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Swiss K31 for ELK

Old 11-16-2007, 11:01 AM
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I just wanted to put in a plug for the 7.5x55 Swiss K31 as a hunting rifle. I normally use my Savage 110 30.06 with 3-9 scope, but this year I took my 7.5x55 K31 out.

I use the St Pierre scope mount (aluminum model) that mounts to the side of the receiver, allowing use of the scope or the iron sites. This scope mount has proven to be very stable, and holds zero when removing and replacing back on the rifle. The scope is a Bushnell Banner 3-9.

For this hunt, I used Hornady Custom 7.5x55 with the 165gr BTSP (ordered from Sportsmans Guide). These rds are very consistent and hold nice tight groups with my K31 off the bench.

I had a cow tag this year, and came across a group of about 6 cows moving through the edge of a stand of trees. The shot was 125 yards across a small meadow. When I took the shot, she was facing left and slightly toward me. At the shot, she jumped and then staggered about 15 feet before dropping.

This cow was a big one. We estimate at least 450# on the hoof. After field dressing, skinning, legs taken off at the knees, and the head removed, ready to cut and package the meat, she weighed 311#.

In the picture, we have just winched her up to start field dressing.


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Old 11-16-2007, 11:03 AM
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Forgot to include the picture!




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Old 11-16-2007, 03:32 PM
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Whoa !! Hornady boollits can kill an elk ??? Surely you jest. I use "interlocks" also out of my 30/06. It's where you hit em. Conglads on the elk------You did what I'm going to do next year. Something different, I plan on using my 444 instead of the 30/06. CB
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Old 11-16-2007, 05:41 PM
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Congrats on the nice cow elk, that's a real winner!
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Old 11-16-2007, 07:44 PM
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nice nanny for sure!
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Old 11-20-2007, 03:13 PM
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Colorado Bob,

Definitely where you hit'em. I use the 165 grain in the 30.06 also. I load the Nosler ballistic tips for the 30.06 hunting rd. I used the Hornady's for the 7.5x55 this year, as I haven't completed the task of working up the right load for the K31 yet. These Hornady customs do the job for now. My next trip to the range with the 7.5x55 I will be trying the 165 gr Sierra BTSP with 45.8 grains of 4064. We shall see how they cronigraph and group.

I hunted north of Gunnison this year, so weren't too far from your "stompin grounds" I see.

Take care,

Roger
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Old 11-20-2007, 03:19 PM
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Boy I gotta change where I hunt. . .no way in hell you could get a truck anywhere close to where I've been going. . . . Had to haul this years cow 3.5 miles to the truck. It was ugly.
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Old 11-20-2007, 06:46 PM
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nOvr----My pet load for my 06 is --56 grains of IMR4350, 180 grain Hornady "spire point" & Winchester primers. Good hunting, my friend. CB
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:26 PM
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Yeah that is a huge cow! congrats
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Old 11-21-2007, 09:38 AM
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Nice elk neighbor. And ya did it with a SchweitzerSchutter. Good job.
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