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Best 30-06 Elk Loads?

Looking for advice on the best 30-06 elk bullets available. I'm not a reloader, but have 180-gr. AccuBond and Grand Slams in stock.

Steve

P.S. I normally short an inch behind the shoulder, but just in case - will the above two bullets penetrate an elk's shoulder and get past the vitals?

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I used a 180 Accubond this last season.
Great performer.
Any of the bonded core bullets would be more than enough for elk.
My hunting partner uses 180 Hornady round nose with positive results.

I like the bonded core but, I pick the bullet that shoots best out of that particular rifle.

I tried Accubond, Interbond, Trophy Bonded, Grand Slam.
They all shot well. I just happened to choose the Accubond.

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So will a 180-gr. AccuBond blowout the shoulder of an elk if that's about your only option?

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I don't know what you mean by "Blow out the shoulder".
The Accubond is a bonded core bullet and capable of breaking the shoulder of a bull elk.
They are very well constructed bullets but, so are the Interbond and especially the Trophy Bonded Bear Claw.
The 180gr Nosler Accubond shot through a 30-06 would be capable of bringing down any game animal you would hunt in the lower 48 and some.

If I had to choice between the Accubond and the Grand slam for breaking bone. I would go with the Accubond.
If I wanted a true bone breaker I would go with the Trophy Bonded Bear Claw.

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The bonded accubond acts like a balistic tip bullet. but doesn't decinigrate on impact. The answer is yes (will it blow the shoulder up, meat damage), but the bullet will penetrate and finish the job. I shoot the swift sciroccos and have no problem, but have learned to slip it into the ribs. Due to the meat damage (not good) that results from this. If meat damage is a priority and you don't want it to happen I suggest that you shoot some barnes X bullets. They are awsome and will get the job done from almost any angle. They penetrate and and cause little meat damage. Let your gun have a little fun and shoot some premium bullets made for penatration and see what is most accurate.

Shoot safe and have fun Reuben

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Do yourself a favor and don't intentionally shoot an elk in the shoulder at whatever range. Especially quartering towards you.

Its rather hard to address whether it will "blow out a shoulder" w/o knowning anything about shot distance (i.e. energy at impact). 100 yards shouldn't be an issue. 500 yards is another story...

Accubonds or grand slams should be fine. If in doubt, step up to a bigger cartridge. 7mm stw, 300 win mag, 300 rum, 338 lapua, 50 bmg, the list goes on and on....

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Best 30-06 Elk Loads?

Gentlemen, the Nosler Accubond is a bullet meant for long range hunting and up close can give a new meaning to bloodshot meat etc. However, It will hold together and accomplish the task at hand. I would favor the GandSlams under 200 yards, if using a magnum like the 7mm mag or the 300 Win mag etc. Either will not leave a hunter holding the bag mind you.

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The Sierra Gameking from Federal is another great choice, and of course the Hornady Light Magnum 180, at a claimed MV of 2880 fps, is another winner.

For a 200 grain 30-06, I guess a Nosler would be best, I've never loaded 200 grain bullets in my 30-06.

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I agree with bitmasher. An elk has a pretty heavy shoulder bone. I wouldn't count on being able to "blow it out" with anything less than a .338 win mag, or a .45-70. Aim for the heart/lung area and any 180 grain bullet shot from a .30-06 will do just fine. Unless you're packing some pretty heavy artillery, though, I'd consider the shoulder a low-percentage shot.

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I have used a Ruger#1 on 6 elk shots all using the Nosler Partition 180 grain All 6 ended up one shot kills from 80-210 yards. Another bullet that is good is the new Barnes triple groved bullet, that I have used on Moose.

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Thanks to everyone for your replies!

My 30-06 semi-auto likes the 180-gr. AccuBonds at 2,750 fps the best and the new Remington 700 SPS Stainless with 24" barrel likes the 30-06 Partitions at 2,890 fps.

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