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The only rounds I crimp are handgun. I just rely on neck tension and have at least a caliber in the neck. Don't be afraid to seat the Barnes .125 from the lands, they definitely like the jump and if seated at the lands, monos create pressure spikes.
BTW my bullet selection is 90% Barnes, the...
Agreed, you find yourself armpit deep in that stuff and you vow to never return. If you are young and agile, not so much anymore, you can walk on the poles, but if you slip and fall, nobody except the ravens and jays will ever find you.
Unless you are already at max points in Wyoming, chances of EVER drawing a LE tag in primo unit are close to zilch. I missed one year and I am doomed.
Even the top end regional General tags take twice the points required just from a few years ago. In those units you better be prepared to hunt...
Then when they start eating the mushrooms, all the clumping and pellets goes out the window! Yes, generally bull droppings are only tapered at one end, dimpled on the other. "Elk of North America : Ecology and Management", by Jack Ward Thomas
Five of us drew cow tags in the Stanley area. Will be the first time hunting Idaho and two of the guys I have never met. Should be a fun hunt. Will also be heading to Wyoming with my partner on his hunt and I drew Washington multi-season elk, should be a busy fall.
My buddy got drawn for any elk, so I get to go, to a new area. I put in for a couple doe antelope tags in the same unit for a little variety, odds are slim.
Now going to apply for an Idaho cow elk hunt with a group, should be a fun fall.
Don't be afraid of trying the 130ttsx in your 300WSM. My Kimber Montana shoots them well. What I really like about Barnes bullets is 130 grain in, 130 grain out, no loss.
Also very little blood shot meat due to bullet fragmentation, yes there is still secondary bone projectiles, but no bullets...