I finally have enough confidence in my reloading skills to stop using factory loads. In the past I have used nosler partitions for elk but was thinking of switching to the barnes triple shock. I have not be happy with the accuracy of the partitions beyond 200 yrds. In the partitions I have been using 150 gr in a 270 win and 165 gr in 30-06 and 300 win mag. Someone was telling me that if I go with the barnes solid copper bullets I can go down in weight. He recommended going down to 110 gr for deer and 130 gr for elk and moose. I am wondering what bullet types some of you have used successfully for big game out west.
180 grain accubond bullets (.30-06) have worked great for me. I too had the same problem with the nosler once I started shooting further distances. The accubond really tighted up my groups. I agree with burk313 about the 130 grain being to light for elk/moose but think 110 is plenty for deer size game.
Like the others said ive been shooting accubonds the last 2 seasons and so far i think they may be the perfect bullet...accuracy of a ballistic tip and expansion and penetration of a partition...bad reviews are tough to find...tons more good reviews than bad...
I dont gun hunt anymore, but Ive got my dad shooting 225 gr Barnes TSX in the Federal .338 Win Mag loads for the big stuff out of his Savage Model 11. MOA groups at 250 yards with factory loads aint too shabby. Havent had a chance to shoot it further than that. I would also have to agree that you're on the light side, and you should load something heavier particularly for moose. The TSX have incredible reviews all around.