I am planning my 6th do it yourself elk hunt to Colorado in 2009. I have used a 338 win. mag. with 225 Barnes X to take a 5 x 5. I have a 35 Whelen I used on another hunt to take a 6 x 6 useing the 250 Barnes X. All with satisfactory results.
I am going to lend my 35 to another hunter for this trip but the 250 Barnes X is no longer available. I like 250 grains for shooting at difficult angles. I have 250 Speer, Hornady, and Nosler Partitions in inventory. My whelen can push the barnes at 2700 fps with 66 grains of H 414.
I like to use bullets with a high B.C. because I am capable of making a 300 yard + shot. Especially on an elk size target. I shoot crows and groundhogs at that range during the summer.
Please share your knowledge and recommendations.