7mm SS Bullet Suggestion For Elk?

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  1. Winny94

    Winny94 Well-Known Member

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    Just found out I drew my first elk tag for this fall/winter. Planning on taking my 7 Sherman Short. Hunting primarily in Iowa, I dont get to test performance of centerfire hunting bullets, so really looking for some suggestions from people that do get to use them a lot.

    Looking for something that will be capable from 100-~750. I dont intend to shoot further than 300-400, but if the conditions call for it, I want the capability to do it.
    Looking towards the heavy(ier) end of the spectrum 170gr+ to help with wind (hunting around the Cheyenne area)
    Plan to use H1000 (for temp stability)
    Needs to be able to handle a shoulder shot if it happens
    The easier to load for, the better. My 800 yard range is about an hour drive so weekly trips arent feasible, so I can't be constantly testing.
    Barrel is 26" 1-8 so I expect velocities from a 175-180 class bullet to come in around 2975-3050 depending on where the node is.
    .110 free bore (will be mag-fed from a SA 2.950 max COAL)

    ELD-X 175?
    ABLR 175?
    Berger 180 VLDH?
    Others?
    Thanks a lot!
     
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  2. Clifflopez

    Clifflopez Well-Known Member

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    Berger 175 elite hunter
    Berger 180 HVLD
     
  3. Ingwe

    Ingwe Well-Known Member

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    I just shot a Zebra with a 175gr ABLR with a 7mmRem @ 2850fps at 180yrd. The bullet broke ft shoulder, penetrated both lungs, and was under the hide on off side. 77.4gr recovered weight.

    Can’t ask for much better than that
     

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  4. Frog4aday

    Frog4aday Well-Known Member

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    My go to answer is NOSLER PARTITION, but you did say 750 yards, so all the 'too low BC' folks will chime in, so I would then suggest a bonded bullet (Accubond or Accubond Long Range) or Barnes TTSX. If you want to be different and shoot a really great bullet, consider the Hammer Hunter. Over a $1 a piece, but very easy to find an accurate load quickly with those things.

    Congratulations on the elk tag! Best game animal meat there is. I hope you get one.

    EDIT ADDED:
    Having just seen this posted on another thread, I will retract the Barnes TTSX recommendation as it will likely fail to expand at 750 yards (see attached image)
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  5. WeiserBucks

    WeiserBucks Well-Known Member

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    I use 180 hybrids in my 7 , smashes deer and elk with authority.
     
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  6. dirtytough

    dirtytough Well-Known Member

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    I am shooting the 180 ELD with RL26 and I have to lean on it pretty hard to get 3000 FPS with a 26” barrel. You might be a little optimistic trying to get there with H1000.

    That said I don’t recommend the 180 ELD. I am going to try Berger’s with H1000. My wife has an oryx hunt in September so I expect it to be hot. I have heard above 80 degrees RL26 isn’t very stable.

    I’m debating between the 180 and 195.
     
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  7. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    The 180 ELDM has been no bueno on elk, 180 Berger, 175 EOL, 177 Hammer pretty much all I'm loading in a 7mm any more!!
     
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  8. ronstone09

    ronstone09 Well-Known Member

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    Nosler make a 160 accubond that is deadly ! I killed moose in canada with one shot on two different occasions !
     
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  9. Jjeffhunter

    Jjeffhunter Well-Known Member

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    I've killed a bunch of elk with the 168vld but with a 1/8 twist 180-195vld would be the ticket
     
  10. crkckr

    crkckr Well-Known Member

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    There's little use in pussyfooting around, just start out with best, Nosler Partitions. Granted, some rifles don't like them, so either sell the rifle (my first choice!) or choose a second place bullet! Call me crazy, or old fashioned, inflexible, or whatever, but bullet selection is one subject I'm a real barnacle-brain on, I hunt with Partitions. Period. That said, and with no practical experience with them, the Hammer bullets seem to have a solid fan base, so I would go there as a second choice. Many people seem to worry a lot about the price but honestly, if you need more than 100 rounds, your problems are NOT the bullets!
    Cheers,
    crkckr
     
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  11. Battering Ram

    Battering Ram Active Member

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    I only use the Barnes. 7rm, 300 win, 300 ultra, 270, 30-06, 7-08, 243, 308, and my AR’s. Well I use other rounds in my AR’s too. Anyway I have killed a ton of elk and deer. So have my sons, daughter, and wife. My typical ranges are 500 to 700 just due to the steep mountains. I have yet to have an animal escape after being shot. I have only recovered a few of the Barnes bullets (because most are pass thoughts), but the ones I have recovered have all expanded like they were suppose to. Shoulders are the shot choice for the smaller calibers, and the bullets perform perfectly. Good luck
     
  12. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    I've dug a LOT of partitions out of elk that you could load and fire again, they are a good bullet till they all of the sudden aren't which happens a lot sooner than many since they are a ballistic brick, guys gotta watch the impact velocity on them more than most think.
     
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  13. Rick Richard

    Rick Richard Well-Known Member

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    Worked for me.

    Berger 180 Hybrid found on the opposite side under the hide of the elk in my avatar. Shot at 650ish yards.

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  14. Frog4aday

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    Keep the Partition IMPACT velocity at 1800 fps or faster and they are awesome. Every bullet has a 'threshold'. 1800 fps isn't asking too much. If I was needing expansion out to 750/800 yards, I'd be looking at the ELD-X or the Accubond (or ABLR).