Couldn't decide whether to put this in the elk or muzzleloader forum. Just got back from an elk muzzleloader hunt on the Acoma Indian reservation in New Mexico. Used my 50 cal. Lyman Great Plains Hunter flintlock, could have used percussion or in-line but I just really like flintlock. Shooting 338 gr. Platinum Powerbelts on top of 90 gr. of Triple Seven loose powder.
He was just coming out of velvet with a few small patches of velvet still on the antlers. The antlers are gnarly full of bumps and it is about 47 inches wide. The biologist pulled some teeth for aging and estimates it at probably over 10 years old with the antlers in decline. The upper ivory teeth are worn totally flat down to the gum level. It's only a 5x5 but gross scored 348.