Looking for real world hair test replies. I booked an elk hunt this November,outfitter says most shots are inside 300yds. I plan on using my 338-06AI, i can push a 210 partition to 2750 with sub 1" 100yd groups. I also have a load that will push a 160 barnes TTSX @3250 with moa groups. Have anybody used either one of these bullets on elk or moose?
Post by elkman1310 on Jan 12, 2022 16:33:49 GMT -5
I have hunted with a .338 winmag for many years and have taken 3 moose in Canada. two with 250gr Sierra Gameking and one with a 275gr Speer. I would go with the 210gr partion it's a very good bullet its sometimes not the most accurate but you're shooting at big animals. I would not go with the 160gr Barnes I tried some 180gr Barnes and they shot ok but for elk and moose go with the heavier bullets and you will be ok.
Ok, i have ran the numbers and 160 didn't have a big advantage in drop over the 210 inside of 400yds, it sounds good moving fast but the partition load is around moa group so plenty good for big animal. Thanks elk
I was a big heavy bullet fan from the start. With conventional bullets still am but Barnes are a different bread weight for weight they out penetrate conventional bullets by a wide margin. The frontal area being broken up I believe to be the reason. While I am never worried about penetration with an X I don’t believe they transfer as much energy either. I have shot a fair number of deer with a 338RUM nothing seemed to transfer energy better that an Accubond but I would never shoot anything larger than a deer with one either. I also would not want to hit the onside shoulder because it might not make it into chest cavity. I would agree with Elkman on Partitions.
Well I've never even seen an elk in the woods so this is my 1 big bucket list hunt, and I want to make sure I bring the best gear i can. This is a 338-06 AI, it shoots well and 210 partition is what I was planning to use. Thanks guys
Both loads you mentioned will work. I love the Barnes they will not come apart. The 4 petals just fold back and mushroom perfect. I killed 2 Elk with my 338 Win Mag 185gr TSX, 2 elk with my 7mm WSM with 150gr TTSX, I hunt at home with a 338 Federal using 185 gr TSX killed 2 Black bear and more Deer than you would want to count. Very Very Accurate in all my rifles.. My 2 cents.
Update to this, had to re register so the handle is slightly different. Never even got to take the safety off, so all my load development and range verification was for nothing but a tag sandwich, tastes like 💩💩
Maybell Co, private land with outfitter. Supposed to be on the migration route but apparently they had made it to the ranch yet. I worked my butt off getting ready physically and gear in order. I guess I will be looking for another chance in a few years. Just wish I could have gotten a chance.
Ok, so after the sting has worn off of not seeing anything to shoot, I've decided to try and plan another elk trip. So I'm asking for help from the guys here have been and know more than me. I would love to draw one of the prized NM tags but they are about 5% successful draw for nonresident. I'm in central AR so driving distance is a consideration but not deal breaker. I'm just a blue collar guy who wants to kill a decent elk. I've looked at several outfitters and most prices start at the limit of my realistic budget. And I'm not gonna kid myself into thinking I can go DIY in an area I've never stepped foot in and locate elk,kill an elk ,and pack it out with limited amount of time I will be able to take of work. If anyone knows an outfitter or guide with good success rates and not a second mortgage on my house I would appreciate any help or advice.
We're putting in for elk this fall, didn't draw last year so hopefully we get tags. We will be going guided, but still have to talk with the outfitter and iron out details. I haven't been there before so no firsthand experience.
Another option might be a semi-guided hunt or a private ranch that charges a trespass fee. Here's a couple examples: