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Old 12-10-2012, 07:16 PM   #1
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I am thinking about going elk hunting but I cant decide on a caliber: 7.62x54r, 7.92x57, .300 wsm, or 50 cal. Ml.

What do you guys think?

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Old 12-10-2012, 07:45 PM   #2
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300 wsm by far a better cartidge. Better choice in a modern rifles and better choice offactory loaded bullets in a faster flatter shooting cartidge.

But of course there allways some guy want'n to hump a 50 around then go right a head , just a bit hard to carry a little heavy and darn hard to shoulder to fire after even a 1/4 mile walk and stalk. .

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I'd suggest a .30-06 or a .308. Elk are big animals, but they're not T-Rex.

.30-06 and .308 have more than adequate power, far less recoil and readily available ammo. And the ammo is about half the price of that magnum stuff.

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I have taken two 6X6 Royal bull elks. The first was with a 30.06 at about 150 yards. I put two in the death spot and watched him run over a hill.
We found him at the bottom of that hill.
My second bull elk was shot with my newly purchased Colt Sauer .300 weatherby mag. at about 350 yards and he was down on the spot. End of story.
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What is your hunting style?

Are you going to actively stalk? Are you going to stalk in close or find a herd, track and engage from a distance? Are you going to try to cut off a herd and position yourself and wait for one to get close?

While teh 7.62x54R and 8mm Mauser rounds are capible, the selection of bullets is not that great. A .30-06 is a good all around caliber with a large variety of bullets to choose from. a .308 has a shorter action and can make a lighter rifle for packing around with perfromance similar to .30-06 but may be better for someone stalking game or planning on shots inside 300 yds.

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Love my 300wsm. Shoots fast, hard, and super flat which is nice for shooting at a distance. I have never had a problem finding ammo like people always say. It's my favorite rifle.

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It really depends where you are hunting. If you are hunting "Sand" elk in the desert where the range is long you would want a rifle that carries a 400 yard pay load. If you are up above the snow line where the cover is scrub and Juniper difficult stalking a good flat shooter with a heavy bullet. Hunting on hay meadows most likely an 06 or .308 will do. Dark timber a heavy hitter like a 35 Whelen .338 WCF shootin heavy slugs. In the Nat'l Park areas Grizzly encounters are going up every year. You may want a Grizz rifle to shoot your elk. My favorite for the past 40 years has been a .338 with a 250 grs. bullet it covers the list.

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"I cant decide on a caliber: 7.62x54r, 7.92x57, .300 wsm, or 50 cal. Ml."

With the listed options, this is easy (for me).
7.62X54R - don't like them, it personal.
7.92X57 - don't like them, again personal.
Both of the above will do the job.
.300WSM - duh, that's a simple choice.
.50Cal - not realistic.

If these are what you have, kudos on the last two listed, go for it. If you are in the looking stage, look at other 30 cals and the 7s and 284s (same cal, diff loadings).
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Elk are some tough SOB's so you should probably go with the fity......hope you are in shape. All four of your choices will make an Elk very dead if you place your shot correctly. 300WSM is the no brainer of the lot.

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Elk are some tough SOB's so you should probably go with the fity......hope you are in shape. All four of your choices will make an Elk very dead if you place your shot correctly. 300WSM is the no brainer of the lot.
I must have run into some real "sissy" elk! Mine have gone down with one shot from a .30-06.

Stalk to a decent range where you can make a good shot and no problem. I don't hunt out in the sand, so no need for long range.
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