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

Best Caliber for elk

Old 01-15-2010, 07:24 PM
  #1  
Spike
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Southern Indiana
Posts: 39
Default Best Caliber for elk

What is a good caliber of gun to take elk hunting. We are planning a trip and i was wanting to get some opinions on what you guys thought was a good caliber. thanks
cblevins2 is offline  
Old 01-15-2010, 08:38 PM
  #2  
Boone & Crockett
 
bigbulls's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 10,679
Default

6.5X55, .264 mag, .270, .270 mag, 7X57, 7mm-08, .280, .308, 30-06, 7mm mag, .300 mag, .338 Federal, .338-06, 338 mag, 35 Whelen, 350 mag.

Take your pick.
bigbulls is offline  
Old 01-15-2010, 08:50 PM
  #3  
Nontypical Buck
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Western PA
Posts: 1,356
Default

killed a bull with a 270 know people who killed em 7mmrem 30-06 300winmag 270wsm 7mm08.
deerslayer223 is offline  
Old 01-15-2010, 08:51 PM
  #4  
Nontypical Buck
 
121553's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: NW Montana / SW Alberta Rockies
Posts: 3,258
Default

This is going to get good.

Bobby
121553 is offline  
Old 01-15-2010, 09:07 PM
  #5  
Boone & Crockett
 
bigbulls's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 10,679
Default

This is going to get good.

Bobby
Why?

I thought I covered it pretty well.
bigbulls is offline  
Old 01-15-2010, 09:47 PM
  #6  
Typical Buck
 
moosehunter30's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Red Deer AB
Posts: 543
Default

Originally Posted by bigbulls
Why?

I thought I covered it pretty well.
everyone knows anything smaller then the diameter of a broom stick is inadequate for elk lol
moosehunter30 is offline  
Old 01-16-2010, 05:28 AM
  #7  
Fork Horn
 
ajstrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Paducah, Kentucky
Posts: 146
Default

I have read multiple articles stating that 1500 ft lbs is a good minimum for elk. That being said, I think any caliber from about .25 on up is a good diameter for elk sized rounds. That being said there a lot of things to consider.

The terrain you will be hunting. I have seen hunts take place in close in heavy timber, in this kind of area long range ballistics aren't really necessary. However if you hunting out in the mountain ranges where it might be 400 yards to the other side of the valley, you might want a faster magnum cartridge so that it still packs that energy and trajectory way out there. However I think long range trajectories aren't quite as necessary these days with the fancy rangefinders we have to eliminate range estimation errors.

The shot you take can be important too. If you intend to try to smash through the shoulders to put the elk down right there, you will want more of a powerhouse caliber with a heavy for caliber premium constructed bullet. This is also important if you want to take a steep quartering shot. However if you intend to take what I call an archery shot, aiming to put a round through both lungs and hopefully the heart, this is where you can use the lighter calibers with success.

Any way you go, I do recommend a premium type bullet because the elk is a large bodied animal.

If I had to recommend a decent all around choice, I would choose the good old 30-06 with a 180 grain bullet like a Barnes Triple Shock X bullet, Nosler Partition, Swift A Frame, or maybe one of these newer all copper bullets like Nosler E Tip or Hornady GMX (though I haven't shot any of these newer type all copper bullets).

If I was hunting at extended ranges, I would up it to a 7mm or .300 magnum with some type of tipped premium bullet to help with the longer range energy conservation. Something like a tipped Triple Shock X Bullet or Trophy Bonded Tipped bullet. I haven't used any of the Winchester XP3 bullets either but they would probably be a good choice. I hear people have problems with them due to their coating though, you need to shoot several rounds to get that Lubalox coating in your barrel before they start shooting good, well that is what I do if I am shooting moly coats anyways.
ajstrider is offline  
Old 01-16-2010, 05:39 AM
  #8  
Nontypical Buck
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location:
Posts: 1,408
Default

Part of this depends what kind of shots you will be taking, particularly how far.

Let's assume you plan to shoot through 400 yards or so. I prefer the .30cals as I like having the benefit of the extra diameter on a tougher animal. Most .338 cartridges kick too much for my liking. The 7mms are good too you just give up some diameter and weight vs the 30.

Where I hunt, most of the locals use either a 270 or a 7mm.

If we're talking longer than 400m I'd lean strongly towards the 30 and 7mm magnums. But I've seen reports just this year of people taking them down with stuff as small as a .243.

Defining "Best" is a fools' errand.
spaniel is offline  
Old 01-16-2010, 06:23 AM
  #9  
Fork Horn
 
Gamblinman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Yantis, TX
Posts: 287
Default

Just for elk, .300 Winchester or Weatherby Magnum.

For elk and smaller, I'd have to go to the 7mm Magnum.

For Elk and larger, .338

Gman
Gamblinman is offline  
Old 01-16-2010, 11:07 AM
  #10  
Fork Horn
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: In the country
Posts: 156
Default

Does anyone know what elk actually tasts like? Good?
jaywalker 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.