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L8KER 04-05-2008 07:46 PM

RE: Your Favorite Gun For Deer/Elk
 
Never hunted elk, but my favorite up north deer gun is my 450 Marlin. When hunting down state in shotgun only, it's my H&R 12 with Remington Ulta Core Lokt.

Bake North 04-06-2008 05:31 AM

RE: Your Favorite Gun For Deer/Elk
 
Iam in a shot gun area and I like my 20 ga slug gun but the last 2 years all I carried was my 50cal muzzleloader.

mcawful 04-06-2008 06:54 AM

RE: Your Favorite Gun For Deer/Elk
 
My 30-06 has taken game from Alaska to Nc and down to Florida. With so many loads available, not to mention reloading your own, for me it would be hard to beat.

wernerjd 04-06-2008 09:27 AM

RE: Your Favorite Gun For Deer/Elk
 
.270 all the way

RugerM77.270 04-07-2008 09:18 AM

RE: Your Favorite Gun For Deer/Elk
 
Say my name.

oldelkhunter 04-07-2008 09:49 AM

RE: Your Favorite Gun For Deer/Elk
 
I have a problem with people that recommend the 270 Winchester for Elk. I guess it all depends on where you are doing your hunting and the caliber of bull/cow you are shooting. They( Elk) can vary weight by a few hundred pounds . That is not even mentioning Public Land or Private land and or Terrain features.

Bear Wallow 04-07-2008 01:25 PM

RE: Your Favorite Gun For Deer/Elk
 
6mm Remington

cjwink 04-07-2008 03:08 PM

RE: Your Favorite Gun For Deer/Elk
 
Depends on which one I pull out of the safe.. The 243, 6mm, 7mm-08 or the 308... If I had to use one gun for both deer and elk.. I would go with the 7mm-08.. Just because it is a good mid range caliber and I have it in the Ruger compact that is light and easy to handle should I be toting it around in the mountains..

700xcr 04-07-2008 07:57 PM

RE: Your Favorite Gun For Deer/Elk
 

ORIGINAL: oldelkhunter

I have a problem with people that recommend the 270 Winchester for Elk. I guess it all depends on where you are doing your hunting and the caliber of bull/cow you are shooting. They( Elk) can vary weight by a few hundred pounds . That is not even mentioning Public Land or Private land and or Terrain features.
My question is why do you have a problem with people using a 270win. for elk?As long as the person behind the 270win. or any.277cal.uses the right bullet,shot placement and knows their limitations there should be no problem.

skeeter 7MM 04-07-2008 09:41 PM

RE: Your Favorite Gun For Deer/Elk
 

As long as the person behind the 270win. or any.277cal.uses the right bullet,shot placement and knows their limitations there should be no problem.
I think that's were some have the problems with using a lighter caliber or cartridge then typically considered "the norm". Not everybody will use a premium or properbullet. Not everybody will be able to hold their emotions in check topass or wait on a positive shot angle. Not everyone knows their limitations or even the guns for which they are using! The reality is far more who hunt don't spend the time required toknow the limitations, then do. The answer can't be contained to justbigger either!I thinkmost would feel more comfortable guiding a friend or other hunter with a tool they are proficent with, then one that may better fit the "norm"but can't handle.

I personally have used the measily 270win;) to harvest both elk and moose, was very successful doing so by exactly what you mentioned (The proper bullet, knowing my limitations (keeping to them) and putting it into the vitals with minimal resistence upon entry - aka not through the shoulder first). That said Ionbce Istarted hunting elk yearly, I toodidn't like the limiting factors with the 270, so upped the anty some. I still am not going to take poor shots, but I won't think twice about breaking through the shoulder to get to the lungs either.

The elk crew I hunthas grandfathered in member with a .270 win. 150gr NP drops his elk with no troubles, then again he has never shot one further then maybe 150yards from his barrel and every single one have been right behind the shoulders. He has passed about as many bulls as he's harvested on the account he didn't have "the shot". It can be done but not everybody has this type of ability.;)


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