The Importance of Bullet Placement

By Ryan Kay

I am from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. I am a Treaty Indian with a large family to support. I do a fair amount of hunting, so most of the meat we eat is wild (mostly elk and moose, plus some deer). I can't understand why so many hunters make such a fuss about the rifle, caliber and velocity.

I have hunted for over twenty years and my father has done the same for over forty-five years. In this time we have killed hundreds of deer, over 100 elk and maybe 80 moose. Thus, we have a little first hand knowledge of hunting and guns and bullet performance.

In the field, an elk or moose doesn't care if you shoot it with a .30-30 Winchester or a .338 Magnum. It all comes down to bullet placement. Bullet design is only critical when using high velocity calibers. Any 30-30 bullet we find, usually under the hide on the opposite side, is perfectly mushroomed. This also goes for the .303 British.

A lot of First Nation hunters here in Canada use the .30-30 Winchester and .303 British with great success. An old hunter and his 12 sons from our reserve have used a .22, .243, .270, 7mm, .30-30, .30-06 and .338 Magnum to kill over 300 elk and moose. He swears that the 270 Winchester is the best caliber he knows for elk and moose.

As for bowling over an elk with a 270, I have done it or seen it done numerous times. I once saw my dad drop three 6x6 bull elk in their tracks at 300 yards with one chest shot each. He was using a .270 Winchester with 150 grain Nosler Partition bullets. Once again, it's all bullet placement, not the gun.

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