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Old 03-12-2013, 01:45 PM   #11
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I have a group of friends, one of them owns 650 acres, they go every year. Usually 3 of the 5 guys will get an elk. I've never hunted or been to the property but saw pictures of their kills and its hilly land with trees. Not thick trees like in the south. If I had to guess I'd say the farthest shot would be maybe 300 yards. I wouldn't shoot that far, wouldn'd trust my shot that far out on a live animal. Maybe 200 yards would be my farthest comfort zone for shooting at an deer/elk.

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I have a group of friends, one of them owns 650 acres, they go every year. Usually 3 of the 5 guys will get an elk. I've never hunted or been to the property but saw pictures of their kills and its hilly land with trees. Not thick trees like in the south. If I had to guess I'd say the farthest shot would be maybe 300 yards. I wouldn't shoot that far, wouldn'd trust my shot that far out on a live animal. Maybe 200 yards would be my farthest comfort zone for shooting at an deer/elk.
Well, if you aren't really experienced but have good guides who know the property and the heard a 200 yd shot should not be too unreasonable. The reason I asked the questions is because it can be kind of relative. People now hunt elk but most experienced now hunters will scout well ahead and understand movement if a heard. They will know choke points, water, food, and bedding areas. This allows them to position well to get a better chance at a humane shot.

A good bolt action .30-06 should get you reach, precision, and penetration for a 200yd shot.
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180 gr. Sierra bullets in .30-06 is more than enough.

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I've seen Elk do crazy things. Two Elk seasons ago, my hunting buddy blasted a spike right in the engine block with a 180gr sierra out of 300WM at about 80 yards. It should have dropped on the spot but he managed to run about 500 yards down into a hell hole....with a blown out oil pump.

Based on what I've seen, I don't know the answer to your question. I use a 338WM and 250 grain pills....just like nitestalker.

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Tony you old dog where have you been? I would say from reading a number of these post there are only a few real elk hunters.

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The reason I brought this subject up is because 3 gun stores I went to didn't recommend a 30-06 for hunting elk , they told me the minimun I should hunt elk with is the 300 magnum.

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Tony you old dog where have you been? I would say from reading a number of these post there are only a few real elk hunters.
I've been very busy my friend. Yep, Elk are some tough critters.
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I'm in the market for a new rifle. I'm wanting to hunt elk next year. Never hunted elk before. Whats the smallest bullet that will humanly kill an elk and if you were to buy a new rifle what caliber would you pick.
Key word is Humane. Second is smallest cal.
I go with the 7mm mag.
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The reason I brought this subject up is because 3 gun stores I went to didn't recommend a 30-06 for hunting elk , they told me the minimun I should hunt elk with is the 300 magnum.
Since its birth there has probably been more elk taken with the 06 than any other round.I Shoot a 300 Weatherby and love it but they are not for everyone!!!
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The consideration of an elk rifle is made on how effective will it be against a Grizzly bear. The chances of Brown bear encounters go up every year. If you are hunting in the Northern Rockies carry a rifle that can handle a Brown bear. Big bore rifles with heavy bullets works well on elk or bears.

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