Best Elk Bullet...

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by crazyhorse, Aug 21, 2019.

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  1. Horse

    Horse Active Member

    Feb 29, 2012
    In the last several years I’ve been fortunate enough to kill 2 bulls and 2 cows. One of each with Barnes out .30 cal and one of each with Berger 195 loaded for 28 Nosler. All one shot kills, definitely less meat loss with monos.
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  2. memtb

    memtb Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2013
    Easy question, easy answer! A mono bullet. We use Barnes’ on all big game. If I didn’t already have a large quantity of Barnes Bullets for my wife and myself, I’d certainly try some Hammer Bullets. We’ve used Barnes’ since the early ‘90’s.....and have never been disappointed! Many folks right here on this site use them and are very satisfied! memtb
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  3. North Idaho Hunter

    North Idaho Hunter Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2013
    For your given ranges I would go with the tried and true Nosler partition or Barnes ttsx.

    I’ve killed a handful of elk with 215 Berger’s-I never did get the WOW factor with them.

    For 500 yards and in, I wouldn’t be concerned with BC as much as I would bullet construction.

    I like my bullets to exit. Thick, steep, nasty dark drainages - you gotta have blood to follow.
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  4. entoptics

    entoptics Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2018
    Nobody has mentioned the 200 gr Accubond yet, so I'll throw that out. They have a pretty respectable BC (~0.560 by my LabRadar), and from my experience across rifles and calibers, they tend to shoot pretty decent without much load work.

    From my 24" Shilen, they'll pretty easily go 2930 fps. That leaves them at roughly 2100 fps and 2000 ftlbs at ~600 yds. At 250-500 yds, they should be right in the sweet spot, and at 50 yds, they should still hold up well and punch through a heck of a lot of elk.
  5. Plinker147

    Plinker147 Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2015
    The bullet you can put in the right place, so what your gun shoots best is most important.

    I’ve killed a dozen or so elk with 300 wm and 180BT. Killed a few with 200 gr accubonds, Berger’s, LRAB’s, matchkings. Probably killed another dozen with 185 Remington core locks back in the day out of a 8x338wm.

    Point is don’t over think it, they all work when you put them where you are suppose to!!!!
  6. ATH

    ATH Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2003
    I'd go with an Accubond or Partition at shorter ranges. I have found the Accubond to be one of the most well-rounded bullets, allowing performance across a variety of ranges. I've killed with it from 100 to 700 yards. Specifically the 200AB in a 300WM.

    My personal experience with the Bergers has been much more varied. Seen both blow-ups and pencils. I won't hunt with them. YMMV. I don't trust full coppers to expand at long range, low velocities either.
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  7. Bravo 4

    Bravo 4 Well-Known Member

    Jul 20, 2007
    With your 500 yard self imposed max range it would be the Hammers all day! If the ranges were to greatly exceed that and push that 1000 yard threshold then the Berger’s would be my pick. The Hammer hunters have been exceptional in their terminal performance (on deer & elk), accuracy, and ease of load development in the 6 rifles I’ve been loading them in. Tomorrow I may go try out my new action bar and swap to my faster twist .375 Snipetac barrel and try out some of the 411 Hammers Steve sent...oh yeah, add customer service to that list of exceptionals.
  8. Frank in the Laurels

    Frank in the Laurels Well-Known Member

    Jul 15, 2007
    A plain Jane old fashion Nosler Partition ... has withstood the test of time .. You do your part and it will without question do it's ..
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  9. Double Dropper

    Double Dropper Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2015
    Can of worms and tons of opinions......500 yards and under, definitely look at a tougher bullet. Usually use Nosler Accubonds or a Barnes variant out of the 300 win. Its funny how we all set up to shoot elk at 800 or 900 yards and the next thing its 105 yards on a cutline. I have shot the Bergers, shoot well, but for closer shots, there are better bullets. Looking at the Federal Edge TLRs right now. Happy Hunting.
  10. 79m1a-texas

    79m1a-texas Active Member

    Sep 7, 2009
    My 300wm rifle with 212 ELD-X has taken 3 cow elk ranging from 425 yards to 225 yards over the last 2 years with each one only taking 3 steps max.
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  11. waveslayer

    waveslayer Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2012
    Why not just stick with what you know to shoot well out of your rifle? The 215's will kill an elk. Yes there are better hunting bullets but your accuracy my degrade and you have to start the whole reloading process all over...

    Hard to beat Mono bullets, but I have found them to be ok on accuracy, especially at distance. I have had good luck with ELD-X bullets out of my Lazzeroni Warbird and that round usually blows bullets up with my velocity I'm getting...

    Tou have a load, stick with it. Now just practice off hand shooting and different shooting positions to train yourself for a one shot kill.. that is what will be the most important. Shot placement and your performance under immense pressure when that monster 390-420 bull walks out....
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  12. Jeffrey Van Zandt

    Jeffrey Van Zandt Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2013
    I do not know about elk but for moose, bears, boos. the 215 Berger Hybrid works the best for me from 300 -875 yards and longer out to 100 yards. higher vel and less presser then the 210vld
  13. clownbuster

    clownbuster Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    7mm 180 VLD

    Leaving @ 3000fps, its still getting to its 1100 yard target @ 1600fps and carrying just over 1000ft/lbs. That's more than enough to kill either elk or moose.
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2019
  14. huntintoo

    huntintoo Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2011
    215 hybrid hunters for me!!
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