Don in PA


Bay sailor
January 19, 2013, 11:14 PM

I plan to use my Sako 06 for elk in WY this first elk hunt. Have shot many white tails with 150 gr. and never had any problems but this
past season I shot a nine point buck with a Hornady 150 interlock spbt at 80 yards and broke the left shoulder and caught one lung but did not penetrate the animal. Deer ran 80 yards and dropped under my stand.

Because of this experience I e-mailed Hornady re their thoughts on a good load for elk out to 300 plus yards and they suggested 165 or 180gr interbond or GMX bullets. I did some more research and believe interbond will give me the expansion and penetration needed versus the GMX (less expansion with a tad more penetration).

I worked up some loads for the 165 interbond with IMR 4350 1) with 55.8 gr. ~ 2800 GPS and 2) with 57 gr. ~ 2900 (supposedly the max load).

The Sako shot 1" or smaller groups @ 100 yes with the 150 gr. interlocks but it shot 4" groups @ 100 with load 1 and maybe 7" with load 2. At 200 yards it shot 7 " with 1 and 10" with #2. I plan to work up some lighter loads with 4350 to try to find one that shoots better but don't want to compromise GPS too much because of the increased ranges for elk.

Your shared experiences and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Also should I try some 180's with loads 1 and 2 before working up more 165's.

BY THE WAY: I was in the high 20's with at least 12-15 mph wind coming right at me when I was checking out the above loads so that could have made some difference.

Many Thanks,


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Art Eatman
January 19, 2013, 11:44 PM
You might try Sierra 180-grain SPBT. I used the book-max load of 54.0 grains of H414 and was sub-MOA at my 500-yard range. The last time I shot that rifle, I had a three-shot group of 0.4 MOA.

The Federal Premium High Energy load uses the Sierra 165-grain HPBT. It oughta work well out beyond a hundred yards. Could blow up on bone inside 100, though. Maybe. My rifle sports a 26" barrel, and I've been told by guys with chronographs that the load does indeed exit at 3,150 ft/sec.

January 20, 2013, 12:57 AM
For years I have been using 165 gr Nosler Partition over 56.0 grains of 4350 in my Rem 700 .30-06. This load has given me MOA or better and I have not experimented beyond this. I have read articles indicating the 165 is a better overall bullet choice than 150 or 180. I have not tried this on elk, but it works awfully well on deer.

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