I'd steer away from the SST's. I shot a couple of antelope and a couple of deer with them last year out of a .270 win (130 gr) and I had jacket/core separation on on an antelope that I shot at about 200 yards after it caught part of the shoulder blade. I also had one fragment on a deer that I shot at about 50 yards. It killed all of them quickly, but I don't think they would consistently make it through an elk shoulder from what I witnessed, even with a .30 cal 150/165/180 gr bullet.
I'm with TG- go with an Interbond or something stouter.
Consider the 150 Barnes TTSX. It will save a little recoil, shoot flat, and knock em' dead.
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At those ranges it shouldn't really matter what you shoot as long as it's a bonded bullet.
I shoot 165 partition out of my 308
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Thanks for all of the posts and good advice. Ill take a look at these smaller loads mentioned and see what looks best for his set up. Also, Ill move away from the SST.........
Please keep in mind that the .30-30 Win has felled a lot of elk. Even the .303 British, 7x57, the .35 Rem and other such cartridges have killed everything in North America.
Your son's .308 Win will kill cow elk as long as distance and size match his bullet. I have used my .308 Win on mule deer w/o needing second shots.
I wish your son success.
I would find a bullet it shoots well thats designed for elk size game and go for it. Remington core-lokts have never let me down!
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