165-180 grain lead points, like a Nosler partition, would be best. If you can dial that in as a hunting load then you’ll be fine. Try to avoid using ballistic tip bullets or match grade, as the expansion is too rapid and will tend to tear up the meat if you accidentally hit it in the shoulder and not behind it. The accubonds will work ok as well even through they are polymer tipped they seem to expand slower. Just what I’ve learned from experience and growing up in northwestern Colorado aka the elk hunting capital of the world.All my Long Range shooting has been with a Ruger Precision 308, and it is way to heavy to take to the mountains
Just got a Browning Xbolt Long Range Max in 300 WM,26” barrel, 1:8 twist Bought for a Colorado Bull Elk hunt. Range limited by me to 800 yds
I have a decent selection of 30 cal bullets and powders for testing and I can get others.
I also have a LabRadar for the range.
What process to you use to optimize bullet selection to give you max range and max impact energy? Any help would be appreciated
I shoot a 300wby mag and had post about what twist to get when buying a new barrel. Had a ton of replies from the friendly and experienced people of this website and they came to the same conclusion. Heavier bullets would be best for an 8twist. Not much help on selection I know. But I thought I’d share what others on here had passed on to me. Good luck on your journey to the perfect bullet!Yes it is listed as a target bullet. The 215 is great on game. Load it up with Fed GM215M and H1000 at 30-40 thou off. I’m running them right at 3000 fps out of my 300 Win Mag. Do a search on here about the 215 Berger. Lots of info in Broz thread with good details and pictures.
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