First Bull Elk, Berger 300 grain Hybrid Gen 1 performance

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Bob L., Nov 28, 2011.

  1. Bob L.

    Bob L. Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2010
    My brother in law was nice enough to take me hunting on my first Oregon rifle bull elk hunt. The weather was pretty bad with wind, snow, and heavy rain but we were able to get it done. We spotted a herd of a dozen elk from a landing about a mile away. We thought we could get closer by walking in a de-comissioned road that may take us to a landing and put us around 500-600 yards from the elk. We grabbed all the gear and my new 338edge and headed towards them.
    Once we rounded the corner to our surprise we were only 300 yards from the elk! They were across the draw below us and the wind was perfect. My bull was feeding and slightly quartering away from me facing uphill. I put the cross hairs near the rear of the ribs so the cross hairs were aimed at the off front leg.
    At the shot the bull immediately locked up, I sent another Berger this time closer to the shoulder. he locked up again and was dead on his feet. He took one step and fell and slid about 100 ft. I was really pumped. It was my first bull elk and the first time I was able to take an animal with my 338edge and Berger 300 gen 1's.
    The gen 1's worked awesome, it blew threw the feed bag destroyed the liver and lungs and threw scrapnel into the heart. It threw a rib and a bunch of grass into the off shoulder. I haven't recovered the other bullet because it is also in the off shoulder which I will get from the butcher.
    My brother in law also 6.5wsm'd a bull to death in the timber. My edge is running those gen 1's at 2820 and I think they will work great for my velocity range, I will shoot these with confidence. The recovered bullet mushroomed great and weighed 153 grains. I know this was only 300 yards but carried the edge out there because I thought I was facing a 500-600 yard shot, but heck needed to break the gun in anyway.
    God Bless


    Sorry blurry pic Berger gen 1


    Brother in law's bull

  2. royinidaho

    royinidaho Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2004
    Way to go!

    Some great eatin' there!
  3. T3-OleMan

    T3-OleMan Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    Congrats to you both and good shooting.
  4. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    Good Job. Congrats on a thought out sneak and bullet placement and also your Bull.

    Thanks for the report.

  5. joe0121

    joe0121 Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2010
    Hows the for Berger performance. gun)
  6. tackdriver10

    tackdriver10 Well-Known Member

    Nov 17, 2009
    Outstanding Bob! That would make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. As for me personally, if that bull had been 30yds instead of 300, I'd have been more than happy to blast him with a 338Edge.