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Good bullet for elk

I have a 7mm rem mag that im going to use elk hunting what would be a good bullet Confused i handload just need help on finding the right bullet thanks

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Well this has been gone over

Well this has been gone over several times now and you will get many answers. I use Barnes 160gr TSX with excellent results. Great accuracy and performance. That said any good bullet will do the job.

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Hunter25 gave good advice.
I'm trying to find a load for my 25-06 and I'm wearing out powder choices and bullets looking for what I want. From what I've read TSX and Elk makes a good combination, but then so do a lot of other choices.
That's the beauty of it I think. So many choices, good ones, that it's hard to go wrong these days.

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For what it is worth, sold on the Barnes bullets! Tried many others and the accurracy and overall performance of the Barnes keeps me using it!!!

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Barnes is a good choice. I

Barnes is a good choice. I use them in a muzzleloader too. The Partition isn't a bad choice either.

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What a bunch of Guides told me

A few years back I was on a cow elk hunt on a private ranch in northern Utah.  It was Utah's Deseret Land and Livestock CWMU.  At lunch time all the guides got together at the clubhouse for lunch.  Guess what I asked them?  Yep, what is the best bullet and caliber for killing elk?  Every one of them agreed that the only thing that mattered was a bullet weight of at least 175 grains.  I know lots of folks kill elk with all kinds of rounds and that the science indicates you need 1,200 foot pounds of energy to kill an elk broadside or 2,000 foot pounds if it's quartering.  But, when a group of guides, who watch dozens of elk killed every season, say a bullet weight of 175 grains is vital- I would take that into consideration.  The reason was that the bullet held up better than lighter rounds.

Of course, before bullet weight came a discussion of always placing a round through both lungs first.  They were pretty frustrated with the client who tried to break shoulders on the first shot.  Now, I shot a cow at 70 yards with an 150 grain .270 round later that afternoon.  She didn't go down with a shot through the vitals, but did drop with one through the neck.  I'm a fan of the Winchester Accubond round.  The bonded rounds hold up well and the polimer tip gives me 300 more foot pounds of energy at 500 yards than their Power Point. Plus, Wal-mart carries them.

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Best bullet for Elk

My advice would be to use the bullet that is the most accurate in your rifle. Bullet placement is far more important than bullet type or caliber.

I'm not a fan of extra long range shooting at big game. I've killed more elk (and other big game animals) at under 200 yds than I have at over 200 yds. I don't think that I've ever killed an elk at over 300 yds.

I first started hunting elk in 1966 when I lived in Northwestern Colorado. The favorite elk rifle of the locals there was either a .270 Win or a .30-06. Following their advice, I bought a .30-06 and proceeded to kill an elk with it every year with standard cup and core Hornady and Sierra bullets. One of the quickest elk kills that I ever made, which was also one of my largest 6 point bulls was made with a 117 gr Sierra GameKing bullet from my .257 Ackley.

A few years after I moved to Montana, I "upgraded" my .30-06 to a .30 Gibbs that would push 180 gr bullets to almost 3000 fps, so I "upgraded" my bullets to 180 gr Nosler Partitions. That combination worked very well for me for 20 some years, killing a pile of elk, moose, caribou, and a Mountain goat.

My back-up foul weather rifle is a synthetic stocked stainless Remington 700 in 7 mm Rem magnum. That rifle likes 160 gr Nosler Accubond bullets, and I have successfully killed elk, caribou, musk ox, and a variety of African plains game animals with it.

My favorite elk rifle now is a .300 Weatherby shooting 168 gr TSX or TTSX bullets. These bullets are very accurate in my rifle, and they do not create as much bloodshot meat damage on elk than the 180 gr Partitions did.

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This past year,

I flattened a yearling elk with my 7mag. I was using a handloaded 175gr Hornady interlock using a max load of RL22 at 2,750 fps. Even at that less then blazing speed it was only dropping bout 5 1/2 inches at 300. I was grouping 5 shots in an inch and a half at 100 which was more then acceptable accuracy to me. I shot the elk at 335 yards broadside into the boiler room and the elk just flat disappeared. I had to just walk to the spot I last saw it to find it laying there barely going thru its last twitches. I also later used it to take a doe antelope at just over 300 and flattened with one shot Needless to say I like the 175 in the 7mag. Although, I plan on trying out the 168gr Berger for reload development in the future.

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eastmans hunting magazine

eastmans hunting magazine just did an elk bullet review. I beliver it was in last months issue. Pretty good read.

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