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OK, this isn't a thread about the best cartridge or caliber for elk but the bullet that it shoots.

So what do you think is best? For me personally I like the Barnes TTSX bullets. I have been shooting either their X, TSX, and now the TTSX bullets now for about 20 years and have had great results on deer, elk, and black bears. I know that there are some out there that don't like the Barnes bullets and that is why I am asking this question.

So what do you consider the best one out there?
 

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I'm with A&F...whichever one kills them dead!

I've shot them with Accubonds, my friend shot one with SST's. Both animals died almost immediately. My new rifle seems to prefer Partitions so that's what I'm gonna use next time.
 

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Wish I had a sample size large enough to tell me something. Last shot a cow with TTSX- worked like a charm! Good shot though. These things are so tough to figure because you need to compare a number of marginal shots with different ammo in the same caliber to get a feel. Seems like only guides would get the numbers to figure anything out.
 

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I've downed 5 elk with barnes TSX in 270. Shoots right through them, and most important, leaves no lead fragments in the meat.
 

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I've only shot two cows so far. :)

First was with a 165 grain Barnes ttsx factory load for 300 win mag. 250ish yard shot. Bullet went through heart and blew apart the far side humeral head. Bullet lodged in the far side of the joint capsule. No tracking was needed. The bullet performed great.

The elk


Recovered bullet

The other cow I got last week. 150 gr TTSX for my 300 win mag. Also a heart shot with no tracking needed but no bullet recovery.




I don't doubt many other bullets would have dropped the elk just as quickly given the placement but like was said earlier, I don't have to worry about lead fragments.

...oh, and my husband works for Barnes. ;)
 

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I've only shot two cows so far. :)

First was with a 165 grain Barnes ttsx factory load for 300 win mag. 250ish yard shot. Bullet went through heart and blew apart the far side humeral head. Bullet lodged in the far side of the joint capsule. No tracking was needed. The bullet performed great.


Recovered bullet

The other cow I got last week. 150 gr TTSX for my 300 win mag. Also a heart shot with no tracking needed but no bullet recovery.

I don't doubt many other bullets would have dropped the elk just as quickly given the placement but like was said earlier, I don't have to worry about lead fragments.

...oh, and my husband works for Barnes. ;)
Cool beans. I love the "recovered bullet" pic.

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I wish that I could recover a Barnes bullet that I have shot but of the couple dozen animals that I have shot with them they have been all pass throughs.

I thought that I would have on on the African kudu that I shot at 389 yards last year but I wasn't lucky enough. But you should of heard the skinners when they pulled the heart out or what was left of it.
 

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I wish that I could recover a Barnes bullet that I have shot but of the couple dozen animals that I have shot with them they have been all pass throughs.

I thought that I would have on on the African kudu that I shot at 389 yards last year but I wasn't lucky enough. But you should of heard the skinners when they pulled the heart out or what was left of it.
The only Barnes bullet I recovered was when I shot a bull elk quartering away. I hit him between the back two ribs, the bullet passed through the vitals diagonally through about 3 feet of animal and was found against the far side hide just above the brisket.
 

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Accubonds, Partitions for 284-338 at ranges less than 500 yards.
Barnes and Etips for 257-270 or hyper velocity stuff.
Standard construction VLD for long range stuff.

Large caliber, moderate velocity, close range........doesn't matter.------SS
 
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