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Old September 3, 2017, 05:10 AM   #1
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bullet choice for elk hunting sierra gameking or hornady interlock?
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Old September 3, 2017, 05:50 AM   #2
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I have never hunted elk but I shoot both bullets at whitetails and I prefer Sierra, they seem to penetrate better and leave better blood trails.
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Old September 3, 2017, 06:04 AM   #3
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The only sierra bullet's I shoot are Match Kings. Years ago I tried them for hunting. Wonderfully accurate but made a real mess of everything inside the animal. But they were wonderfully accurate.

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Old September 3, 2017, 07:07 AM   #4
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Nosler Partition regardless of caliber, bullet weight, velocity, or range.
If this isn't an option, choice #2 would be the Hornady Interlock in "mid to heavier" bullet weight for caliber range. My experience with Game King is the mid-weight for caliber bullets are OK for deer but you need to use the heavier end of the bullet weight for bigger game.
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Old September 3, 2017, 02:53 PM   #5
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what rifle and caliber do you have?
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Old September 3, 2017, 03:10 PM   #6
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F&N 300 win mag.
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Old September 3, 2017, 03:42 PM   #7
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A .30 cal. 180 grain in either flavor should get the job done. I would probably choose which ever shot the most consistently in my rifle.
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Old September 3, 2017, 04:33 PM   #8
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Speer makes a great 200 grain bullet for the 300 WM.
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Old September 3, 2017, 04:34 PM   #9
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Of the two bullets you ask about, I would go with the Hornady Interlock.

However, if I may be permitted to add my two pennies worth, I would consider the180 gr. Nosler Partition for a .300 mag. Get your load worked up and them drop back about a grain and a half and work back up with the matching Sierra Pro-Hunter or maybe the Game King. I've done this with two rifles, a Winchester M70 in .270 Win. and another M70 in .300 Win. mag. The .270 will shoot the 150 gr. Sierra Game King and the 150 gr. Nosler Partition so closely together with the same powder charge that no change is necessary switching from one to the other. I get the same results with the .300 Mag, using the 200 gr. Speer Hot Core for the practice bullet and the 200 gr. Nosler Partition for the actual hunt.
If you plan on using 180 gr. bullets the Sierra PH and GK should work as practice for the hunt and then using the Nosler for game. I like the 200 gr. bullet for elk when I use the .300. I don't feel the 200 gr. bullet is a handicap as I took a nice fat juicy cow elk at a lasered 530 yards with the Speer bullet. I hadn't found and 200 gr. PT's as my LGS so had to go with the Speers. That far out at almost 2900 FPS they worked just fine.
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Old September 3, 2017, 05:06 PM   #10
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Of the two, I'd lean toward the Hornady.

But, like Paul B. and Mobuck, I'd very much prefer a Nosler Partition -- especially in .300 WM.
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Old September 3, 2017, 05:17 PM   #11
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Both are good, but IMO Nosler Partition is even better. I use a 7mm MAG, not a 300, abd while the Sierra 160 BTSP is the most accurate across bullet types and weights, the Nosler is close enough for elk with better penetration.........
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Old September 3, 2017, 06:35 PM   #12
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The bullets are similar construction and would give similar results all things being equal. I've had better luck getting Hornady bullets to shoot better though.

The premium bullets like Nosler Partition and others hold up better and give better penetration, especially when shot at magnum speeds. At close range from a magnum the standard construction bullets sometimes come apart and don't always penetrate enough. Especially if shots are taken from less than perfect angles.

You don't specify bullet weight, but either of those in a 180gr or heavier bullet will probably be fine. With a lighter bullet impacting at faster speeds I'd certainly feel better with a tougher bullet. I'd still feel better with a tougher bullet regardless but if that is the bullet that I had and it shot well I'd hunt with it.
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Old September 4, 2017, 05:54 AM   #13
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Thanks for the replies. This was going to be my back up rifle. but I'm having trouble with the bolt opening on some fired cases. Anyone have trouble with that using federal brass? Same powder charge the bolt opens nice others it stick. The load for my primary rifle also a 300 mag is with a 190gn accubond.
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