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Hornady 30 cal 180 grain Interbonds on Elk

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Zombie Steve, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    I didn't get a shot at anything, but a buddy put one of these bullets through a 500 pound cow a few days back. The load was .30-06, CCI lrp and 58.5 grains of RE-22. Averaged 2,679 from his 22" barreled Savage. On a "quartering towards" and slightly downward angle shot, it broke the shoulder, went through a lung and out the other side. The cow got about 30 yards.

    These days, I'm leaning towards the premium bullets, but if you put it in the right place, you don't need a fancy bonded bullet to do the job. :supergrin: Sure bulls are larger, but it wouldn't have made much if any difference in this case... might have stopped inside the far side. So what.

    I was hunting with his dad that day, so I don't have any pics of the cow, but here are some I took. GMU 34 north of Glenwood Springs - base camp was 10,700 feet. :wow:

    I'm going to get some sleep. Night, fellas.

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  2. Zombie Steve

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    I meant 180 grain Interlock, not Interbond.

    Got to sleep it off. Sorry.
     

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    Beautiful country ! SJ 40
     
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    The handloads my Dad had were 180 grain Hornady Interlocks. Never had a problem bringing home the elk or venison.

    The 1960's era Winchester Silvertips were another story. They blew up like nobody's business. I used a pulled 180 grain Silvertip on a mule deer at 400 yards and still had to cut away a bunch of bloodshot meat. This was from a 30-06 with 56 grains of IMR 4350 behind the bullet.
     
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  7. Zombie Steve

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    I remember hearing about silvertips knocking down deer like Zeus hit them with a bolt of lightning, but they were just torn apart like they were hit with a match bullet. While it is easier to follow an organ trail than a mere blood trail, I'll let them run 50 - 100 yards if it means I can get some meat off 'em.

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