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#6456768 - 04/30/12 01:08 AM Seeking recommendations for light elk cartridge in .308 WIN
Lionclaw Offline
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I need recommendations for factory .308 elk cartridges that will be stabilised well by a 1:12 twist.

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#6457097 - 04/30/12 02:41 AM Re: Seeking recommendations for light elk cartridge in .308 WIN [Re: Lionclaw]
Mull Offline
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Registered: 11/12/06
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Loc: North Georgia
I'd Shoot The 130 TSSX's Or Might Step Up To The 168 TSSX. Both are In Factory Loaded Ammo.

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#6458019 - 04/30/12 02:49 PM Re: Seeking recommendations for light elk cartridge in .308 WIN [Re: Mull]
scotts94_z28 Offline
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Registered: 11/09/11
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Loc: Rochester, NY
Federal 150gr TSX

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#6458267 - 04/30/12 04:26 PM Re: Seeking recommendations for light elk cartridge in .308 WIN [Re: Lionclaw]
Eremicus Offline
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Registered: 03/01/01
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Loc: Placerville,CA,USA
Any of the premium big game loads with 150-165 gr. bullets or any of the 180 gr. loads. E

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#6458296 - 04/30/12 04:35 PM Re: Seeking recommendations for light elk cartridge in .308 WIN [Re: Eremicus]
John_G Offline
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+1

I have two 1:12 308's and they both shoot well with bullets all the way to 180 gr. Maybe heavier, too, but I haven't tried them. The only ones I've shot elk with are the 165-gr. Interbond and the 180-gr. Partition.

There are lots of other factory loads that would work well: e-Tips, GMX's, Accubonds, etc. Heck, I think that the Hornady 165-gr. SPBT is good enough for elk.

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#6460168 - 05/01/12 02:01 AM Re: Seeking recommendations for light elk cartridge in .308 WIN [Re: John_G]
lastround Offline
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I used a 168 gr. TTSX handload at about 2700 fps two years ago on a 500 lb. cow with good results; behind the near shoulder and thru the off shoulder at a little over a hundred yds. Really tore up the lungs and dropped her after 20 yds. I think it probably could have been done with a lesser bullet, even a C&C, but I think the next time I get drawn I won't change a thing.
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#6460291 - 05/01/12 02:32 AM Re: Seeking recommendations for light elk cartridge in .308 WIN [Re: lastround]
hotsoup Offline
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180 gr partition

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#6460334 - 05/01/12 02:44 AM Re: Seeking recommendations for light elk cartridge in .308 WIN [Re: hotsoup]
dennisinaz Offline
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Registered: 12/09/02
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Loc: AZ
A 12 twist will stabilize almost any factory HUNTING round. My son uses 180 grain Norma Oryx loads and Federal tactical (loaded with 165 grain TBBC). Both have been just great.
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#6460467 - 05/01/12 03:18 AM Re: Seeking recommendations for light elk cartridge in .308 WIN [Re: Lionclaw]
boomwack Offline
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Registered: 12/27/11
Posts: 473
Loc: The Rockies
Any premium design bullet fodder stuff from 165 grains on up.

In ALL hunting situations, shot placement is paramount. But in elk hunting a little thought should be given to bullet construction, regardless of weight and diameter...... Unless you using a .50 cal or something grin
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#6467214 - 05/03/12 02:48 AM Re: Seeking recommendations for light elk cartridge in .308 WIN [Re: boomwack]
Lionclaw Offline
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Registered: 03/26/11
Posts: 20
Many Thanks for all your help. I am glad to read that bullets upto 180 grains should stabilise well in a 1:12 twist. That really opens up a lot of possibilites.
I am seriously looking at a Browning BLR in .308 but was indecisive because I had mistakenly thought that the Blr's 1:12 twist would not be able to properly stabilise anything more than 165 grain which would have limited my choices.After hearing many of your alls positive experiences with 180 grains I can set aside my doubts and buy the BLR in .308


Edited by Lionclaw (05/03/12 02:53 AM)

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