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Old April 27, 2000, 10:31 AM   #1
Darryl Howland
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Does anyone reload for a 300 Wby Mag? I'm looking for a good load for hunting Elk in
Montana this fall. I now have some IMR 7828
powder, which I'm told is the best for rifles
of this size. Also I want to use 180gr Nolser
partion. Two years ago I took a Mule deer at
309 yards with this rifle (a nice heart Shot).
I never got a shot at any Bull Elk but my
friends told me that the 180gr Speer Grand
Slams did not do well on an Elk they got a
Week after I left. I use the Grand Slams on
the mule deer and dropped the animal in his
tracks. So if anyone has any words of Wisdom
I would be greatful. Thanks
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Old April 27, 2000, 06:03 PM   #2
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Darryl,
As far as IMR 7828 being THE best powder for your gun and bullet combo I cannot honestly say. According to my old Nosler manual you've hit the nail on the head. It's their best preformer from what they list. I would think that the Partition would be a great choice also. I was curious about the Grand Slams you mentioned as not doing well. In what reguards did they faulter.

Good Luck on your development and your hunt.

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Old April 28, 2000, 10:38 PM   #3
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Mike,
Thanks for the information out of the Nosler
manual. As for the Grand Slams, I hit a ten
point mule deer from 309 yards (laser range
finder, after it was downed). The Grand Slams
past through the deer and dropped it in its
tracks. Just before I left Montana I gave ten rounds to two of my friends. A week later
They hit a bull elk with 4 rounds (two in the
neck and two in the lungs from 200 yards. Only
one of the neck rounds went though the animal.
The two lung shots only made it half way and
then they had to track the Elk for what they
figured was about a 1/2 mile or so before it
dropped. Now the shots may not have been at
the perfect angle but we all thought that they
should have done a better job then they did.
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Old April 29, 2000, 11:44 PM   #4
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Darryl Howland:
Mike,

They hit a bull elk with 4 rounds (two in the
neck and two in the lungs from 200 yards. Only
one of the neck rounds went though the animal.
The two lung shots only made it half way and
then they had to track the Elk for what they
figured was about a 1/2 mile or so before it
dropped. Now the shots may not have been at
the perfect angle but we all thought that they
should have done a better job then they did.
[/quote]

Well I haven't had the pleasure of actually getting an elk. I did hunt them and mulies out in Colorado year before last. I understand however that they can be somewhat tenatious after being hit. Some of them, from what I was told while out there, dropped like a rock when hit and others just kept on like tha energizer bunny. They have such an enormous circulatory system and lungs that they seem capable of this. I have only tried the Grand Slams in a couple of calibers and haven't hunted at all with them. I primiarily use Noslers or Barnes in 95 percent of all my hunting loads. I have found them to very seldom not fully penetrate and exit on most anything. I got a mulie with my 25/06 and a 115gr Partition. It didn't exit but dropped him where he was. It was a frontal shot to the neck/spine area. I really like the hunting out that way and am hopeing to get out to Montana or Wyoming in a year or so.

Thanks for the info on the Slams. I was just curoius about them. I don't think that it will change anything I am doing but I will note it for future reference.

Thanks,
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