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Old 10-16-2020, 04:07 PM   #1
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We had a great time chasing elk in Western New Mexico. This was our first elk hunt and we were lucky enough to get it done. It was a great experience and one that I'll remember forever with my old man.

After walking 8+ miles a day trying to get on them, we were able to find this guy and his 9 cows across a canyon on Sunday morning. The lead cow was heading toward a finger that would put them out of sight, so I went ahead and took the shot at 486 yards. I was shooting my custom 6.5 PRC with all the long range bells and whistles and new full well it could do the job, but that's still a pretty good poke where I come from when you've got the shakes.

Upon skinning, the first shot looked like it would have been fatal, but I ended up putting 3 more in him to get him down for sure. 1 of those three was a Barnes LRX (other three being ELD-X) that would have hit him going at about 2362 FPS, and to say I'm disappointed in it's performance is an understatement. As we all know, those bullets need speed to really mushroom like you want (they claim they need 2000fps, but will expand at as slow as 1600FPS), and this one barely poked a hole through the lungs. Granted it did not hit any bone on the way in, that performance is enough for me to put them away.

All's well that ends well, and after taking some pictures with him it was time to get him out of there. The crazy ******* guiding us decided that we would put him on a 20 year old Yamaha 400, and drive him roughly 3/4er of a mile through some hairy, and steep, terrain to where they had moved the pickup. We thought they were crazy, but they were able to get it done. To say that part of the trip was Western was an understatement, and I feel bad for that little four wheeler. There's a picture below of the bull tied up like a Christmas gift on the back rack that I'm still laughing at.

At the urging of the guides I kept the heart. I'd never had it, but we fried it up a few days ago and it was good! Not sure it tasted much different than any other cut of venison, but kind of cool nonetheless. Thanks for reading along, and I look forward to chasing these things as much as I can in the future.

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Old 10-16-2020, 04:18 PM   #2
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Congrats on the Bull!
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Old 10-16-2020, 04:21 PM   #3
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Old 10-16-2020, 04:22 PM   #4
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Congrats on the bull, and sorry to hear about the poor bullet performance. It’s Personally hard for me to steer away from nosler partitions just due to their consistent performance.
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Old 10-16-2020, 04:27 PM   #5
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Congrats on a nice one! No doubt about the bullet expansion, time to switch.
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Old 10-16-2020, 04:29 PM   #6
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WOW!! That 4-wheeler is LOADED!!!

Congrats on a great hunt!! I'd say y'all did pretty well indeed!!
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Old 10-16-2020, 05:35 PM   #7
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Very nice. But tell me How the H*** they got that thing on the 4 wheeler? I can't hardly get a Texas doe on mine.
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Old 10-16-2020, 05:39 PM   #8
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Great write up, great pics & great bull!
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Old 10-16-2020, 05:42 PM   #9
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Nice, congrats
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Old 10-16-2020, 05:44 PM   #10
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Old 10-16-2020, 05:46 PM   #11
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Congratulations on a fine bull! How did the ELD-X perform?
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Old 10-16-2020, 05:48 PM   #12
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Very nice. But tell me How the H*** they got that thing on the 4 wheeler? I can't hardly get a Texas doe on mine.
That is my question also. Got pictures of it being loaded?

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Old 10-16-2020, 06:24 PM   #13
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In Colorado, we drug out three bulls on four wheelers. We didn't load the whole elk. We strapped the head and front shoulders to the back rack on the four wheeler. Then the rest was just drug. Going up hill, one of us had to sit on the front to hold it down.
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Old 10-16-2020, 06:27 PM   #14
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Nice Going, Congrats!
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Old 10-16-2020, 06:28 PM   #15
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Old 10-16-2020, 06:34 PM   #16
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One day i'll try it! Beautiful and congratulations!
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Old 10-16-2020, 07:03 PM   #17
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Old 10-16-2020, 07:13 PM   #18
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Nice bull, nice shooting, and yeah it'd be a sin to waste that heart. Don't worry about the 4 wheeler, those Yamaha's can handle it. That scenery in the pics is gorgeous.
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Old 10-16-2020, 07:14 PM   #19
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Congrats on the bull, and sorry to hear about the poor bullet performance. Its Personally hard for me to steer away from nosler partitions just due to their consistent performance.
I seriously considered the partition as its a great bullet, but wanted the Accubond for a long shot if it presented itself. A combination of procrastination and an assumption I could pick some up a month before the hunt resulted in me not using those. This one worked out, but am going to start load development soon!
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Old 10-16-2020, 07:17 PM   #20
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Congratulations on a fine bull! How did the ELD-X perform?
ELD-X did wonderful. The sheer amount of blood in the cavity was telling, and given that was the first shot, I'm convinced that would have killed him.

Only reason I had the Barnes was for a shot up close. I've read all over that the ELD-X can nearly disintegrate if you hit something hard at high velocities up close (like a shoulder), so packed the Barnes along to ensure penetration. Probably over thinking it, but it all worked out.
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Old 10-16-2020, 07:18 PM   #21
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In Colorado, we drug out three bulls on four wheelers. We didn't load the whole elk. We strapped the head and front shoulders to the back rack on the four wheeler. Then the rest was just drug. Going up hill, one of us had to sit on the front to hold it down.
Ha! We had a similar experience. I can't tell you the number of times the front tires were off the ground but it was more than 10. Good thing our guide weighed 3 and change to keep it down!
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Old 10-16-2020, 07:19 PM   #22
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That is my question also. Got pictures of it being loaded?

Congratulations!!!
Hard to believe, but after we gutted it we stood there and stared at each other. We were told that if we all four grabbed on we could do it. Sure enough, and with only a hernia or two later, we got that big dude on there. My pops took the brunt being on the low slide getting sloshed with blood, but that had to have been a hoot to watch.

No idea on the dressed weight of a bull like that. I'd love if somebody could chime in. I'm thinking 5-600 lbs, but maybe more?
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Old 10-16-2020, 07:21 PM   #23
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Nice bull, nice shooting, and yeah it'd be a sin to waste that heart. Don't worry about the 4 wheeler, those Yamaha's can handle it. That scenery in the pics is gorgeous.
That aint no lie. After that I don't think I'd hesitate buying one of those for a deal if I need a four wheeler.
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Old 10-16-2020, 07:34 PM   #24
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ELD-X did wonderful. The sheer amount of blood in the cavity was telling, and given that was the first shot, I'm convinced that would have killed him.

Only reason I had the Barnes was for a shot up close. I've read all over that the ELD-X can nearly disintegrate if you hit something hard at high velocities up close (like a shoulder), so packed the Barnes along to ensure penetration. Probably over thinking it, but it all worked out.
Thanks for the reply. Ive heard of a lot lead/jacket separations on the ELD-X. I guess if a person googled any bullet, theyd get some negative reviews.
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Old 10-16-2020, 09:19 PM   #25
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Congrats ! Memories . They are big, tough animals. Nosler partition fan at longer ranges.


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Old 10-17-2020, 07:03 AM   #26
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Nice bull congratulations
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:11 AM   #27
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Congratulations on the nice New Mexico bull.
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Old 10-17-2020, 08:31 PM   #28
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Thanks for the reply. Ive heard of a lot lead/jacket separations on the ELD-X. I guess if a person googled any bullet, theyd get some negative reviews.
Thats what Id read about as well. I still favor the Accubond, but Id shoot the ELD-X with confidence.
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Old 10-17-2020, 08:53 PM   #29
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What outfittter you hunt with?
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Old 10-17-2020, 09:00 PM   #30
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Cool pictures and great elk !
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Old 10-17-2020, 09:08 PM   #31
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What outfittter you hunt with?
Got a reference to use Keith Williams (https://www.gohunt.com/outfitter/arizona-pro-elk-hunts) from a member on here. Happy to discuss further if youve got any specific questions.
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