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Elk Bullets

Assuming they generally shoot the same, which of the following 180 grain 30-06 bullets would you choose for elk hunting: (1) Remington Premier Swift-A Frame; (2) Federal Premium Nosler Partition; or (3) Federal Premium Barnes Triple Shock?

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Personally I would go with

Personally I would go with the Barnes 165gr TSX and you could even drop down to the 150gr TSX they are a great performing bullet. 

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Any reason you'd go with the

Any reason you'd go with the lighter bullets?  I've heard of people using 165s, but most tend to shy away from 150s.  Thanks.

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With the Barnes solid copper

With the Barnes solid copper bullets they hold together witch equal deeper penatration.  It was years ago that I read that if you use a standard or a bonded bullet in lets say 180 gr that you could drop one or two sizes with the barnes.  Also with the 150gr or 165gr bullets you can get them going a little bit faster for a little bit better trajectory downrange. 

I shot an 7x6 bull elk one morning at a range that was way over a few yards too far with a .340 Weatherby shooting a Barnes 225gr X bullet.  I hit the bull twice and had compleate pass through of both bullets.  I know for a fact that the Swith A frame or the 250gr Nosler patition would not of done it but they are both fine bullets.  Also as far as shooting elk with a 30-06 I have killed more of them with a 150 grain Sierra boat tail than any other bullet until I started shooting my .340. 

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not the 180 TSXs

I've had good luck with Partitions and in phone book tests, the A-Frames have compared well.  I would not shoot that heavy of a bullet in the TSX.  I've seen enough about them to make me worried that at nonmagnum velocities, they won't open up as well.  If you want to use a TSX, go down a little in weight to keep the impact velocity up.  The penetrate like crazy, so you don't need the heavy bullet at relatively low velocity.  I have taken several elk with partitions and trust them to both expand and fragement, plus penetrate with the rear end.  Never recovered one. 

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I use winchester supreme xp3

I use winchester supreme xp3 in 180gr for everthing out of my 30-06, they work great for me.

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I sware by the nosler

I sware by the nosler partitions myself!...but 250gr!Whistling

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It's a little hard finding a

It's a little hard finding a 250 gr partition for a .30 caliber. 

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I still want some of those 185gr for my .340 mag!

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It's a little hard finding a 250 gr partition for a .30 caliber. 

 

LOL! Yeah, I know...those are for that hand cannon I am shooting down range!Wink

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My Barnes .340 XLC Boat Tails

HeavyC wrote:

Critter wrote:

It's a little hard finding a 250 gr partition for a .30 caliber. 

 

LOL! Yeah, I know...those are for that hand cannon I am shooting down range!Wink

 

You'll be looking for a long time tring to find any of the Barnes coated bullets anymore.  I have no idea why they quit making them except that shooters were not buying them.  Witch remindes me I need to head to the range and check out my new loads with them.  I'm pushing them right close to 3400 fps witch should give me some great range possibilities with a 300 yard zero.  Not to mention the knock down power. 

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Yep, no hope finding them!

Critter wrote:

HeavyC wrote:

Critter wrote:

It's a little hard finding a 250 gr partition for a .30 caliber. 

 

LOL! Yeah, I know...those are for that hand cannon I am shooting down range!Wink

 

You'll be looking for a long time tring to find any of the Barnes coated bullets anymore.  I have no idea why they quit making them except that shooters were not buying them.  Witch remindes me I need to head to the range and check out my new loads with them.  I'm pushing them right close to 3400 fps witch should give me some great range possibilities with a 300 yard zero.  Not to mention the knock down power. 

 

Yeah I bet I will never find anything close! I sure would love those rounds for the big mulies!

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