Barnes XLC for elk

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by amtmn, Feb 9, 2004.

  1. amtmn

    amtmn Member

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    What are the thoughts on using 180 gr XLC in .308 cal for elk?

    I have a tack driving .308 that I'd like to use for elk season this year. I know that .308 isn't the best elk caliber. However, what are the thoughts on working up a strong XLC load?

    Also what are your thoughts on triple shock? Do these penetrate better than the reg Barnes bullets, or are they more of an expander?
     
  2. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    Well I can vouch for the 180 XBT 30 cal performance on a 1500+ pound bull moose. MV was 2398 FPS. Terminal performance was superb. Bull walk only 20 paces. This is an animal that weighs almost twice the size of an average bull elk. Shot was 100 yards.
     
  3. Guest

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    The .308 with a 180 Barnes X bullet is an excellent elk combination. You would be fine with the 165 or 168 as well.
    Out to 350 yards you should be good to go.
    The Triple Shocks are supposed to have the same terminal performance as the X and XLC.
    In my rifles the Triple Shocks are much more accurate than the other versions of the X bullet.
     
  4. silverback1126

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    Hello, I'm new here andhave to add something. I am trying to load some 300WM for my brother's friend in Utah for the Elk hunt. He also wants the XLCs but for some reason they are not easy to find and he thinks that 180gr bullets just aren't enough A$$ to do a good kill. That just craks me up. My question is just how far is this guy shooting from?

    If you all can do it with a 308 then what is this guys problem.:rolleyes:
     
  5. silverback1126

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    sorry for the revival, missed out on the date