338 RUM and 185 TTSX

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Anyone have a great load with 185 TTSX in the 338 Rem Ulta Mag ?
 

Hoss Delgado

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I use 225gr Core Locks in my .338WM for elk. I think the 185gr are too light. Just my opinion.
Wow . You've mirrored my own observations. Come to think of it , the lightest bullet l ever shot an elk with was a 225 grain Kynoch Soft nose bullet from my Custom ZKK- 602 in .350 Rigby Magnum. :D
To be fair , however , l have seen my father , in my childhood ( 1980s ) drop elk least nine times using a .30-06 Enfield 1917 . He was using old Army surplus AP rounds weighing 168 grains with the tapered solid point ( spitzers ! ). You could get these rounds in Green Tin Buckets , if my memory serves me right . Like you , l STILL think it's crazy to use anything but a round nosed bullet weighing at least 210 grains for Elk . But Dad is dad :D . If my memory serves me right , he always went for the neck shot .
 

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Wow . You've mirrored my own observations. Come to think of it , the lightest bullet l ever shot an elk with was a 225 grain Kynoch Soft nose bullet from my Custom ZKK- 602 in .350 Rigby Magnum. :D
To be fair , however , l have seen my father , in my childhood ( 1980s ) drop elk least nine times using a .30-06 Enfield 1917 . He was using old Army surplus AP rounds weighing 168 grains with the tapered solid point ( spitzers ! ). You could get these rounds in Green Tin Buckets , if my memory serves me right . Like you , l STILL think it's crazy to use anything but a round nosed bullet weighing at least 210 grains for Elk . But Dad is dad :D . If my memory serves me right , he always went for the neck shot .
Hoss,
Your Dad used, like MANY other hunters of the time, what was cheap and available. This probably is true for African hunting back in the day. I’m sure the various ammo available worked most of the time, but the hunters back then had limited options and really no choice as to their rifle ammo. In today’s world, we truly are spoiled/blessed with the available ammo/rifle choices we have. In the U.S. in the 1930s and ‘40s, rifle and shotgun ammo was very expensive for the average hunter. A father/son hunting meat to feed the family couldn’t afford to miss very often or their families would go hungry.
Keep on writing with your historical, informative threads and posts!
CoElkHunter
 
 

 

 

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