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I believe that elk are

I believe that elk are considered "thick skinned" as compared to their North American cousins such as deer. 

As for bullets, I have taken more elk with a Sierra 150 grain boat tail than I have with any other bullet.  I have started to use Barnes bullets for the main reason of how they shoot out of the rifles that I have started to use for elk hunting but that really doesn't mean that they are any better than any other bullet out there.  The .30 magnums are designed to use higher weight bullets but if you are getting good results with the 165 grain ones then that is what I would use unless you want to start to experiment with other brands and weights. 

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What cartridge were you

What cartridge were you shooting the 150gr Sierra BT's from?

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I started out using it in my

I started out using them in my .30-06 at around 2900 fps and then in my 7mm mag at around 3000 fps. 

 

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Regarding

Your concern with fast expansion and the 165 sst, at longer ranges due to reduced velocity they should actually hold together better. At closr range due to the higher velocity is when they'd be more prone to come unglued quicker. But avoiding shoulder bones I dont think you'd have to worry and you killed an elk at close range bang flop with em. Im using the 225 sst this year in my 338 for elk and deer and if given a shot at elk im just going to avoid putting one in the shoulder and go for lungs. I like the 165 for the -06 for the increased velocity over the 180 but would probably opt for the partition, interbond, or accubond, for elk. Good article on the sst and penetration on hogs whic are  thick  and tough if you google guns  and  ammo and sst.

 

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Their Interbond, rather than

Their Interbond, rather than their SST, is really the bullet to go to when hunting elk.

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I would take a Interlc before

I would take a Inter lock before the SST. Probably for the 165 gr bullet's at the velocities you should get the interbond is the best choice.

There's a prety big difference betwen the construction of a 150gr bullet in 7mm and 30 cal. In that weight range the 7mm bulletmight certainly make an elk bullet. I don't think the 30 cal 150 is even close. Doesn't mean it won't work, of course it will but my money would be on a tuffer bullet. a ot of people use the 150gr on deer but I've never had luck gettingone to shoot well from my 30 cal rifles. of course i haven't probably spnt enough time working with it either.

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I'm shooting the 150 grain

I'm shooting the 150 grain BTSP or Interbond in my 30-06s depending on whether I'm hunting mulies or elk and they shoot to the same POI, which is what I really like about them. All 3 rifles shoot within MOA with 59.7 grains of IMR 4350 behind them.

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