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WhelanLad 06-01-2012 12:20 PM

308 bullet for elk
Hey guys which soft pont factory round would you suggest for Elk sized animals out to 300.

Normally use a 35 whelen but going to use a little light synthetic 308 for trekkin this winter for our Sambar in Aus.. Elk sized.


hardluk1 06-01-2012 02:38 PM

Is a basic sp the only ammo you can to use. I would tend to use a bonded bullet on a trip like that and then it would be what 150 or 165 it likes best assuming weight is 400 to 800lbs. Accubond , swift sciroco, rem core-lokt ultra bonded, hornady interbond. They all well work real well. If your takeing ammo try a couple . If your buying there see what you can get. All will work well.

jjfuller1 06-01-2012 03:27 PM

i would try hornadys 165gr interlock BTSP, or the SST and see how they fire from your rifle. i would suggest trying some other brands such as rem core lokt, etc. i also say stay at 165 gr or higher.

94browninghunt 06-01-2012 03:38 PM

The 308 is a fine choice as long as you are confident in your abilites.

To take down a game the size of an elk, around 1100-1300 ft/lb is needed to make a clean shot.

So 165NBT or 165ss, 165 PSBT,180 NP are great choices out to 400-500 yards.

Hope the above website helps^^

Sniper03 06-01-2012 04:02 PM

I would stick with the Partitions being Nosler, Hornady or Barnes! In the 165 grain weight area. And as we know the key is also shot placement.


fireguy 06-01-2012 08:38 PM

I saw on "Choose Your Weapon" on the Outdoor channel the other night one of the guys picked a .308 and a 150 gr. bullet for Caribou. To me the bullet seemed kind of light for a big animal like that. He proved me wrong.

SSGN_Doc 06-01-2012 08:42 PM

A strong jacket is what you're looking for to get the round all the way into teh boiler room and shut that animal down. .308 short action rifles make trekking through the mountains a lot more pleasant than hauling a big magnum rifle. Stalking in close will be another consideration.

Folks still use bows on this size animal so a .308 with the right load and shot placement ought to be plenty big medicine for the job.

WhelanLad 06-02-2012 10:16 AM

I dont want to reload an i wanna keep ot cheap as i wanna shoot the gun a bit more than my bigger 35.

Seein how federal blue box 150 an maybe 180? Go.??
Rem core lokt is always a good choice but prices here in aus hav risen a bit.
Winnie super x is an option also.

I stalk em up close with a gundog but occaisonally glass out over valleys an shot one at 300+ with a whelen. Preferably wont shoot that far unless i have too.

Look forward to carryin light synthetic 308 around on a few hunts now that the snow has started pushin them down.

Any talk on these ammo performing

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