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Old 09-15-2010, 04:41 AM   #1
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Hello, my wife has recently taken up big game hunting, we go after elk and moose (mainly only elk). right now i have an old but very reliable husquavarna 30-0-06 sprg. i am looking for a rifle for her, i was thinking something with a little less whoomph, maybe a 25-0-06. should still be enough to take a elk at a couple hundred yards but a little less kick. i do have another 30-0-06 she can use for moose if need be. i am wondering if anybody can provide a suggustion on a calibre, load and maybe a brand or model that would be ideal. our terrain is mainly mountains with foothills and farm land.


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Old 09-15-2010, 10:23 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. Stop by the introduction area and let everyone know you're here.

I personally wouldn't feel comfortable with a 25-06 on elk. For an animal of that size I would want a 30 caliber, maybe something slightly smaller like a 280. I'm not sure how the recoil would compare since I haven't shot a 280. If she's OK shooting the 30-06 I would stick with it. Does she complain about the recoil?

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Like spitty said the 25-06 is not an elk cartridge. Yo may get away with a 280 rem (30-06 necked down to 7mm) But even that I wouldn't do. 300 win mag is about the smallest I would ever go on an elk. Elk are big tough animals that need a big tough cartridge. Have you ever been up close with an elk. I was within 20' of a nice 8x8 bull once and let me tell you he made thoroughbred racing horses look tiny.

Can a 30-06 take an elk. Sure you have to be laser accurate use the proper bullet and keep shots within 300 yards I myself would limit my shots to 100 maybe 150 yards if shooting a 30-06.

I think a 300 win mag or a 300 wsm would be your better choice I wuold still be using a 180+gr Premium bullet like a Nosler Partition, Swift Scirocco 2, Or a Barns Tripple Shock X bullet.

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If recoil an issue try using a Limb Saver recoil pad. These come in slip-on, grind to fit, and as replacement for certain firearm model butt pads. I have an old 110 Savage in 30-06 that I believed had an iron maiden butt pad on it. When I put a new scope on it I had to go out two separate days because it was kicking the bajesus out of me. I screw on the new recoil pad and what a difference. I can shoot this gun all day long and not shed a single tear. Joe

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Thank you guys. the info is really helpful. and yes i have been up close to elk many time as i have hunted them for 13 years. in terrain like this you dont get much further away than 300 yds anyways. i will probably keep her on the 30-06 since that what you all suggest. i shoot 165 gr boat tails and save the 180 gr for moose. and to awnser your question i am not a gun enthuiset i have 6 guns and in total only shot 2 other ones. i use what i have and they have all been passed down from my grandfather and great grandfather, that is why i had to come here to ask advise. probably my favorite rifles to shoot are the 30-30 win and 300 savage

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Thank you guys. the info is really helpful. and yes i have been up close to elk many time as i have hunted them for 13 years. in terrain like this you dont get much further away than 300 yds anyways. i will probably keep her on the 30-06 since that what you all suggest. i shoot 165 gr boat tails and save the 180 gr for moose. and to awnser your question i am not a gun enthuiset i have 6 guns and in total only shot 2 other ones. i use what i have and they have all been passed down from my grandfather and great grandfather, that is why i had to come here to ask advise. probably my favorite rifles to shoot are the 30-30 win and 300 savage
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If she's wanting something lighter in recoil than the 30-06 I'd recommend either the .308 or the 7mm08 with premium bullets. Either will cleanly harvest an elk if you hit them square in the boiler room with a good bullet.

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Mr Bear,

How about a 7 by 57 mauser. They will work on any north american game and don`t kick.

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The 7x57 will work just as good as the 7mm08. The only reason I omitted it is you can't buy 7x57 ammo as easily as the other 2 and I doubt the OP reloads.

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oh ya i reload so pre assembled shells are not an issue. i find it a waste to dish out 30 bucks or whatever for a box of shells that last 30 minutes at the range

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