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Ok BEST bullet in general for elk.
« on: August 03, 2020, 10:41:09 PM »
I know we have been talking about Lead Bullets but what is everyone's thoughts on BEST ELK BULLET PERIOD! I shoot a knight bighorn and have always shot the 295g HP Power belts and have killed elk in the past but i want to change because i know there are way better bullets. And Go!!!

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Re: Ok BEST bullet in general for elk.
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2020, 06:13:56 AM »
I'm pretty sure Sabotloader will say the Lehighs are the best. I think they are the same or really close to the Knight Bloodlines. Ive tried them, but probably havent put enough effort into them. They are extremely hard to load and I cant get consistent groupings with them. Some day I may put more effort into them because I love the concept.

Ive been shooting Barnes 300 grain expander MZ bullets and have harvested about 10 elk with them. Excellent bullet Great performance and expansion. I have collected a few that look exactly like the one in my avitar. I got that out of my Dayton muzzy bull.but also extremely hard to seat even with experimenting with different sabots. Tried the TEZs and didnt find them any easier to load.

I was able to pick up 2 boxes of speer deep curls. They had a great reputation for a muzzy elk bullet. I will be trying them out soon.
 
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Re: Ok BEST bullet in general for elk.
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2020, 06:26:43 AM »
I have been impressed with the barnes bullets. Started running them in my knight bighorn a couple years ago as it loves to shoot good groups with them. Perfect mushroom and performance on every animal I have shot with them. Have even switched over to them in my 7mm for rifle hunting as well with equally great results.

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Re: Ok BEST bullet in general for elk.
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2020, 06:41:49 AM »
I shot a bull a couple years ago with a t/c shockwave. It did itís job. I wonít be changing until I see a reason
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Re: Ok BEST bullet in general for elk.
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2020, 07:04:35 AM »
I'm pretty sure Sabotloader will say the Lehighs are the best. I think they are the same or really close to the Knight Bloodlines. Ive tried them, but probably havent put enough effort into them. They are extremely hard to load and I cant get consistent groupings with them. Some day I may put more effort into them because I love the concept.

Ive been shooting Barnes 300 grain expander MZ bullets and have harvested about 10 elk with them. Excellent bullet Great performance and expansion. I have collected a few that look exactly like the one in my avitar. I got that out of my Dayton muzzy bull.but also extremely hard to seat even with experimenting with different sabots. Tried the TEZs and didnt find them any easier to load.

I was able to pick up 2 boxes of speer deep curls. They had a great reputation for a muzzy elk bullet. I will be trying them out soon.
I'm thinking the bloodlines got discontinued.  (Maybe it was just the ones I wanted or the carriers.)  I liked them but had to switch to the Lehigh after not finding any more Lehigh.  I have a mountaineer and it likes either.  They were a little tough to load as you say, so I switched to the crush rib sabots and then they were pretty easy until about shot 7 or 8.

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Re: Ok BEST bullet in general for elk.
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2020, 07:59:38 AM »
I like the 290gr Barnes T-EZ and the 300gr Swift A-Frame (opens down to 850fps)

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Re: Ok BEST bullet in general for elk.
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2020, 08:42:48 AM »
Barnes.

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Re: Ok BEST bullet in general for elk.
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2020, 10:18:44 AM »
Thor/Barnes or just flat out big heavy conicals. I prefer round balls, but sadly colorado now requires a 54 for elk and moose.

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Re: Ok BEST bullet in general for elk.
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2020, 11:17:34 AM »
Any of the sold coper bullets are great. I shot the bloodline bullets and they do there job. Imo a copper or brass slug way out performs lead in a muzzle loader. The hornadys sst in 300g are a great option also.

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Re: Ok BEST bullet in general for elk.
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2020, 11:19:59 AM »
Any of the sold coper bullets are great. I shot the bloodline bullets and they do there job. Imo a copper or brass slug way out performs lead in a muzzle loader. The hornadys sst in 300g are a great option also.

I agree. Having shot lead for years, I donít think there is any comparison.

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Re: Ok BEST bullet in general for elk.
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2020, 08:59:57 PM »
Cool I think i will pick up some Barnes this weekend and try them out.  What load are you guys using with the 300g Expander.  I like shooting Triple seven FFFG.

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Re: Ok BEST bullet in general for elk.
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2020, 10:12:38 PM »
Any of the sold coper bullets are great. I shot the bloodline bullets and they do there job. Imo a copper or brass slug way out performs lead in a muzzle loader. The hornadys sst in 300g are a great option also.

What makes you say copper bullets outperform lead?

I don't want to argue, but I'm interested in your perspective/experience.

I shoot a Harvester hard cast lead, and they are brutally effective on elk.    Most amazing wound channels I've ever seen.

But I am open to learning.

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Re: Ok BEST bullet in general for elk.
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2020, 10:29:00 PM »
I too shoot the Harvester lead bullets in my Bighorn. In a black crush rib sabot over 90 gr of Pyrodex select! :yeah:

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Re: Ok BEST bullet in general for elk.
« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2020, 12:42:49 AM »
lead bullets often get a bad reputation by folks using powerbelts and pushing a tiny light weight bullet way past its limits. Big heavy, non hollow point lead slugs often do just as fine as copper bullets.

Its hunting, hunters are suckers for the next biggest, best thing.

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Re: Ok BEST bullet in general for elk.
« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2020, 06:57:43 AM »
Yup, you got that right. I like big lead bullets that go thru both sides and leave 2 blood trails.

 


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