What FrontierGander said is very true, my son in law lost a bull that he shot at 15 steps 3 years back. we tracked him for 7 hours that was about 6 miles. he hit him hard on the shoulder but had no pinitration.
I called pb they told me to go to platinum aerotips for elk, and tompson center told me not to shoot less than 280gr out of my encore, by going to the 300gr I made my groops tighter and the platinums worked well on two elk that my groop and I took in 08. Good pinitration and good expansion.
My encore is 2" high at 100 yards so that puts it 4" low at 200. That keeps it in the zone on elk every time if I do my part.
First make sure your gun is safe, remove the bolt and clean your barrel from the chamber to the end of muzzle. Clean the barrel using butchers bore shine until a patch comes out white. Run a total of 5 separate patches soaked with denatured alcohol through the bore and let dry for 30 minutes. Insert a cleaning rod with a jag and a dry patch into the neck of the chamber. Make sure it will stay there through the next process. Now using another cleaning rod, install a patch that has been coated...