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Poll Question: Which Bullet for elk using 7mm WSM
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I am looking for a bullet to use on elk out of my Browning X-bolt 7mm WSM, i will be hunting in eastern Oregon for Spike elk, and i am pretty sure that i will not be taking a shot that is over 300 yds, so any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
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All of those listed would work fine on elk.  I've shot 2 elk with my 270 win.  One with a 150 grain nosler partition and one with  a 140 grain TSX.   I prefer the TSX, but both worked well.  
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I generally prefer heavier bullets, but the Barnes TTSX is superior.  I think I would choose it...
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No losers in that group, I went with the sectional density.
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Don't get to hung up on what bullet to use.  Just find one that shoots good in your rifle and stick with it.  All these premium bullets are way over rated IMO.  I have killed elk with basic soft points on up to Accubonds and Barnes.  They all killed the elk just fine.  Making a good hit on then animal is way more important than a brand of bullet will ever be.  If you make a bad hit, no premium bullet is going to fix that.  But if you hit the lungs or heart, any bullet will do the trick.  For an elk a heavier bullet would be better IMO if you go with a lead filled bullet.  If you choose an all copper then the lighter will probably work as good as they loose less weight. 

I am really liking Sierra Game Kings, they shoot great in everything I have tried, they have a good BC, and kill what I shoot without any problem.  The Hornady partition type work great too.  I can buy 3 or 4 times the amount of Sierra or Hornady's for the price of Accubonds or Barnes.  That equals lots more practice.


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Originally posted by supertool73 supertool73 wrote:

Don't get to hung up on what bullet to use.  Just find one that shoots good in your rifle and stick with it.  All these premium bullets are way over rated IMO.  I have killed elk with basic soft points on up to Accubonds and Barnes.  They all killed the elk just fine.  Making a good hit on then animal is way more important than a brand of bullet will ever be.  If you make a bad hit, no premium bullet is going to fix that.  But if you hit the lungs or heart, any bullet will do the trick.  For an elk a heavier bullet would be better IMO if you go with a lead filled bullet.  If you choose an all copper then the lighter will probably work as good as they loose less weight. 

I am really liking Sierra Game Kings, they shoot great in everything I have tried, they have a good BC, and kill what I shoot without any problem.  The Hornady partition type work great too.  I can buy 3 or 4 times the amount of Sierra or Hornady's for the price of Accubonds or Barnes.  That equals lots more practice.



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Agree with the gameking , to much bullet fluff on high end stuff.  Buying 500 rds and shooting the rifle from all positons, (get of the bench) better path.
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I agree that just about any reasonably well constructed bullet will work well for elk, with good shot placement.  I do think that hard bullets like the Barnes provide a bit of extra insurance, if the heavy bones of the shoulder are encountered,  but so do standard bullets with high sectional densities.

I have killed bulls with Accubonds, TSX, and Remington Core Lokts with the same results.

Like ST said, find the best shooting bullet for your rifle.


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+1 On what Supertool said. IMHO accuracy counts more than "super" construction. If it shoots well out of your rifle, and your aim is good, the elk will die.
   I shoot 178gr. AMAX's out of my 300 WSM, and they blow through 1/2" steel plate at 470yds. This is a bullet that is not rated for even medium game by Hornady.
   With the 7mm WSM, I would look into 160gr. or 175gr. Sierra Game Kings. 180gr. Berger's also get very good reviews, but are pretty expensive. 
  
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