Thank you - I doubt if I will ever get another rug done - that one cost me over $1,200Nice rug! I don't think this hi-jacking. I've shot several Bears, countless Deer, Caribou, and a
Moose. All with a 30/06 180gr. Corelokt. Are the fancier bullets really necessary?
Are the fancier bullets really necessary? Probably not Nostromo...depending upon the rifle. I too have shot a lot of deer and 1 elk with the 180 Corelockts with a different 30:06. But...just as important as terminal performance is ACCURACY! And this particular 06 (Elaine's) just doesn't like the Corelokt bullets - in fact, I shot probably 7 or 8 different factory loads - different brands and weights from that Tika when she bought it and none of them were particularly impressive on the range - so I went to the reloading bench to find a load that was #1 - accurate, and #2 had a history of good terminal performance. The 200 grain Nosler Partition fit both bills.
You saw the photo of my recovered bullet in my post above. It was a 225 yard shot and the bullet went right through a rib on the entry side. Their ribs are like 2X2 boards - especially on big bulls like this one. The bullet went through both lungs and went between 2 ribs on the far side and came to rest up against the hide so I was able to recover it. I weighed the bullet when I got home and it had retained 120 grains of its original 200 grains after smashing through that rib. I was very happy with that type of performance.
Bison are huge animals. We didn't weigh mine but my guide estimated his weight at 1,800 - 2,000 pounds. I am 6 feet tall and a front quarter makes me look tiny LOL.
So to answer your question further, if your barrel likes the 180 corelokts and shoots them accurately it may do a good job on bison as well as the somewhat smaller game animals you have killed with them. One way to find out
I couldn't be happier with the Nosler Partition. I killed a nice buck here at home with it to try it out before going west on the bison hunt and it was a little overkill on deer. But I also shot another Buffalo with the same load a year or two later and it worked great on that shot as well. If it ain't broke don't fix it.