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Old July 18, 2010, 05:30 PM   #1
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What do you all think?

I picked up a Marlin XS-7 .308 this summer and have been shooting a 165 grain BTSP. I hope to get my hunting done during archery season but I am planning on this for a back up plan. I will have tags for Black bear, deer, and Elk. probably wont take a shot over 200 yards.


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165 grain speer Boat tail soft point
43 grains of IMR 4064
Remington magnum primer
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Old July 18, 2010, 05:55 PM   #2
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What types of groups are you getting with this load?
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Old July 18, 2010, 05:56 PM   #3
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clover leafs.
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Old July 18, 2010, 06:00 PM   #4
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You're all set.
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Old July 18, 2010, 06:16 PM   #5
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While I have never shot an elk with a 308 Win or used the 165 grainers, I have shot many elk and guided elk hunters for many years so I have either shot or seen shot @100 elk. I have had issues with cup and core boattail bullets on big game. Some worked fine and some failed miserably. Since you will probably only get one cance at an elk I wouldnt chance it if it were me. I would choose a Nosler Partion. Though they arent quite as accurate as others, elk dont need cloverleaf groups. Remember any game animal deserves a humane, rapid death, this is our responsability as ethical hunters. Just my 2 cents worth.
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Old July 18, 2010, 06:27 PM   #6
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I am by no means a rifle expert and to be honest with you I am very surprised at the groups I make with this rifle. I am a archery shooter at hart. But if this kind of bullet design is not that great, then what else could I use aside from the Nosler? I obviously have a speer book, but I also have a hornady book as well
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Old July 18, 2010, 06:35 PM   #7
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I never shot a Elk, but shoot alot of 165 grain in a 06, they work great for me. From what you said sounds like you are set to go. Good luck!
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Old July 18, 2010, 07:03 PM   #8
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Nosler Partitions are excellent. However, I have to use full copper. The Hornady GMX's are excellent hunting bullets.
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Old July 18, 2010, 08:56 PM   #9
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An archer has learned to take his time, know his range, and pay attention to the wind with each shot...
the bolt-action rifle is the perfect tool for an archer.

Even better that you picked the best new rifle of the 21st century...the Marlin XS7
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Old July 18, 2010, 09:26 PM   #10
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Never had accuracy issues with the Nosler partitions, they shoot as well as the Hornadys in my rifle. Hornadys work fine for me in deer and hogs. No experience with elk or bears but the Nosler partitions deserve consideration.
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