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#12035428 - 05/16/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: saddlesore]  
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Originally Posted by saddlesore
Yep, a one lung hit elk can go far.That is why you hear so many guys say they shoulder shoot because lung shots don't put them down.When in truth it's the shooter not doing his job. No inference to 30338 here


Bull was perfectly broadside. A hard cast conical would, in that instance and in my opinion, have put meat in the freezer. One lung won't do it.

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#12036154 - 05/16/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: Phoneman]  
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Originally Posted by Phoneman
From what ive read, if I was going after an elk, id try a hard cast conical of some sort or one of those barnes sabots.


Both are good choices, unless you're hunting CO. No sabots allowed during the ML season.



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#12036689 - 05/16/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: MadMooner]  
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I thought bb455 was a powerbelt advocate.?


#12036743 - 05/16/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: Tom264]  
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Originally Posted by Tom264
I thought bb455 was a powerbelt advocate.?


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#12039857 - 05/18/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: MadMooner]  
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I've taken several elk (including a large bull) and a bull moose with 325 grain .54 cal lead Powerbelts. Only 80 grains of Pyrodex for extra tight groups and no problem bringing down the game. I may switch to rounball and real black when I run out of them. Caplock Hawken.

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#12042823 - 05/19/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: MadMooner]  
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Plumdog millionaire?



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#12045073 - 05/21/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: smokepole]  
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Ha! Not hardly....can't even afford horses. Always public land DIY. Powerbelts and a wall tent my only luxuries.

#12045207 - 05/21/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: Plumdog]  
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You know the movie, right?



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#12045389 - 05/21/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: smokepole]  
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I haven't seen it so I didn't get it...! Gonna see if it's at Redbox

#12045562 - 05/21/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: MadMooner]  
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Worth checking out.



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#12047646 - 05/22/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: smokepole]  
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Here's a bull moose taken here in CO with my TC .50 ML, using a 348 gr. Powerbelt. Hit in the shoulder, bullet passed thru the far side. Moose took 2 steps and fell over. [Linked Image]


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#12049338 - 05/23/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: MadMooner]  
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If I were hunting elk , and I only had one shot , I would call Hawk Bullets in Salem New Jersey. Talk to the owner , explain what you want to do and ask for a recommendation of the Bullets he makes.

I did just that for a Bear hunt in Newfoundland, shot a 500 lb bear , he ran about 45 yards and was DOA . I was using a Knight disc rifle at the time . Tried a few different bullets to get the right load.

Good luck,

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#12049354 - 05/23/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: MadMooner]  
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If I were hunting elk, I'd use the same bullet I always have, the 348 grain PB:

[Linked Image]



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#12049825 - 05/23/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: MadMooner]  
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Has anyone used the Federal Bor Lock on elk? I need to find a good solid bullet to shoot out of my Encore for Colorado elk. Looks like Federal only offer two choices. Any input on other options are also appreciated.

#12050110 - 05/23/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: MadMooner]  
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RDD, check out www.thorbullets.com

#12051548 - 05/24/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: MadMooner]  
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I did look up the Thor bullets and read several reviews on them. From what I read they should work for elk. I didn't ever see anyone mention if they are hard to load for a follow up shot. I use Blackhorn powder in my muzzleloader. What weight of Thor would you or have you used on elk?

#12051792 - 05/24/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: MadMooner]  
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No they are not hard to load on a following shot, especially with bh209.

I use the 250gr version personally. They offer a 300gr version and this year, a new one size fits all thor bullet.

#12052075 - 05/24/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: bigblock455]  
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How have those 250's worked on elk for you?



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#12052132 - 05/24/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: MadMooner]  
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I use round balls for elk. Used to use 224 grain balls but am now shooting a .50cal so I'll be testing a 177-178 grain ball this year with any luck.

#12056610 - 05/27/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: MadMooner]  
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We harvested 3 large mule bucks this year with 250 grain .452 in sabots over 120 grains BH209. 2 Bullets were Shockwave cored and 1 Hornady sst. All 3 entered at a thumb holesize and exited at 4 knuckle wide complete pass through and gone.

1 entered left shoulder humerus bone shattered it took out both lungs and out taking about 3 ribs. Shot at 50 yards morning.
1 entered right shoulder humerus bone shattered turned up through lungs and out the left spine obliterating it. Shot at 100 yards that evening.
Mine entered left side through triceps took both lungs and hit the humerus bone on the way out. Shot same time in evening 100 yards.

Again, all ram through shots, no bullet found. Thumb knuckle hole size in and 4 knuckle wide TO MY PALM wide out. Didn't matter if multiple bones where in the way or not. Not one mule deer made even so much of a step, it was like they got hit by by a truck!

The hemorrhaged tissue was massive, to the point I felt sorry for them . Now i know this is an elk thread, but those mule deer were large. With that kind of damage I would think they would take an elk easily, but I would step them up to at least 300 grains just for good measure.

[Linked Image]

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#12056892 - 05/27/17 Re: Bullets for elk? [Re: MadMooner]  
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So you were not hunting in Colorado and those are not elk?

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