7mm Rem Mag Ammo for Elk??

OhYtD

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I'm guessing it's a 7mm magnum or some type. My dad hunted for years with nothing BUT the 160 gr. Nosler Partition. Hard to go wrong with that bullet in any 7mm. I use Partitions a lot myself and know you cannot go wrong with them. Another excellent bullet would be a 160 gr. Accubond. I have done water jug testing for penetration, expansion, and weight retention on both Accubonds and Partitions to 500 yards and they both performed perfectly.

160 gr. Partition
160 gr. Accubond
Choose the one your rifle likes best.
 

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I shot an elk last year with a 168 accubond with no problems went thru the lungs. I don't know if Nosler makes the 168 in factory loads but the Accubonds are great on game.
 

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Barnes VorteX Ammo in 150 gr TTSX will absolutely anchor an elk to 600 yards
Should have been on my list. I've shot a fair bit of the TTSX ammo at hogs and it performed very well.

You have to be careful though with older factory rifles and slow twist barrels though so be sure you have enough twist to stabilize the bullet chosen.
 

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Dusty Noggin is correct. I'll add in the phrase of "Shot placement is everything."
Each rifle is going to shoot something better than the other. For my 7mm Rem Mag, it likes Hornady 162grn ELD-x bullets over Nosler Trophy Grade 160 gun Accubonds. I'd rather have the Nosler brass but my gun shoots just over 1/2'' with the factory Hornady's and under an 1'' with the Noslers. Good luck with it.
He's about half right. Premium factory ammo is loaded to much higher and more consistent standards than the cheap stuff.
 

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Try loads with the Barnes TSX, the Hornady ELD-X or GMX, or the Berger. 150-180 grain and pick the one that shoots best from his rifle. Any one of them will anchor an elk at the distances you mentioned. I like these over other bullets because they will break through a tough shoulder and stay together vs others that may separate.
I'd leave the GMX of of that list. I've had way too much trouble with them just penciling through in 7mm, .30 cal, and .375 even on big boars.

I lost a big buck with a full length body shot that entered mid sternum and exited just below and to the right of the anus leaving only about a half inch exit wound. That round was fired from the .375.

He acted as though he hadn't even been hit, disappeared onto the neighbor's property who found him half eaten by a coyote two days later.
 

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