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gringojosh 10-20-2011 05:22 PM

ultimate elk rifle
Being from the East, I've never hunted elk but have dreamed about it. What would be the ultimate elk rifle to take out west?

handloader1 10-20-2011 05:43 PM

.340 Wby. Mag. Good luck.

homers brother 10-20-2011 06:04 PM

90mm, recoilless (don't want to be flinching). HEAT for those tough quartering shots.

Elk are not invincible. I've used .243, .30-06, .300 Wby, and .375 H&H. I'm perfectly happy chasing elk with the .30-06 (180 grain JACKETED bullets). If I'm hunting more open terrain, I'll prefer the .300.

streetglideok 10-20-2011 06:45 PM

Ultimate elk rifle, or just what is used alot and is more then enough? Ultimate, 340wby/338RUM would be two of the ultimate rifles, in power, and recoil. 300RUM is right up there with it, then 300win. As for what is plenty, the '06, 7mm rem mag, 308, 45/70(short range dark timber elk buster), and even a 30/30 within nominal ranges. Its much glorified about how you need cannons to hunt elk. Honestly it isnt needed, but two days before elk season here, what are we taking? Im carrying my 300RUM, the wife, her 300win. Not because we have to, but because we want to!

Sheridan 10-20-2011 10:20 PM

Worth a look;

I use both a 7MM RM & a .338 WM depending on where I'm hunting (Got Bears ).

CalHunter 10-20-2011 10:58 PM

Another vote for the 338WM although any 30 caliber should do.

stalkingbear 10-21-2011 08:01 PM

Up to 300 yards, the 35 Whelen is hard to beat and easy on the shoulder. 300 yards and longer the 338 win mag does the trick.

stapher1 10-22-2011 10:04 AM

A 300 Win mag or 7mm Rem mag with a 168gr Berger, short or long range it will drop them without beating up your shoulder. But i wouldn't go without my 280 AI as my 2nd rifle.

bigbulls 10-22-2011 06:04 PM

Being from the East, I've never hunted elk but have dreamed about it.
The same 30-06 that you kill your deer with back East.

Colorado Luckydog 10-22-2011 08:28 PM

If your looking for the "Ultimate Elk Cartridge", look no farther than the Remington 300 Ultra Mag!!

If your looking for the "Ultimate Elk Rifle", that could be debated until the end of time but everyone that argued in favor of the Remington 700 would be right.

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