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.30-06 bullets for elk

Looking to shoot one of the following 180 grain bullets this fall at elk: (1) Remington Premier Swift A-Frame; (2) Federal Premium Nosler Partition; or (3) Federal Premium Barnes TSX.  Any recommendations, assuming they all shoot roughly the same out of the my gun?  Also, the sticker prices on these bulelts is much more than standard hunting bullets (i.e., Core-Lokts).  Worth it?  I've shot premium and non-premium bullets at whitetails and I don't think they really know or care what hit them.  Thanks.

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Blatchey, anyone of those

Blatchey, anyone of those should fit the bill. I'd go with the most accurate one of them or since they all shoot good the best bargain of the three. While a Corelokt or other 'standard' bullet will do in eighty to ninety percent or more of elk killing situations (broadside into the heart and lungs at reasonable ranges) the premium bonded or specially constructed bullets or for those cases where you might have to go thru both shoulders at 350 yards or take a quartering shot towards you and the bullet will have to penetrate thru thick hide, muscle, fat, bone, to the vital organs.

Remember elk can be much, much, much, tougher to kill then deer and if you are paying a lot of money for a rare elk hunt I'd want to have the most advantage of killing my elk given whatever shot is presented to me. My opinion is that the premium bullets are worth it when it comes to killing big, tough, thick, animals.

Good luck on your hunt!

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Any of em. Pick one an go

Any of em. Pick one an go kill and elk.

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I Shot a small bull in Idaho

I Shot a small bull in Idaho with Federal nosler partions in 180 grain. He was about 40 yards walking right at me. He stopped with his head up looking around. I shot him straight on in the chest. He raised his head up and just looked around. He then turned and jump over some dead fall where I shot him broadside behind the shoulder and he fell. The first bullet did the job upon inspection it went through his chest all the way down his body and exited his butt. But I adhere to the elk policy keep shooting till they are down. They are tough and no 2 are alike. I am currenty using 180 xp3 in my 300 wsm I have been very happy with these loads except for the plastic tips coming off. But this sounds like a problem with most loads that have a similar tip.

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TSX

Blatchley wrote:

Looking to shoot one of the following 180 grain bullets this fall at elk: (1) Remington Premier Swift A-Frame; (2) Federal Premium Nosler Partition; or (3) Federal Premium Barnes TSX.  Any recommendations, assuming they all shoot roughly the same out of the my gun? 

I'd recommed the Barnes Triple Shock, being a solid copper construction, seems to have the best bullet retention when compared to any of the premium bonded bullets. Some of the reviews, just doing a quick search online, shows the Triple shock 180 grain 30-06 having a 98-100 percent retention. That's wicked impressive. But being that Remington purchased Barnes, Federal Premium TSX may be a thing of the past.  It'll be interesting to see if Federal will continue to roll with the TSX or switch to the Nosler TIP...

http://www.remington.com/pages/news-and-resources/press-releases/2010/co...

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Of those chices I would go

Of those chices I would go with the Nosler Partions...great hard hitting bullet.

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.30-06 bullets for elk

For what it is worth, about 25 years ago, I started out hunting with Rem Core-lokt 180gr for Elk because they shot well out of my rifle and were affordable. However, I also had a couple of Elk I could not recover... I was sure they were well placed, and began to doubt the bullet performance... and myself?

Highly disappointed, I dropped the bucks and bought several boxes each of about 8-10 other brands of bullets and did a lot of testing. The Federal Premium in Nosler Partitions won the contest at the range, so off I went. I haven't lost an Elk since, so that is what I have stuck with. Coincidence... don't think so, but who knows for sure.

That said, I have had several people tell me that the Core-lokt bullet made today is much better, etc. etc.; but I have just not felt it worth a couple of bucks less compared to the risk losing an Elk, especially when a tag can be so hard to come by... hurts too much, LOL. That's just me though, take care. 

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I have always hunted with

I have always hunted with Nosler Partition. When I owned a 30-06 I used a 220 grain partition. I was always happy with the federal premium ammunition till I started to reload for myself

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I used Trohy Bonded Bear

I used Trohy Bonded Bear Claws........

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hi,im new here,really enjoy

hi,im new here,really enjoy the website.i use barnes ttsx in my 30-06,they seem to open better at longer ranges for me than the tsx.but then im still using an old remington 721

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All of the above bullets are

All of the above bullets are great products, however, 180 gr. Hornady BTSP is also just as capable of anchoring an Elk with your 30-06.  If you handload, IMR 4831 is what I used with this load and received great results in my 30-06 when I had it.  Many of my friends used it for Elk hunting as well and we never had any issues with it.  Will run you about $24 per 100 vs. spending $30+ for 50.  Something to consider if you haven't already settled.

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