Go Back  HuntingNet.com Forums > General Hunting Forums > Big Game Hunting
How far is an avg shot distance for elk? >

How far is an avg shot distance for elk?

Big Game Hunting Moose, elk, mulies, caribou, bear, goats, and sheep are all covered here.
 Nosler

How far is an avg shot distance for elk?

Old 08-03-2009, 05:26 PM
  #11  
Dominant Buck
 
Champlain Islander's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: On an Island in Vermont
Posts: 22,250
Default

Originally Posted by Magic
For elk hunting, I would not limit myself to a 200 yard caliber.
I agree if you are going to buy a special gun for elk why stop at a 200 yard gun. Lots of great calibers out there for elk with easy to find factory ammo.
Champlain Islander is offline  
Old 08-03-2009, 05:33 PM
  #12  
Spike
 
Magic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Brookhaven, Ms.
Posts: 93
Default

DeerandbearhoG makes a very valid point regarding cartridge availability. For years I elk hunted with my 280. After a "bad day" at the zero check range in Colorado, I found myself needing/wanting cartridges. NONE anywhere. As it turned out, I didn't "need" any and killed a bull the next day.

I now hunt with a 30-06 and the 280 goes along as "spare". The point is, ALL stores stock 30-06, 270, and 7mm Rem Mag.
Magic is offline  
Old 08-03-2009, 06:07 PM
  #13  
Typical Buck
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: durango Colorado USA
Posts: 567
Default

Yep, I agree get a 30/06 for elk. It's what I've been using for years, worls great with 180 grain factory loads. But I understand the "itch" to get a lever gun. I got myself a 444 Marlin----great for black bears & whitetails. It's fun to shoot. I doubt if I'll use it on elk-----I like the fact I can go out to 300 yards if needed. Out of the 2 dozen or so elk I killed, it's @ 125 yards. Several at 25 yards, several @ 225 yards---but the majority were between 100 to 150 yards. CB
Colorado Bob is offline  
Old 08-03-2009, 06:16 PM
  #14  
Giant Nontypical
 
salukipv1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: IL
Posts: 6,575
Default

maybe I'll hae to do a lil research for my own curiosity...

but how's a .338marlin compare to a .338win mag? the latter which would be more commonly available...and still shoot 200-250gr bullets well. and in a bunch of rifles probably, though not a lever if you're dying for one of those.
salukipv1 is offline  
Old 08-03-2009, 07:13 PM
  #15  
Giant Nontypical
 
Sheridan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location:
Posts: 5,130
Default

Hope this helps




http://www.chuckhawks.com/338_marlin_express.htm
Sheridan is offline  
Old 08-03-2009, 07:35 PM
  #16  
Spike
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 35
Default

Most of the elk I've killed have been in the 100 to 200 yards.
However, I've killed 1 elk at a measured 400 yards with a .300 Win Mag and 1 at a ranged 460 yards with a .338 Win Mag.

I also agree with the idea of using a caliber that is readily available in any store.
johsides is offline  
Old 08-03-2009, 07:36 PM
  #17  
Nontypical Buck
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location:
Posts: 3,516
Default

200 yds. Good luck.
handloader1 is offline  
Old 08-03-2009, 10:56 PM
  #18  
Spike
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: wisconsin
Posts: 19
Default

Thank you guys for all the advice! i'll check back in when i bring which ever i decide home.
firewalker3373 is offline  
Old 08-04-2009, 06:08 PM
  #19  
Typical Buck
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location:
Posts: 585
Default

In the area I hunt elk, they are moving off agricultural fields (private land) in the morning heading back into the mountains (BLM). There is no cover so 200 yards is consiered short range. If you get into the hills mid day, you're looking at 100 yards or so.
A11en is offline  
Old 08-07-2009, 09:56 PM
  #20  
Typical Buck
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 612
Default

skb2706's experience reflects mine. I've killed 15 elk. The longest two shots were about 125 yards. The closest about 40 yards.

That being said, I've passed on some long shots. I'm not sure how long, but long enough to know they were beyond my competent range.
wyomingtrapper is offline  

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.