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#12042855 - 05/19/17 180gr silver tips  
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Wife bought a 308 win with a 20'barrel; thought she had to have one, picked up some 180 silver tips and power points from my dad made in the 80's will they work for elk under 300yds?.

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#12042907 - 05/19/17 Re: 180gr silver tips [Re: action]  
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If you can shoot straight and hit behind the shoulders.. You might have some trailing to do, but they will do the job.. So will a .222, the trail might be a bit longer..

#12043256 - 05/20/17 Re: 180gr silver tips [Re: action]  
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I'd be A-Ok with either in a 308. I'd bet Bullet performance will be great at those ranges.


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There's a lot better choices for elk than the Silvertip or Powerpoints in the .308. Will she be hunting cows? Bulls? If cows, sure....but if a big ol bull shows up I'd have reservations. Neither is known to be the most stout bullet made.....

Best of luck on your hunt.


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#12043445 - 05/20/17 Re: 180gr silver tips [Re: action]  
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Originally Posted by action
Wife bought a 308 win with a 20'barrel; thought she had to have one, picked up some 180 silver tips and power points from my dad made in the 80's will they work for elk under 300yds?.


180g Power Points worked for my son-in-law closer to 400 yards. He was shooting into the sun and the haze/mirage from blast gases obscured our vision for a second. The cow was on the ground before our vision cleared. Basically a classic bang-flop DRT.

If the ammo was stored well (i.e. in a cool, dark, dry place) it should be fine and the shelf life will be measured in decades. Extreme temperature swings and humidity (wet) are the primary dangers to long term storage. UV rays, not so much and anyplace indoors is generally good UV protection.

If the ammo shows signs of corrosion, if the the storage was not temp controlled or there are other reasons to suspect the ammo may have been poorly stored, it should be inspected carefully before shooting it and possibly disposed of without shooting it. Most likely it is safe but a new box for the hunt might be advised regardless.

My concern would be a squib load resulting in a bullet stuck in the barrel, followed by another load. Bad news. My other concern would be inconsistent performance due to some degradation of the ammo, In any case, I would use the old ammo for practice and get a couple new boxes for final practice and the actual hunt.

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#12044338 - 05/20/17 Re: 180gr silver tips [Re: action]  
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I use Winchester Super X 180 grain power points out of my 30/06. They work great on elk. I tested them in some wet phone books, I got 13" of penetration & the bullet was a perfect mushroom & weighted 140 grains. I don't see a 308 Winchester as a problem. Bob

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I've only used a Silvertip 1 time. It was a 150 gr in a 270. I don't know if this was the fault of the bullet or just bad luck. A 3x3 deer was angling toward me. I shot at about 60 or 70 yds at the point of the shoulder which was in a direct line with the heart. The bullet didn't enter. It went under the hide, slid sideways, and slid the full length of the rib cage between the hide and the bones. It didn't enter until just in front of the last rib and you know what's behind that. It was pretty messy. He ran nearly 200 yds before he crumpled. He was dead when I got to him. I didn't find the bullet to see what happened.
On the chance that it was the bullet, I've never bothered to use them since. Also, this was the only big game animal I've shot with a factory round since I was in college in the 60's.


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The old Silvertips were very prone to shatter and blow up without much penetration.

Power Points on the other hand have been outstanding. Far more accurate then I expected and the expansion and weight retention were 1st class.
We (my wife and a few friends) used them 2 years ago on our elk hunt and the retained weight of the 2 that were recovered from 3 elk was as good as a Nosler Partition. I was super impressed.


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