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Old 07-14-2006, 10:45 PM
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Any more suggestions fella's? The time is coming near to make the purchase and i want any information i can get!
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Old 07-16-2006, 12:52 PM
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I don't think you would go wrong with a 7-08 or a 308. My old man and my grandpa have killed plenty of elk with their 308s.

Just be sure to get a good set of glass on your rifle, I wouldn't want an optic failure during a hunt like your goin on!
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Old 08-04-2006, 12:18 PM
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From the info you've given I feel good recommending you go with the 7mm-08. Little flatter shooting than the 308 (also a good choice) and less recoil too. It'll take any elk without killing you. Good luck and make sure to share your pictures!
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Old 08-04-2006, 12:36 PM
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never hunted elk but i do own a 7mm-08. I would say that would work just fine. That being said, i also have a 30.06 that i had a Pakmeyr recoil pad put on. It now has less felt recoil then my 7mm-08
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Old 08-04-2006, 12:39 PM
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The gentleman said he can't take much recoil due to his back injuries. Obviouslywe don't "feel" recoil when taking a shot at game. We've all experienced that. But, the recoil still happens. The jolt of some of the heavier cartridges listed doesn't change just because we're shooting at game rather than at targets. Not knowing what his injuries are, it's entirely possible that the recoilmight cause further injury.

I'd go with the 7mm-08 in a heavier rifle with some sort of recoil dampener. The 6mm will work with the right bullet, limited range, and perfect shot placement. But, they don't always stand broadside at 50 yards...
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Old 08-04-2006, 01:31 PM
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Well I don’t have any experience in Elk hunting but I do have a 7 mm-08 and would have to say that this cartridge is pleasant to shoot. Good Luck...
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Old 08-04-2006, 07:17 PM
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Hello. Forget all the pleasing to shoot stuff. A 300 Win Mag with a 180gr Accubond is what you want for a once in a lifetime Elk hunt. If you have a X-canyon shot at 400 yards what would you want ....a rifle bullet that drops 11 inches at 400 yards when zeroed at 250 or one that drops 25 inches. My God, this is a no brainer. When you pull the trigger, you will not feel the recoil....trust me. The 300 Win Mag is the 5th best selling cartridge of all time for a reason......forget the 6mm, 7mm stuff.....go with the big dog......you aren'ttrying to kill a200 pound deer......These boys are triple that and need serious killing energy at moderate ranges.Regards, Rick.
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Old 08-04-2006, 07:34 PM
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It's a no-brainer unless you have a back injury which makes it impossible to handle the recoil of a magnum.
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Old 08-04-2006, 09:06 PM
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If you go with a 300, get the 300 WSM. Better accuracy due to short bullet. Shoots the same ballistically, and kicks less. I've shot a 300 mag and a 300wsm in the same type rifle and the short mag kicks considerably less. A hrad kicking rifle will kill your long range accuracy in the field. The 300 win mag don't kick too hard, but why take anymore recoil than oyu have to? People kill elk with 7mm mags and 30-06's everyday.
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Old 08-04-2006, 09:17 PM
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If you go with a 300, get the 300 WSM. Better accuracy due to short bullet
The 300wsm and 300winmag can shoot the same bullets.
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