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View Poll Results: Ultimate Elk Cartridge?
7mm Rem. Mag.
.300 WSM/Win.Mag.
.300 Wby/RUM/ 30-378wby
.338 Win.Mag
.340 Wby/.338 RUM/Edge/338-378wby
.375 H&H/Ruger
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Ultimate Elk Cartridge?

Old 09-30-2011, 03:26 AM
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No .35 Whelen?
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Old 09-30-2011, 04:09 AM
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They said ultimate elk rifle and listed a bunch of magnums. I wasn't being outrageous. If it's going to cost multiple dollars per round and some serious bullet weight. Might as well consider most of those guns have a break too.. Might as well go with a serious hog of a cartridge. I never killed a thing with the 378 Weatherby before I sold it. I didn't even think that I needed it for anything in North America. Just for clarification.

In previous posts I've stated I'm pretty much a standard classic cartridge guy. One of my favorite elk calibers is the 270 win always will be. Truly there's not much need for anything over a 300 WM for anything up to 500-600 yard shots. Elk are not tough just some people seem not to shoot them in the right place and end up thinking they need monster guns to put an elk down. And if someone's favorite elk cartridge burns 90 grains of powder or more everytime they pull the trigger well I guess that's their money not mine. It boils down to don't take uncertain shots and know your gun well.
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Old 09-30-2011, 06:19 AM
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My only point was that there's nothing wrong with trying to get as close as possible. You don't always need to take a shot when you first spot an animal. Even the most powerful cartridge is going to drop a lot, and get blown around by the wind. A closer shot lowers the chance of a miss.

I'm not stupid enough to recommend a muzzleloader to someone shooting a powerful CF gun. That was not the point of my previous post. Even though that was lost on one poster.

I've been killing game since the 50's with CF guns. No matter what the range of my gun was. I still tried to get as close as possible to put the odds in my favor. Sometimes you can't, but I think trying is worth the effort.
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Old 10-08-2011, 02:45 PM
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For elk the bigger the bullet and caliber the better, as far as I'm concerned. 300 Win. Mag. and up.
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