I shot a cow elk in SD at about 30yds. I used good old field craft and snuck right into to middle of the heard. I had a broadside shot right on the center of the shoulder. Out of my 6.5 GAP 4S, a 143 ELD-X is going about 3100, it went through onside shoulder, destroyed lungs, through offside shoulder and laid under hide on offside. I would say it worked.I know that this forum is about LRH, but please bear with me on this. I'm hoping to get some firsthand or observed reports on the performance of the ELDX on elk at close range. My elk hunting is mostly in timber and shots will most likely be 100 yards and less. Hornady seems very optimistic on this but there's nothing like "been there, done that".
Looks like I expected! From what I can tell with this cut through that thin membrane it appears it’s all just in the surface. Seen this many many of times. You can eat almost to the whole.Sorry this took so long, but here is a photo of the elk shot with 200gr. eldx. bu!let entered where the knife is.
I agree with that part. But this is the long range hunting forum.All that I ask is that those who consider themselves to be, "Hunters," be ethical hunters not like one I met a few years ago after wounding and not recovering a deer saying, "It's OK, simply dinner for the wolves (or coyotes)"
If you don't approve of long range hunting then maybe a site that is literally named "Long Range Hunting" is not the place for you. Western hunting is nothing like whitetail hunting in Wisconsin. There are frequently times when you actually cannot get closer to an animal, and that's why so many of us dedicate our ENTIRE offseason preparing for those shot opportunities. I know the kind of shooting "preparation" that goes into deer hunting here in the great lakes region and I am confident that 90% of the long range shots taken by the people on this site are FAR more ethical than those taken inside 100 yards by the local Michigan hunters that shoot fewer than one box of slugs each year. I can't even describe the number of guys that shoot their gun for the first time in a year the night before the season opens at 10PM using their truck lights to see the target (that's if they check their rifle zero AT ALL), and tout their slug guns ability to shoot through dense brush and saplings.Well here I go again probably making a lot of you; shall we say...unhappy with my comments. First of all, yes I can shoot long range out to 1000 yards, with a conventional shoulder held firearm. I do not consider any of the new modern, "Precision," rifles to be actual hunting firearms. They are ambush guns not hunting rifles. Yes you can hunt with one, haul that heavy thing out to some stand overlooking a mountaintop or lush farm fields that go on forever, but that is not hunting...that is assassination. Trust in the fact that I spent 30 years in the U.S. Army much of which was as a small arms instructor as well as competitor on various Army shooting teams. I have been hunting since I was 12 (which means some 62 years ago) and while I can shoot long range quite effectively do not consider shooting an antelope at 400 yards or an elk at 800 yards hunting. Hunting is getting as close as you can get, up and personal to your quarry. Creeping up on a deer or antelope laying on your belly to keep them from seeing you until 100 yards or less and an Elk at 50 to 100 yards instead of 500 to 800 yards At this range there is no chance of them even knowing you are out there sighting them in. I shoot Winchester Model 70's, post 64 since they shoot better than the pre 64's including the new modern ones in .308 using 165 gr Nosler Partitions which group 5 shots under .075 inches, I have a Tikka 30-06 shooting again Nosler partitions or Sierra 165 grain shooting a 5 shot group at 100 yards under .60 inches at 100 yards. I have a Tikka .270 that will put 5 rounds into essentially the same hole at 100 yards and only expand the group to 1.650 at 300 yards, all excellent long range rifles despite none of them being any more than conventional shoulder held firearms. Do I haul around a bipod or shooting stick? No, usually where I hunt there is a tree, sapling or rock to brace myself against to steady my aim, one less thing to haul around in the woods or fields. I do admit that all of my rifles have Vortex Diamondback tactical 6 x 24 x 50 scopes that afford the ability to adjust each shot based on range, wind as well as a variety of other factors on a moments notice. While many brag about their successful long range shots, how many were unsuccessful resulting in hopefully a clean miss, or a wounded animal getting away to die a painful death later? All that I ask is that those who consider themselves to be, "Hunters," be ethical hunters not like one I met a few years ago after wounding and not recovering a deer saying, "It's OK, simply dinner for the wolves (or coyotes)" View attachment 286901
200 pound Wisconsin Whitetail November 2020 shot at 50 yards, Tikka T3X. .270 130 gr Nosler Partition handload at 3050 FPS.
In conclusion it's your choice whether you want to be a hunter, or an assassin.