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Discussion in 'Elk Hunting' started by DinoS, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. DinoS

    DinoS Member

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    I looked for a section on Moose hunting but did not see one. I am of the understanding that Elk are tougher to kill than moose so with that I thought I would ask here.
    On another site I visit a guy stated he uses Sierra Match Kings for hunting. He states it's similar to using the Berger VLD. They enter and then dump all energy inside. What would you use out of a 300WSM with a 24" 10 twist barrel-Mcgowan. I am thinking 175gr BTHP Matchking. All I have ever used are remington core locked out of my 270. Also I have heard the A max is a good choice. I am starting to do load development now.

    What say you guys about this issue.

    Dino
     
  2. Topgun 30-06

    Topgun 30-06 Well-Known Member

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    The Match King IS NOT for big game hunting, as it's designed for target shooting and that's why they gave it that name. Use a good bonded bullet for elk or moose that will penetrate deeply, as well as exhibiting maximum expansion like it's designed to do.
     

  3. Canvsbk

    Canvsbk Well-Known Member

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    Accubond.
     
  4. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

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    Yep.
    Nuff said.
     
  5. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    I have a 325 WSM and have taken a handful of elk with it with the 200 NAB.This is a light packer abolt and not my main gun, just real handy. I have always shot larger offerings. I shot a 52'' MT bull moose with my 340 WBY, 225 gr partition and bull just stood there, I center shoulder shot him offhand at 100 yrds on purpose because I didnt want him going in the pond. He turned and walked off about 25 yrds then just bedded down and cashed it in, the moose can really soak up a high energy shot.Dont be afraid to shoot twice, they have a huge chest and a high lung can bleed out inside and not offer much tracking and it is always thick where they live, here.
     
  6. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    the only matchking offerings that are suitable for big game are the 300grain (.338) and the 350 grain (.375). These two seem to open up well, but more than likely its because they're already pretty big before expansion.

    If it were me I would go for the Accubond or the Barnes TTSX.
     
  7. kraigwy

    kraigwy Well-Known Member

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    You're correct in assuming that elk are much tougher then moose. I've hunted both and found that to be correct.

    I agree with others that the SMKs arn't designed for hunting.

    If you want a Match type hunting load, take a look at Hornady's Interbond.

    The have the same BC, shoot the same place and are just as accurate as the SSTs.

    The SSTs have been known to shed their jackets and this with fixed with the Interbond.

    Interbonds are a bit more then SSTs so I use SSTs for practice and targets and go to the Interbonds for hunting. Using the same cal and wight, I change nothing but the bullet in reloading.

    You can't tell the difference on the chrony, drop charts or target.

    Just keep them seperated, the look just a like. Easy to get them mixed up.
     
  8. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

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    1-Same concept as the Nosler Balistic Tip, & Nosler Accubond. The difference is that the Accubond is readily available, where-as the Hornady Innerbond is not.

    2-The SST has a canelure ring, the Innerbond does not. Virtually impossible to mix them up if your paying any attention at all, while at the bench.
    -Nosler Balistic Tip is colored per caliber (green, yellow etc.) Accubonds are all white tips no matter the caliber.
     
  9. kraigwy

    kraigwy Well-Known Member

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    I stand corrected.

    Its when they are loaded that its hard to tell which one is which, or at least the way I load my 270 Win with SSTs and IBs.

    I get my bullets from MidwayUSA (no good reloading store around here) and haven't had any problems finding them.