I have been trying to figure which bullet

Brent Foy
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Saturday, August 12, 2017, 18:15 (120 days ago)

To use for an Elk hunt this fall. I'm going to use a 44 mag for the hunt and I've never used anything but rifle bullets in 284 win, 308 win, and 310.GNR on Elk before. I've narrowed it down to three possible choices, the 240 gr 'XTP-HP' or Sierra's 220gr. 'FPJ' or the Sierra's 240gr 'JHP' all three are accurate in my gun, the FPJ penetrates a little further but not quite as nice of a mushroom, but still pretty good. My tightly packed and wet magazines I use for a medium isn't the same as going through an Elk, but that's what I have. Has anyone had a bad experiences with any of these bullets?

Have you tried the 265gr Hornady FP? They are

Drdougrx
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Saturday, August 12, 2017, 18:23 (120 days ago) @ Brent Foy

Designed for the 444 marlin and expect will give you what you want.

X2 on the 265hornady. XTPs are great bullets but expect

Kevin E
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Saturday, August 12, 2017, 19:16 (120 days ago) @ Drdougrx

major tissue damage! The Sierra sorft points are great choices too!

I have used the 265 JFP in both my 429 GNR

O' Gary
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Saturday, August 12, 2017, 20:32 (120 days ago) @ Kevin E

and triple 4. It is a great bullet.

I think Ric took that bullet in a 445 SM to Africa (memory not falling me).

Shoot it and find out. I'll spot you some if you can't find any.

44 mag

Nate Henning
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Saturday, August 12, 2017, 19:41 (120 days ago) @ Brent Foy

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I think any of those bullets would do fine. This elk was with a 240 gr. Remington. Full pass through, taking out both lungs. I know it's no big bull but I think the principal will be the same. With a 44 i would avoid the shoulder and go for a lung shot with a bullet that will do major soft tissue damage. I have a deer and elk tag as well this year. Still trying to decide what I will use. Probably just end up using my old faithful 280gnr.

Have you looked at the Garrett cartridges?

Larry Fry
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Saturday, August 12, 2017, 22:47 (120 days ago) @ Brent Foy

I really like the 310 gr cartridge in most 44 mags. I shoot the 330 grain in my Super RedHawk and in my Redhawk. Both will pass through any Elk you can find. I have NOT shot an Elk but I have used the 330 grain loads on Hogs and it is just bam flop. DRT. Drawback is cost and there is NO expansion.

Thanks Larry, but in the 55+ years I've hunted

Brent Foy
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Sunday, August 13, 2017, 03:56 (120 days ago) @ Larry Fry

Game animals I've never hunted with factory loaded ammo and wouldn't want to break my record now. Loading my own is a big part of the fun of shooting / hunting for me. I may be wrong but I want something that expands, just not to soon.

300 XTP

Neil
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Sunday, August 13, 2017, 05:26 (120 days ago) @ Brent Foy

Has worked very well for me on hogs and whitetails. A bit too tough for deer, but deep penetration and expansion in hogs. Should do the same on bull elk.

NONE OF THE ABOVE. I HAVE TAKEN BOTH BULL

JT
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Sunday, August 13, 2017, 08:02 (120 days ago) @ Brent Foy

ELK AND BISON WITH HARD CAST 45 COLT/300, .454/300, AND .480/420. OF THE 4 CRITTERS TAKEN ALL DIED WITHOUT TAKING A STEP.

KINDA AGREE WITH JT

BUCKWHEAT
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Sunday, August 13, 2017, 11:25 (120 days ago) @ Brent Foy

I'M NO BIG GAME HUNTER (KILLED 2 ELK - ONE A 450 POUNDER) BUT IN ALL MY DAYS I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING GO VERY FAR WITH A 44 OR 45 CALIBER HOLE IN IT FROM SIDE TO SIDE -- MOST I'VE SEEN THAT DIDN'T COLLAPSE ON THE SPOT SEEMED TO GO INTO SLOW MOTION & TRY TO WANDER OFF
SHOOT THAT ELK WITH A HARD CAST AND I DONT THINK HE'LL GO VERY FAR

I won't even get into this as most know my favorite

Gary Reeder
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Sunday, August 13, 2017, 11:36 (119 days ago) @ Brent Foy

bullet, 210 grains, 41 caliber, and it has taken probably a dozen animals in the last couple of years in the 1000 to 2000 lb range and each with one shot plus a big 6X6 bull elk, also one shot. They all dropped where they stood.

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