SST is not a good elk bullet, to explosive. If i were going to be using a .270 on elk the only bullet i'd consider would be a 150 barnes TSX
Sam, I wasnt trying to say a .270 isnt an acceptable elk cartridge. Although it wouldnt be at the top of my list for elk, if a good controlled explansion bullet is used you should be able to pound through a heavy shoulder with little problem.
I used the 130SST this year for the first time on deer out of my .270wsm and shot 2 deer with it, one at 165yds the other about 150. i found the jackets of both bullets when i was butchering without any lead core to be found, basically zero weight retention.
Personally i like a bullet that has at least 75% weight retention on deer sized game and bigger. I believe federal load the Barnes TSX bullets in their premium line. Otherwise i think you have to hand load them..
Ok, I have no Elk experience but I do hunt with a .270. I think the original 150 load was aimed at those that felt the 130 wasted to much meat. So I equate that to less energy on target. I have not really done a ton of research on the 150 loads that are available as the 130s are perfect for the whitetails I hunt. However, Elk is in the back of my mind as I may get a chance to hunt them next year. Have you thought about the 140 loads that are available? They seem to carry a lot of energy downrange. I would what ever load delivers the most energy with a bullet designed for game of this size. There, that answers it perfectly, right?
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