I will second the motion on 140gr being the best bullet weight for the
7mm-08. At a friend's recommendation I have loaded the 120gr Barnes TTSX for my son's 7mm-08. We have no elk in Central Louisiana though.
My 7mm-08 is loaded with 140gr Nosler AccuBonds. I've been well pleased with its performance on whitetails. Although I've had but limited use, it has worked as advertised as far as I can tell. They shoot very well, expand to create plenty internal damage and exit the animal. I believe it to give similar performance to the Nosler Partition.
140 grain ballistic tip for son's 280 Remington, deer slayer for sure. 150 grain Nosler partition for 7mm mag, works for me. 7mm STW with a 175 grain Barnes TSX, elk and mule deer don't have a clue what hit them.
All will shoot way more accurate than I can. Don't expect one hole groups with a good tough hunting bullet
I had a slug gun that would put two into a 3” bullseye at 100 yards but then be all over the place by 5-14 inches. Turns out to be the scope. Now it shoots Hornaday SST’s in a 2” group at 100yards. Food for thought.
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