Berger 338/300 grain and 308/208 AMAX moose test.

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Michael Eichele, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    My cousin Rex decided to come up on a backcountry moose hunt. Lets just say it was long and exhausting but we both killed bulls. We took both my 308 and 338 Edge. I only took both in case we split up. The idea was that we would use the Edge. As luck would have it we both went after bulls at the same time 2 miles apart. I was giving him hand signals on another bull that he didnt get. I lost track of him and later I found a bedded bull and went after it. While I was stalking mine, I heard him shoot. Obviously, since he had my Edge, I grabbed the 308. My load for it was the 208 AMAX. This is not my 1st choice for moose but after a long sheep season I didnt have time to mess with another load for moose.

    Now the 208 certainly did the job but I wouldnt recomend it for moose. Of course I knew this already but now it is confirmed. He only offered me a neck shot so I took it. It did drop him in his tracks but I could tell he needed a finish shot. A point blank head shot did the trick. I never did find any bullet in the neck. I either couldnt find it or it desintigrated on the heavy bone. There was no evidence of a pass through. The shot was 20 yards and the velocity was 2600.

    Now the Berger 300 grain pill. I wasnt there but saw the exit wound when I went with Rex to the kill site to help him pack out his bull. The exit wound was a legitimate 3". Overall, the bullet fragmented. This was determined by the massive amounts of copper jacket found during the meat cutting and wrapping proccess. A few lead fragments were also found but mostly copper jacket. Judging from the exit, I think most of the lead exited. The shot was 70 yards and the bullet struck the rib cage only and passed through the lungs. Muzzle velocity was 2710. My take is that at the close range, if a major bone such as the front leg is involved it may be very ugly. For a lung shot it did fairly well. I think next time, I will have my rifle sighted and fouled for the Berger 300 grain and if a long shot is needed, I will use it. If it will be a very close shot I will be using an ACCUBOND, Partition or Barnes TSX bullet. For such close quarter shots, The accuracy is going to be good enough.

    Unfourtunatley, we didnt get any wound photos. For my bull there was nothing worth taking and for his bull, he didnt know I wanted some and when I got there we were under the gun to keep his meat from spoilage and just didnt have the time or even think about it at that point. We were very focused on getting the bull out. Part of this was due to the fact that 400 yards from the kill site, we jammed a stick through the radiator of one of our 4-wheelers and had to get her patched up and limpped 5 miles back to base camp most of which is un-trailed country. Sorry for the lack of pictures




  2. Gene Jr.

    Gene Jr. Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2009
    Wow! Now that's a good day. Congrats on two nice bulls.
  3. jmden

    jmden Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2003
    Thanks for the report, ME and congrats to you and your friend! Have to keep that bullet report in mind.

    I just cannot get over what a pile 'o meat those moose are. From a typically solo backpack perspective that looks like 2 elk--my body is aching just thinking about it...! :D

    Would you mind telling me the specs on your EDGE barrel? Including weight, if you have that info. Thanks.

    ESSCEE Member

    Sep 20, 2010
    Nice bull what he measure?
  5. B23

    B23 Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2008
    Nice bulls!!!

    I would have, gladly, taken either. From the looks of things it was an awesome day for you both. Well done!
  6. phorwath

    phorwath Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2005
    Good for you and congrats on the successful harvest. Thanks for sharing the photos, hunt summary, and the bullet performance details.
  7. Slopeshunter

    Slopeshunter Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2006
    Congrats Michael, those are both nice bulls. You both must have been pretty tuckered afterwards.
  8. ewallace

    ewallace Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2002
    that is helpful info on the 300g berger good shooting and nice moose
  9. mike33

    mike33 Well-Known Member

    Dec 19, 2008
    Congrats on a very succesful hunt, thanks for sharing. Never get to hear about many moose kills.
  10. MrMajestic

    MrMajestic Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    Congratulations to the both of you. Nice bulls! Well written report containing very useful information.
  11. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

    Dec 4, 2008
    Nice day of hunting! Congrats Michael. I'm ALWAYS interested in bullet performance on game and that is some good info. Regards/Rich