View Full Version : Whats your elk bullet?

04-07-2012, 08:13 PM
This year I'll be using a 7mm rem mag for elk and a 160 grain Nosler AccuBond bullet. Im using Reloader22 and IMR7828 short cut trying to find the right load. I have used AccuBonds on deer and antelope and they have worked great but never shot an elk with one. Anyone ever use 160 AccuBonds for elk? What bullet are you using for elk in the rifle you use?

Bitterroot Bulls
04-07-2012, 08:38 PM
I have shot bulls with Remington CoreLokt, Speer Grand Slam, Partition, Accubond, Fail Safe, TSX, TTSX, and Berger VLD Hunting.

They all worked as advertised for me. My favorite on-game performance came from the Barnes. I haven't got my 2012 picks quite narrowed down yet, though.

04-07-2012, 09:38 PM
225gr Tipped TSX @3100fps

04-07-2012, 09:42 PM
Have shot 2 elk with my 7mm WSM using 160 grain Accubonds, both one shot kills. One was a 310 yards, dropped in its tracks.

04-08-2012, 09:10 AM
I use the same as you. Killed a 350" bull at 425 yards with pass through. Also alot of 300lb mule deer all with awesome performance.

04-08-2012, 09:40 AM
I've also had good luck with the Accubonds. I took a 6x6 bull two years ago with a 200 gr. Accubond in my 300 ICL. Good performance. Years ago, I used 65 grs. of old H4831 in my 160 gr 7 mag loads with good luck.


04-08-2012, 10:20 AM
150 grain barnes ttsx in the .284 ( borderline for BIG elk or not quite placed right) and 180 grain ttsx in the .300 win mag

04-08-2012, 11:23 AM
Sounds like the 160 AccuBond will work. Thanks. I was thinking of trying Barnes but the AccuBond has worked so good on deer and goats I thought a 160 will probably do good on elk. I see on different forums alot of people are using them.

Colorado Cowboy
04-08-2012, 11:32 AM
180 Nosler Partition in my .300 Wby. All I ever use in it for elk & moose.

04-08-2012, 10:13 PM
Barnes TTSX

04-08-2012, 10:23 PM
270 WSM 140 grain Accubond

04-09-2012, 10:22 AM
7 Mag 180 Grain Berger VLD

04-09-2012, 12:50 PM
I mainly use my tikka t3 .300 win mag when elk hunting and it prefers nosler partitions. I tried to use barnes tsx but I just couldn't get them to group as well as the partitions.

04-09-2012, 06:42 PM
I like my 225 grain Accubonds out of my .338 WM!!

04-10-2012, 05:31 PM
30-06 with 180gr Accubonds.

04-10-2012, 10:14 PM
I tend to shoot whatever my rifle prefers, but i have had exceptional results with Barnes.

04-21-2012, 05:35 PM
I used the Barnes on elk last year in my 300 win mag and the all copper bullet did the trick!

04-21-2012, 09:08 PM
180 grain Barnes TSX being pushed by IMR7828 out of my 300 WM.

05-23-2012, 07:27 AM
165 Accubond in my 300 WSM at a bit over 3000 fps is what i am going with.

05-24-2012, 02:16 AM
I use 168 grain Berger vld 7mm for deer, elk, and bear spot and stalk. Varmits too where legal.

Old Hunter
05-24-2012, 11:29 AM
In a muzzleloader I use a Barnes made Thor bullet.

In a CF gun I always used the Partition, but I did try an Accubond once, and was impressed with it.

05-24-2012, 11:40 AM
The Barnes TSX is my go to bullet. Still shoot Partitions in a few guns, but use 10 barnes for every 1 nosler. You just can't beat the TSX.

05-24-2012, 01:24 PM
the two animals I shot with the barnes bullets were a cow elk with a 35 whelen, shot her twice with perfect placement broadside and they penciled through. Shot an antelope with 7mm 140 ttsx broadside at 100 yards and no pass through. both resulted in kills though performance was disappointing. Since then I've switched to accubonds and I am very impressed, big bulls drop in their tracks as do deer and antelope. I'm sure the barnes stuff is just fine but I won't be using them ever again. My two cents... stick with the accubonds...

6mm Remington
05-24-2012, 09:51 PM
90 yards, 300 WSM, one 180 gr. Accubond. Dropped right there.

Picture perfect.


6mm Remington, 350 yards, one shot with 90 gr. E-tip. She went 20 yards.

90 gr. E-tip testing

6mm Remington
05-24-2012, 10:01 PM
120 gr. Nosler Partition at 25 yards. Stopped inside jug number 5. Awesome bullet. My dad only uses 160 gr. Partitions in his 7mm Mag and has killed everything with it. Cannot go wrong with that one either.


30-06 and 165 gr. Accubond out of my #1B with its 26" barrel at 25 yards. Through 5 and smacked number 6 and shoved it about 2" on the board but did not penetrate number 6.


Here is how it was found.

This just shows a good top view of the 90 gr. E-tips and how they expanded. Pretty impressed with them also.


6mm Remington
05-24-2012, 10:23 PM
25-06 120 gr. Partition at 250 yards. One shot quartering away. Hit her perfectly where shown and the bullet exited the off-side tight behind the right shoulder. She went 40 yards and tipped over. Great performance. Young man was laying down using a bi-pod and the elk had no idea we were there. Made a great shot and great performance with the Partition again!


Could have taken her whole on the game cart but we had these new Blacks Creek Canadian packs so we wanted to try them out. I put a front quarter, both backstraps, and the tenderloins in my pack and my son had one front quarter in his bag. We put the rear quarters just cut right in front of the quarter across the animal and loaded them up on the cart. Both the "Critter Cart" and the packs worked great. So did the 25-06!


05-24-2012, 10:49 PM
Very nice review........Thanks for sharing.