a broadside shot and went about 20 yards and pilled up. Having said all that either bullet will totally hammer an elk.
     
  5. Landkiller

    Landkiller Well-Known Member

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    Oh yea, a 185gr. Barnes in a 338WM will get er' done. Killed several with that bullet, never had one go over 20 yds.
     
  6. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

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    If I remember correctly, it was stated that the 185 .338 Barnes X was the favorite big game bullet used by Coni Brooks of Barnes Bullets.
     
  7. LRHKiller

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    I have killed 6 bulls altogether with the ttsx with 180 grainers out of a 300 win mag, couldn't ask for a better bullet, every bull I killed with them if it didn't drop it in its tracks it didn't go more than 50 yards
     
  8. handloader1

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    RWK:

    I would use at the least a 225 gr. Barnes TSX, so the rifle can be used to its full potential. Good luck.
     
  9. Timber338

    Timber338 Well-Known Member

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    The 185 TTSX will definitely work, but it is on the light end for a 338 win mag so like others have said you will not be utilizing the full potential of the win mags potential. With that said you will also reduce recoil quite a bit and the high velocity is where Barnes bullets really perform well.

    My favorite Barnes bullet for the 338 win mag is the 210 TTSX.
     
  10. handloader1

    handloader1 Active Member

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    RWK:

    I would use a Barnes 225 gr. "TTSX". I loaded the Barnes .225 "X" for my cousin's .338 Win. Mag. using RL19 moving at 2,900 f/s. .75" 3 shot group at 100mm. These loads have killed 5 oryx in NM. The bullet busted through both shoulders and kept going. All the oryx died where they stood. Good luck.
     
  11. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    yeah It will do it but you are only hurting yourself by not using the 210-225.. I shot a bear with the 210 last spring and it worked well. then a couple elk with the 225 and it was a hammer... the 225 seems somewhat light to me even but I think its a good match for the 338 win
     
  12. rwk

    rwk Well-Known Member

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    Thanks folks, but i hope that i will not have to take long shots. Remember speed KILLS Rich
     
  13. Timber338

    Timber338 Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure the 185 TTSX will be a hammer. Post some pics and a story of the elk you shoot this year!
     
  14. blackdog

    blackdog Well-Known Member

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    It does? I thought blowing a big ass hole through vital organs is what kills.