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horton 08-28-2011 02:23 PM

Looking to buy a new rifle for elk hunting.
I am going elk hunting in Colorado this fall. I currently shoot a 280 rem. and I can also use my dads 30-06 and I will use one of them this year. Sometime down the road I would like move to something with a little more power maybe a 7mm rem mag. I like some other suggestions, I like the 300 win mag, but I hate to buy one because my dad has one and one day he will give to me and I hate to wind up with two.

mrb1982 08-28-2011 03:48 PM

I am an advocate of the 7mm Rem Mag. Great all purpose gun. I use mine for hunting everything from whitetail at close range to muley and elk at long range and I love the caliber. One thing to note accuracy wise is that the guys from Gun Werks with the Huskamaw scope say their favorite caliber for long range shooting is 7mm Rem Mag. I'm not saying to do something just because somebody on TV says to do it, but I personally love the caliber myself.

lonyaeger 08-28-2011 04:18 PM

I have a .280 Ackley Improved and the ballistics are pretty close the the 7mm but is a little softer on the shoulder. I load 160 grain bullets to about 3,000 fps and that will kill any elk I might see.

Sniper03 08-28-2011 04:28 PM


I have a Remington 7mm Magnum in the Remington 700 CDL and I love the rifle. Elk no problem! And like the 300 Win Mag it is a Flat Shooter!
That would be my choice since someday the 300 will belong to you!

CaseyChadwell 08-28-2011 04:28 PM

The state record Elk in Kentucky for a long time was a 13 yr old girl (I think) and she took her bull from 150 yards with a 30/30...

CaseyChadwell 08-28-2011 04:34 PM

With that said...if ever given the chance to hunt elk, it would be hard not to go with a 45/70 in maybe a sharps rifle or repro. That would be really neat.

horton 08-28-2011 05:01 PM

Thanks for the advice, I think I will probably go with the 7mm mag. Before my dad bought the 300 he hunted with 7mm mag and really liked it and kinda wishes he had it back. I was also looking at the 7mm wsm, does anyone have any experience with one of those.

hardluk1 08-28-2011 05:45 PM

Why not use the 280 you have if its accurate enough to hit a elk well out to maybe 400 yards. The 280 sure is.. It's a great round and does not give up much to a 7mm rem mag that you own now. Use one of dads rifles as a back up if traveling to hunt. Your takeing of a elk depends as much on shot placement and the bullet you shot as the caliber.

jpattersonnh 08-28-2011 05:47 PM

I think you would be better served w/ a standard 7mm Remington Magnum. Brass, ammo for the short fat mag is pricey and ammo is not carried everywhere.

horton 08-28-2011 06:23 PM

I do love the 280, Ive shot a few whitetail and a few hogs and coyotes its a great gun it was given to me by my granddad and I will be using it on the hunt this fall. I feel comfortable shooting it at elk out to 300 yards, but would like something with a little more power for longer shots. That being said I dont think I'd ever have to take a shot longer than 300 yards but you never know. Mostly I think Ive just been bit by the bug to buy a magnum of some kind. Maybe it will wear off.

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