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300wsm

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WA elk
« on: August 20, 2011, 10:01:12 PM »

I've been hunting elk in WA for 5 or 6 years with my brother.  The early years were a bit dry--either no elk seen, bad weather, or no legal elk within range.

That changed in '08 when I was drawn for a east side (of WA state) cow tag.  I joined my brother mid week and upon getting to our spotting location the morning that cow season opened had my first opportunity.  10-15 minutes into shooting light, out steps a cow at 426 yards.  Down she goes with two 180 grain accubond bullets from a Federal vital shock factory load.  Talk about a short season!

In '09 we starting thinking about getting a big bull.  If you hunt west of the Pacific Crest Trail in WA then you can shoot a 3 pt on one side or better bull with an 'over the counter' elk tag.  It was a new area (to us) north of Mt. Adams.  Lots of snow, some elk sign, but no elk to be seen at all.  Day 5 of the hunt was to be my last morning.  I leave my brother to spot an area while I go on ahead by foot about another 3/4 of a mile or so.  I spot a bull heading up hill in the re-prod at 178 yards.  I get down on one knee and fire on the grazing bull.  He stands still and I believe I missed!  I fire again and he drops.  He is a 3x5 and turns out both rounds connected.

'10 finds us back on familiar ground on the East Side of the state--we simply like that area better for hunting.  We're both carrying spike only tags.  A tall order--in my few years of hunting, I had never seen a spike elk!  Day three my brother spots one and drops it with one shot at 360 yards.  Two days later, my last day to hunt before returning home, I spot a cow leading a spike out of the timber at 380 yards.  I shoot and miss!  Devastated I can't believe I missed!  Practice this year with factory ammo had been less then confidence inspiring.  15 minutes later the same spike steps out again at 436 yards.  And I get him!

Now, looking forward to the '11 spike season, my brother and I are experimenting with hand loads for the T3 lite .300wsm.  210gr Bergers, 66 grains of H4831sc set to an AOL of 2.88 (barely fits in clip) he shot a 3-shot group of 1" at 205 yards.  MUCH much better than ever with factory.  Hopefully more to come...

Jason
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Re: WA elk
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2011, 10:02:59 PM »

08 cow:
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Re: WA elk
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2011, 10:03:51 PM »

09 bull"
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Re: WA elk
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2011, 10:04:24 PM »

'10 spike:
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Re: WA elk
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2012, 05:55:40 AM »

Good shooting 300WSM!

Have any load info you care to share?  PM or E-mail

I hunt western WA now, grew up hunting Clockum
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Re: WA elk
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2012, 07:48:47 PM »

Looks like fun!  Thanks for sharing the pics!

      -  Todd
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