Which bullet for elk?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by KamoAggie, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. KamoAggie

    KamoAggie Active Member

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    Leaving Tues for an elk hunt. Which bullet would you recommend from a 7mm Rem mag? Shots will be less than 500 yards.

    Berger VLD 168 grain or a Nosler Partition 160 grain?
     
  2. Rick Richard

    Rick Richard Well-Known Member

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    Put it in the vitals and it won't matter which one. However, use the one that shoots best out of your rifle.
     
  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    For any 7 mm I would recommend bullets in the 160 to 175 grain. so any of the bullets you mentioned would be good. The 160 Accubond would also be a good choice for Elk.

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  4. Pulpwood

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    160 partition will work but it needs to be behind the shoulder . That’s what I used yrs ago on my first bull . I learned though true elk rounds start with .300 it’s just that simple
     
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    sable tireur Well-Known Member

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    The great thing about these forums is the variety of opinions which we encounter for every question asked or statement made. Agreement may not always be an assured occurrence, many may find a reason to disagree, mostly through personal experiences.

    I would hate to be the bearer of the statement above to all those moose hunters in Scandinavian countries who choose the 6.5x55 or to those of us here in the US hunting elk every year that our cartridges of choice below .30 caliber just won't work for elk!:eek: What do I do with all those elk I killed with the 6.5 RSAUM? Or the 6.5-06 AI or the .280 AI or the rest of the other cartridges successfully used to fill my tags? Bringing them back to life is kinda out of the question. ;)

    Regards.
     
  6. KyCarl

    KyCarl Well-Known Member

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    It's more Where you put it.. Than What you use?
    I think with in 500 yards my 6.5 X 284 would work as well as my 300 Win Mag!
     
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  7. Pulpwood

    Pulpwood Well-Known Member

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    Guys I didn’t mean to imply that any round below a .300 would not kill an elk . A perfectly placed 22long rifle will harvest an elk. But as others have said before if a hunter knows his or her limitations and experience with any round things can be kept in perspective .
     
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  8. KamoAggie

    KamoAggie Active Member

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    I will be shooting my 300 RUM. My dad is going with me and only has a 270 so he will be shooting my 7mm. I know a .30 would be better, but I don’t have another .30. Just asking opinions on the 2 bullets. Thanks for those who replied.
     
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  9. werth338

    werth338 Well-Known Member

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    I am partial to the Berger. I have seen elk fall DRT with them. As noted, either will work.

    Which one does you gun shoot better?
     
  10. Guy M

    Guy M Well-Known Member

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    Gosh, the good old 270 Winchester has filled many freezers with elk. If your dad is good with his existing rifle, it's not a bad choice.

    Seems a little late in the game to be selecting a bullet weight if you're going to be launching in two days. Do you have the 7mm Rem mag sighted-in with one of your bullet choices now?

    Between the two, I'd tend towards the 160 gr Nosler Partition. That bullet is well proven from the various 7mm magnums. I have used a different Berger VLD with good success on mule deer. Just thinking the Partition might be a better choice if your dad gets a bad angle on the shot and more penetration is required.

    Enjoy the hunt! Pretty cool that you're hunting with your dad. I like that.

    Best of luck to you both, whichever rifles & bullets you choose.

    Guy
     
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  11. KamoAggie

    KamoAggie Active Member

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    The bullets are both failed in. The Partition is 1/2 an inch higher than the VLD at 100. I can easily make the adjustment. Both group really well. That is why I am second guessing it. Was gonna go with the VLD but the Partition has performed flawlessly for years for me.
     
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  12. KyCarl

    KyCarl Well-Known Member

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    If it has worked flawlessly for years I would go with it!
     
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  13. Country Bumpkin

    Country Bumpkin Well-Known Member

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    We need an update to this thread as soon as OP gets back...

    I just harvested my bull this year with my 7 RM. 139 gr Barnes LRX. Nice 6, one high shoulder shot dumped him. He got back so I gave him another (he was stumbling through trees so I rushed follow up and hit him high and back). That dumped him again and he expired in less than 30 seconds.
     
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  14. Barrelnut

    Barrelnut Well-Known Member

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    No need to reinvent the wheel now. I vote partition too. Have seen them work real well close in and reasonably far too. for 300 to maybe 400 yards in - the partition would be great.