I will be taking my 13 yr old son on his first elk hunt this fall here in CO.
He will be shooting a Ruger American in 308 w/ a Nikon ProStaff 3x9 BDC. So far he has been very good on the range at 100 yds during our sessions sighting in his rifle. Shooting 2-3" groups for the first few sessions as we have sighted his gun in this winter. He has good shooting technique and I wouldn't let him shoot over 200-250 yrds depending on how he performs at the range this summer.
My question is .....do I need to have him shot 180 gr loads for elk or do you think he will be good with 165/168 gr loads?
I like the slightly smaller loads due to the ballistics. I'm looking at the Hornady 165 SST Superformance load. It is carrying 1858 ft lbs at 300 yds.
I was looking for some input as we do some final tweaks sighting in this summer with the load he will be hunting with this fall.