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RRangel
11-02-2008, 11:07 AM
What are you using for elk? I got invited by a relative out of state, and I'm curious.

jbolton
11-02-2008, 11:30 AM
Remington 7mm. 6-24 x 50 scope.

Scout106
11-02-2008, 3:37 PM
I always used a .300wm but hunted with guys using from .270 to .375 and everything in between. I always thought the .270 light and the .375 certainly more than needed, but we all usually filled out.

Gunaria
11-02-2008, 4:05 PM
You can't go wrong with a .300 wby mag. for elk.

Fjold
11-02-2008, 4:37 PM
I've used a 308 and 30.06 along with a .54 caliber muzzle loader but it depends on what kind of area you'll be hunting in.

Next time I would probably take my 300 WSM for open country and my 375 H&H Magnum for black timber hunts.

pieeater
11-02-2008, 7:48 PM
You can't go wrong with a .300 wby mag. for elk.

Thats my cartridge, with 180 scirrocos [spelling?].

Gry101
11-02-2008, 9:14 PM
.338 Win. Mag with 200 gr Winchester Ballistic Silvertips at 2950 fps with a Leupold Variex III 3-9x50 scope.

1lostinspace
11-02-2008, 9:35 PM
30-06 180gr Barnes

Chukar hunter
11-03-2008, 9:00 AM
There is no one perfect cartridge for elk. On some rocky mountain outfitter's web sites, they go through some of the basics. Are you recoil sensitive? Do you have a good deer rifle larger than .243? I'd think that if you had a good shooting .30 caliber, (.308 minimum) you'd be ok. Elk specific guns are another story, .300 mag, and .338 are good choices. However, you will pay for that much power with more recoil. Bullet weights in .30 should be 180 grain, Elk have large bone structures and tough hides. Be prepared to do some walking, and get cold and wet.

Barbarossa
11-03-2008, 10:06 AM
.30-06 worked great for me out on Santa Rosa Island. 180 gr. copper Barnes.

I took 2 elk and a deer. The only elk that didn't drop where it was standing, was because I shot it through a hind quarter. :(

Our group had 4 hunters. we took 7 elk and 4 deer.

510dat
11-03-2008, 8:45 PM
how did you get all that meat home? For that matter, how did you get that much meat to your vehicle?

Hunter
11-04-2008, 7:34 PM
I've taken 6 elk out of AZ in the last few years and they have all have been dropped in their tracks or within 20 yrds with one shot from a 30-06.

PorkLover
11-04-2008, 7:53 PM
.270......works best for me.....

Gry101
11-05-2008, 8:13 AM
I shoot .338 Win.Mag. I have not felt the recoil when shooting an elk. I do feel it when sighting in. But wen it comes to the animal, recoil is a non-issue IMO.

skateboarder74
11-05-2008, 4:20 PM
.44 mag 300gr HARDCAST. Drops um every time!

Barbarossa
11-05-2008, 5:00 PM
how did you get all that meat home? For that matter, how did you get that much meat to your vehicle?

We took a plane off the island. Imagine 8 overweight hunters in a small Cessna.

The meat was barged over to Santa Barbara. Then up to the bay area on a refer. truck.

RRangel
02-09-2009, 10:35 PM
I've decided to plan on investing in a .300WSM. Remington makes some pretty affordable 700's. :)

kato4moto
02-09-2009, 10:52 PM
My next-door-neighbor goes elk hunting in Colorado every year (close to 10,000 feet--very cold, very tiring) with his Ruger M77 in .300 Win Mag. One shot kills each time he's shot, with distances out to about 300 yards. But just for fun, one year he says he'd like to take his .50-110 Winchester lever gun for closer shots in timber and nostalgia's sake.

Whitesmoke
02-09-2009, 11:23 PM
.338 Win. Mag with 200 gr Winchester Ballistic Silvertips at 2950 fps with a Leupold Variex III 3-9x50 scope.

Any trouble with the 338 silver tips staying together? I've read that they do a lot of meat damage in the smaller (.30) calibers. I have some laying around I have not used yet...

freakshow10mm
02-09-2009, 11:26 PM
I like the .375 Holland myself. Bang, flop.

scr83jp
02-10-2009, 9:22 AM
What are you using for elk? I got invited by a relative out of state, and I'm curious.
I have a friend who hunted elk in colorado with a 6mm ruger number 1 & he'd drop running elk with one shot in the head or neck but he had special training by the usmc he was a force recon scout sniper in vietnam.He still hunts elk in CO this past season he dropped a cow elk & a 3x3 mule deer buck using his 308,each of his sons dropped 3x3 mule deer bucks.Not everyone hunts in the oxygen zones of CO.In 2007 I had a friend who was at 12000 feet & saw no elk,they were at 14000 feet due to very warm weather.I hunted CO from 1984 thru 1999 but the area where I hunted was 5000 to 7000 feet.I read many scare off stories about everyone has to be in top shape to hunt in CO due to the elevation,etc.,that's BS I left my desk job,I was overweight & not in shape and drove to CO. I was introduced to an area with elevations similar to S Calif that was the home of the largest migrating mule deer herd in the world and lots of elk .I used a Sako Finnbear in 30-06 with 165gr nosler solid base bullets mule deer didn't complain.In the 1990's I did some camp surveys in Little Hills west of Meeker,CO on calibers uised for deer & elk:most popular caliber was 300wm,next 7mm mag,30-06,270

fusionstar
02-10-2009, 9:56 AM
anything in the 30 caliber + magnum range :) Only because alot of elk hunting is shooting from canyon from canyon.

professionalcoyotehunter
02-10-2009, 10:23 AM
30-06 is my all time favorite. Or you can use a hawken .50 cal black powder for some real fun.

slowjonn
02-10-2009, 11:37 AM
I've always used a 300 WinMag for elk. I take my 30.06 as a back up rifle just in case something happens to the 300.

My dad, who is a certified guide in Wyoming uses a Hi Wall 7mag single shot.

Tactical Support
02-10-2009, 12:20 PM
300 Dakota & 330 Dakota

Gry101
02-10-2009, 4:10 PM
@ kato4moto, where in Colorado? I go to the Flat Top wilderness near Meeker every year. I have harvested two bulls and a cow in four years. Our group is 11 for 17 in those same 4 years with 10 bulls and one cow.

@ Whitesmoke, I have not had any problems with the Winchester ballistic silvertips. I have no noticed any more meat damage than 7mm mag, 7mm stw or 300 win mag. All of the .338 rounds that have been recovered were nicely mushroomed and retained most of their weight and were found just inside the hide on the other side of the animal.

skateboarder74
02-10-2009, 5:11 PM
.44 mag 310 gr. Hard-cast

Whitesmoke
02-10-2009, 7:50 PM
@ Whitesmoke, I have not had any problems with the Winchester ballistic silvertips. I have no noticed any more meat damage than 7mm mag, 7mm stw or 300 win mag. All of the .338 rounds that have been recovered were nicely mushroomed and retained most of their weight and were found just inside the hide on the other side of the animal.

Good info...thanks.:thumbsup:

parcours
02-10-2009, 8:27 PM
.338 250gr silver tip or 300WSM 180gr soft point.

Both work extremely well.