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Location: Montana
Joined: 11/09/2008
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Barnes Triple Shock and Elk

I have a question about Barnes triple shock bullets and elk. This year I shot a cow elk with my 30.06 using Federal Premium 165 grain Barnes Triple Shock bullets. All shots were at 190 to 200 yards. The first shot was broadside and held just behind the shoulder. I shot all three shots from a sitting position on a Harris bipod. The first shot hit hard (heard thwack). The cow just stood there and hunched up her back. I knew the hold was good…the trigger pull was good and there was no wind. She was acting like she was gut shot. She took a few steps and was turned away (butt to me). There was another elk right behind her so I could not shoot for about 3 minutes (seemed like 20). Finally, the other elk moved off. The next shot I could just see her right side ribs so I held just behind the last rib. The hold and trigger pull were good and heard a good thwack. She just stood there. She took a few steps and the third shot was broad side and from the other side. I held just behind the shoulder and the hold and trigger pull were good. I heard another good thwack. She finally went down after about another minute. I skinned her and examined the carcass and intact hide. There were two holes through and through just behind both shoulders (in the hide). There was a hole just behind the last rib on the right side in the carcass. One shoulder was completely broken down and one shoulder appeared to have a good size exit wound. That is only 5 holes (in the hide). The quartering bullet might be in the broken shoulder I haven’t processed her yet. All three shots were in the chest cavity and no shots were behind the diagram. I am wondering if I had bullet failure to expand problems. The hide has 5 holes and all but one is about the size of the bullet. One is larger about the size of a quarter. Is this a problem with the bullet or a tough elk? Any help would be appreciated.

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Location: leftern washington
Joined: 04/27/2008
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Barnes Triple Shock and Elk

i reload and i use the tipped triple shock, the TTSX. and there is no expansion problems with that bullet, ive heard the reason barnes made it was to correct some expansion problems with the TSX, but it was my understanding that it was a close range problem. at 200 yards that bullet should work just fine

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Joined: 01/22/2007
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Barnes Triple Shock and Elk

I use the 140g (270WSM) and 168g ( 300 WSM) on elk and have had great success. Almost all have been Bang Flop one shot kills. We killed 3 elk this fall with Barnes 168g out of a 300WSM. All were chest shot like you described. All had small exit holes. But all 3 had massive tissue damage in the boiler room and dropped on the spot. I've quite worrying about the size of the exit hole. I've come to prefer not having a baseball size hole in the oft shoulder and all that blood shot meat wasted.

Sometimes you just get an animal that doesn't fold right up. I watched a friend shoot a big horn sheep with a 7mm using Hornady 162g bullets. It took 5 rounds through the chest before it finaly folded and dropped. It was dead after the 1st shot if we had just let it go lay down and die like a arrow shot animal. But ti was on a cliff and getting dark and we wanted it down before the sun was gone.

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Location: Umatilla Rez, Oregon
Joined: 12/10/2007
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Barnes Triple Shock and Elk

Elk are tough! some fold, some dont. Ive got footage of a calf still alive after I wounded it, caught up to it, shot it in the neck, waited--partner shows up "wheres it at?" its right here, holding its head up my partner laughs cause it looked like a pet just sitting there SO, shot it behind the head, waited, slashed its throat waited, and still it managed to lift its head swinging in a full circle, looking at me blinking its eyes--40 minutes went by!!!. NO CHIT! We said heck wit it, we pushed it down the hill in the snow, still leggs going/shaking all over, and finally when we pulled it to main road about 200 yards off the hill it kicked the bucket. All on video! Talk about Faces of Death. Some of them things have the will to live.

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Location: Fort Worth, TX
Joined: 09/01/2008
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Barnes Triple Shock and Elk

Share the video with us.........

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Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Joined: 09/05/2007
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Barnes Triple Shock and Elk

I'm with rezhunter. These animals are just plain tough. I have seen a bull hit twice right through the boiler room broadside stumble 100 yds then stand there waiting for his third. Obliging him he still stood there a few second before dropping!

I have reloaded with TSX in several calibers and have never seen a failure. My 12yr. old will be attempting to take his first bull this week with a 180gr. TSX in 8mm Mauser. I have full confidence the round can do the job.

Location: Richfield, Utah
Joined: 11/26/2008
Posts: 64
Barnes Triple Shock and Elk

Elk are tough. Barnes is a great bullet. I also like the Nosler Accubonds.

I had a client shoot a bull 4 times at 325 yards with a 7mm Rem mag and 162 grain sierras before it went down in 2007. All good vital hits.

My motto is keep shooting until there is no movement and then wait ready for a few before somebody starts over to the animal. They are tough!!!!

Location: Montana
Joined: 11/09/2008
Posts: 2
Barnes Triple Shock and Elk

Thanks to everyone for the replies. I feel much better about my bullets now.

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