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Lonewolf44 07-10-2013 10:10 PM

308 for Elk??
 
I just found out that I have drawn a once-in-a-lifetime Bull Elk tag in the Wichita Mountains, in Oklahoma, this year. I have never been elk hunting. Is my 308 large enough to hunt elk? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Anna_Purna 07-10-2013 10:12 PM

Hunt away :)

Perfectly fine for Elk. Use a 180 grain soft point bullet and you have an 18 inch bulls-eye for point of aim.

One question though....

Do they really have mountains in Oklahoma???

ShagNasty1001 07-10-2013 10:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Lonewolf44
I just found out that I have drawn a once-in-a-lifetime Bull Elk tag in the Wichita Mountains, in Oklahoma, this year. I have never been elk hunting. Is my 308 large enough to hunt elk? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

How do you get into the drawing? I'm here in the Metro and would love to have that chance

ShagNasty1001 07-10-2013 10:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Anna_Purna
Hunt away :)

Perfectly fine for Elk. Use a 180 grain soft point bullet and you have an 18 inch bulls-eye for point of aim.

One question though....

Do they really have mountains in Oklahoma???

They're really hills now

Lonewolf44 07-10-2013 10:20 PM

You can apply on the Oklahoma Dept of Wildlife Conservation website. The Controlled hunts applications must be filed by May 15th. Only costs 5 dollars to apply for controlled deer hunts and elk hunts.

ShagNasty1001 07-10-2013 10:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Lonewolf44
You can apply on the Oklahoma Dept of Wildlife Conservation website. The Controlled hunts applications must be filed by May 15th. Only costs 5 dollars to apply for controlled deer hunts and elk hunts.

I'm gonna check that out. Thanks!

limbkiller 07-10-2013 11:24 PM

Yes your .308 will be just fine for elk. Inside 400 yards it is more than adequate for killing them. As a former guide in Montana my favorite is still the .270 with 130 grain silvertips. They aren't hard to kill as people say. Shoot any creature in the chest with an expanding bullet and it will die within 30 seconds or less. I would use 165-180 grain bullets.

Lonewolf44 07-14-2013 07:16 PM

My buddy has offered to let me use his 30-06 for the Elk hunt, I don't now if there will be much of an advantage over my .308? Thank you all for your help. I do appreciate it.

ACES 6 07-14-2013 07:35 PM

The main advantage with the .30-06 is more distance. But, like limbkiller said, if you're inside 400 yds, the .308 is just fine. Besides, you will perform better with your own rifle.

Sounds like an awesome hunt - good luck!

nitestalker 07-14-2013 07:53 PM

If you have never hunted Elk study the animals physiology. Knowing where to place the shots is more important than the difference between a .308 and a .30-06.:)


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