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I have had good accuracy with core locks as long as the bullet weight was appropriate for the particular rifle.

I prefer the heavier for caliber ones a lot of time is the lighter weight ones expand too fast for my taste.

Cup and core bullets are great until you're up close and personal with something. High impact velocity, especially with fast moving cartridges can make a real mess with inadequate penetration.

I like cup and core bullets for rifles that shoot below say 2,800 feet per second.

I'm on the copper bandwagon now.
 

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Anyone notice Core-lokt's are very accurate? Every rifle I own seems to love Core-lokt's. Not that I would use them on Elk, but they shoot well.
Why not on Elk? What is it with SO MANY folks on this forum, that when they talk about Elk its like it's all in Whispers! It can only be folks that have never actually shot Elk. Ooooooohhhhh...the majestic and magic Elk that walk on water, fly like unicorns and fart fairy dust. Elk are just a larger Deer, die the same as deer when shot and as far as I'm concerned ( as long as I don't come across the ones bullets bounce off of) drop faster than deer! I have shot em with .270, .308., .300 Weatherby, .338 Lapua, and they all dropped either DRT, or within 10 yards. I'd shoot one with a Core lokt if I didn't reload...as a matter of fact I'd shoot two or Three!
 
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Well I have very limited experience with elk, but the ones I have shot have been very tough and I had to break the bones to get them to stop.
I think it's kind of like bears if you get them unsuspecting a 2:43 is fine but if they're all ****ed off and have bad teeth or are already shot it takes a lot of lead to put them down.

Has always your mileage may vary.
 

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I can't really say if Elk are more difficult to kill than other animals. I've seen a few die with one shot and a few that were riddled with bullets take a while to give it up, which is pretty similar with other animals I've hunted. I learned to accept that it depends more on what qualities the hunter has than those of the bullet - but some situations do defy the odds. Over forty years ago my wife and I backpacked into a basin I knew contained lots of Elk and they reinforced that knowledge all night long with their wild bugling and fighting. Right at first light we rolled out of our sleeping bags and sat ready overlooking a deep draw and before long we saw a large 6 x 7 running across a steep talus slope just opposite us. It was about 300 yards and he was moving at a good clip but I took the shot. Immediately, he went down and started rolling over and over down the slope into a boulder field at the bottom of the draw. We quickly put our camp back in our packs and headed over to him. Fortunately, others heard the shot who were camped nearby and they came as well because it was tough getting him out of the boulders to work on. While we were cleaning him up I was looking for the shot but it wasn't obvious. Finally, I found it. I had grazed his kneecap and as he ran and he must have just landed on that leg when the bullet got there because it kicked the leg out from under him and he began rolling down the slope. When he rolled into the boulders he broke his neck and died almost instantly. Does that qualify as a one shot kill?
 

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I grew up in the south and had an uncle that gave me a 3030 bolt action rifle that did not work so I took it to a gunsmith(retired) and he took it apart and said it needs a good cleaning then bring it back to me.I cleaned it with Hoppe's for a week and still full of everything.I plugged the barrel and poured kerosene in the barrel and let it sit for a few days and it cleaned up nice.It cost me 50 cents to replace a part and 3030 with 150 gr core-lokts I killed most of my deer and hogs.I also had a 32 win special 94 winchester but only shot core-lokts in the 3030.
Sometimes the older stuff is as good as the new stuff!
 

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I grew up in the south and had an uncle that gave me a 3030 bolt action rifle that did not work so I took it to a gunsmith(retired) and he took it apart and said it needs a good cleaning then bring it back to me.I cleaned it with Hoppe's for a week and still full of everything.I plugged the barrel and poured kerosene in the barrel and let it sit for a few days and it cleaned up nice.It cost me 50 cents to replace a part and 3030 with 150 gr core-lokts I killed most of my deer and hogs.I also had a 32 win special 94 winchester but only shot core-lokts in the 3030.
Sometimes the older stuff is as good as the new stuff!
Now Old Rooster...listen-up Son! The Old stuff is never better than the new stuff as long as you're Older than the new stuff you are with! Edit: Or did you mean Guns?
 
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Well I have very limited experience with elk, but the ones I have shot have been very tough and I had to break the bones to get them to stop.
I think it's kind of like bears if you get them unsuspecting a 2:43 is fine but if they're all ****ed off and have bad teeth or are already shot it takes a lot of lead to put them down.

Has always your mileage may vary.
Something I certainly never thought about before when I shoot any animal or a Bear. Never considered what kind of day they are having first! But I'm fairly certain right after I shot it...it's having a bad day for certain. So if I read this right....a mad bear...takes three or more bullets to kill it....a happy bear...I can assume takes One....what if the bear is just sad...should I shoot it twice? I think it's more to do with shot placement, might be just me though.....more so than the animal's attitude at the time! However...your Elk might have had a bad night too the night before....
 

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I used them for years in several rifles from 223-375 cal. . At short to mid-range I found the performance on game and accuracy to be quite good. I also liked the Winchester Power Points(factory 270gr) which I used in my 375H&H with excellent success on African game back in the 80’s.
 

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My first deer was with them out of a 300 SAUM
So was mine - Winchester 94 30/30 170 flat nose 4 pt in Adirondacks in 1967. DRT. First field dressing more like Freddie Kreuger work. Remember like yesterday since I left knife on rock so I wouldn't lose it. Snowed 12" that night. Wonder if still there on rock 54 years later? Red plaid hand me down Woolrich jacket, flannel lined jeans and uninsulated Timberline boots. Froze my feet off since they were ok with regular socks. Yes Sasquatch back then too.

So how many killed their first with CL's?
 
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