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Mar 25, 2017
I found a site
by: Pat Cassidy

Dwight, you may want to read this as it makes a case for using lighter all copper bullets and getting similar or better performance than lead.
Good stuff: http :// www.guns.com/ 2017/03/18/do-copper-bullets-offer-the-same-performance-to-hunters-as-lead-bullets/
You may need to fiddle with that link (;-)

Mar 25, 2017
Solid copper bullets
by: Pat Cassidy

It seems that several makers are making these now:Barnes, Nosler, Hornady ... All make heavier weights.
I would check with the dealers near you as heavier bullets are available, I just don't know about factory loaded ones. You are on the right track.

As far as a new gun goes it is hard to beat either a .308 Win. or a .30/06. I have killed quite a few Elk with those.
The .30/06 has an edge by having a 220 grain bullet available (Winchester Silvertip is best), which is a very effective Elk load for under 200 yard shooting .
Without a LOT of practice that is about as far as you should shoot anyway. The 180 gr. will extend the range a bit, but we are back to that practice thing.
Good luck.

Mar 24, 2017
Get as heavy as you can get
by: Pat Cassidy

That weight sounds a bit light for a 7mm.
I would prefer at least a 150 grain, as it has better sectional density and will penetrate better.
If you ever decide to reload your own you will have a much better bullet choice.
For Elk, Nosler is good but Barnes is better (less bloodshot).
Good luck!

Mar 24, 2017
7mm08 ammo
by: dwight

thanks pat for information is the barnes 120gr. ttsx bt is what your talking about when you say barnes solid copper x as you can tell iam not an expert on ammo this the only elk hunt I will be going on don't want to buy a new gun but what would you recommend for a gun if I decide to go that way thanks need all the help I can get

Mar 24, 2017
7mm08 ammo
by: Anonymous

is barnes 120gr. ttsx bt the ammo your talking about

Mar 24, 2017
7mm08 ammo
by: Anonymous

thank you very much

Mar 24, 2017
Barnes Solid Copper X
by: Dave, ElkHuntingTips.Net

It's always good to hear from Pat about this subject. I know you've done the research on this.

Mar 24, 2017
Penetration, penetration ,,, for Elk
by: Pat Cassidy

Use the heaviest, toughest bullet you can buy for the 7mm/08. If you can get a Barnes solid copper X-bullet it will do the job.
The 7mm/08 is really not meant for Elk so most manufacturers don't offer really tough bullets that will bust through heavy bone and keep on going. That is an absolute must because you cannot guarantee you won't hit some.
Get a couple of 5 gallon plastic buckets full of water, lay them end to end at 100 yards and shoot through them. If the bullet won't go through both buckets, choose one that will.
Speed and energy are not the factors that kill Elk; getting in to the vitals and wrecking both lungs or the heart is most important.
Since you cannot depend on a classic broadside shot offering itself, you need penetration.
Have a great hunt and don't forget a camera!

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