Because it is a solid copper bullet with a polymer tip I would expect a quicker expansion than deeper penetration on a animal the size of an elk. I personally don't like a "tipped" bullet for elk. Most of them are designed to open up quick on thin skinned animals such as deer and antelope, but they will work on a animal the size of an elk. Just don't hit him in the shoulder and expect for him to drop and be ready for a follow up shot.
You'll have to let us know how they perform when you get that bull.
I toompersoanlly think that the cooper core of the E tip bullet will allow for faters expansion, which like said will take away from some of your penetration. I think the E Tip is a good decent bulley but woulf not be my forst choice for an elk or large boned animals. I personally shoot the Nosler Accubond...while it too do have a polymer tip I have had nothing but great ruslts from this bullet. I got a complete pass thru on a cow elk at 355 yards....she went 30 yards and was down for good.
I as well would like to hear some field reports on how the tipped bullets work. According to what I have read they should still penetrate better than conventional bullets due to the extremely controlled expansion due to the bullet material. Supposedly the tip was added to the triple shocks because of poor expansion when velocity dropped to low. The tip was supposed to ensure expansion and add to the aerodynamics as well. I hunt with the Barnes triple shocks with the conventional hoolw point but would like to see a comparison between the two types.
I will never hunt with ballistic tips again and have even seen some pretty devastating results with the accubonds. They penetrated very well with very quick expansion. By the same principle these should open quickly and penetrate a little better.
I tend to shoot bullets with a little lead in them for fragmentation, so I normally lean towards heavier for caliber stuff for elk. But, my biggest bull was shot with something similar in a 130 TSX .270 WSM. Light for caliber seems to work fine when using monometals.
130 gr. bullet is a bit small for elk in my eyes. i have hear good things about the E tip bullets, but i like bonded bullets better..
its all about shot placement and being able to hold out for an ethical shot. I have shot 9 elk with plain old 130 grain winchesters and have never lost an animal nor have i had to track an animal and 7 of those were bulls. All about shot placement.
I shoot a model 70 feather weight 308 built in 1954 I bought a box of 150 grain 4 years ago have shot 6 deer white tail in northern Maine 3 over 200 field dressed they are an awesome bullet matter of fact devastating no chasing any of them. Best bullet I have ever used. still have 13 bullets out of the box of 20 used .one for checking scope. deadly. Can't find them up here. Please advise where I could purchase them . thanks and good luck
With the solid bullet and tip they usually will pass through. The tip expands then quicker, but they still retain 95-99% of their weight. I shoot Barnes and at high velocity, so i switched to the tipped bullets as they open up a little faster. At the speed I am shooting the TSX did not want to open up as fast inside 250 yds. I have more devastation now at that range with the tipped. I too moved away from any Balistic tip as it did not hold together well for much penatration. It killed the crap out of the animal, it was just not pretty and I did not hit bone. I could only imagine the meat loss of a few inches off if that BT bullet ever struck a shoulder. Try it and if you don't like it there are some other choices, but I think it will do just fine.
Let me start off by saying that I am a scaredy cat.
For someone that spent 3 years in 82nd Airborne jumping out of all manner of military aircraft, my friends find this ludicrous - but... it is what it is!
Climbing stand? Yep, still scared - put me up 15' and that is about it.
Ladder stands? I am better in these - but still cautious.
Chain on stands? Used to love them, now they terrify me.
I was once ridiculed for putting chain on stands waaaay too high - some of my friends...