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Old 03-14-2007, 04:46 AM
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going on an elk hunt. never hunted them before just curious how a .50 cal would serve the purpose.
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Old 03-14-2007, 07:58 AM
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.50 Caliber will work fine. Probably the most popular caliber across the board for any animal. Use a good strong sabot (XTP, Shockwave, etc.) in the 250-300 grain class, or a Conical in the 330++ grain range to whatever your gun manufacturer will allow and will shoot good in your gun. For conicals look at Buffalo Bullets, T/C Maxi Balls, No Excuses, and there are a few others I am not familiar with that should work just fine. I shot my elk in 2005 with a 370 grain T/C Maxi Ball over 80 grains of Pyrodex RS. Killed her just fine.


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Old 03-14-2007, 11:35 AM
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I have taken several elk with a 50 Cal. I also have a 54 Cal. which is my choice. It might not mean much but the 54 appears to be a bit better for my money. If you haven't bought one yet I would recommend the 54. I have shot bulls out to 125 yards with both. Both have also worked great on deer.

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Old 03-14-2007, 12:32 PM
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Where you going for this elk hunt? colorado for example requires a .50 for elk and 170 grain minimum bullet. No sabots, scopes or pellet powder.
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Old 03-14-2007, 12:51 PM
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A .50 cal ML will kill Elk deader than you know what.
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Old 03-18-2007, 01:53 PM
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kilotanker19 there are currently some great discussions about ML powder
and bullets going on at the blackpowder section of this forum. You might
want give it a look. I have been learning a great deal myself. I also am
new at this.
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Old 03-18-2007, 05:02 PM
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good luck

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