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Old 07-27-2011, 01:29 AM   #1
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i am new to big game hunting ikwas wondering which would be the best for elk hunting right now it is 306 or the 338

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Old 07-27-2011, 01:39 AM   #2
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It comes down to preference. A 270, 30-06, 7mm Rem. Mag. 300 Win Mag and others are more than adequate to take down an Elk. Certainly the 338 Win Mag is a good round and would do the job. But is what I believe on the top end regarding what is necessary, but certainly would work. However if I was going for Grizzly I would want all the power I could get. I would then certainly consider the 300 Win Mag or 338 Win Mag.

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i like big bore rifles. ive had a 458 winmag for over 2 decades. bought one at 18. 10 years ago i bought a winchester model 70 in 338 winmag. its a very versatile round but i found it way more unpleasent to shoot than my 458 winmag. a rifle light enough to lug around the woods looking for elk is going to be a very brutal rifle to shoot well for a new hunter of elk.

i highly recommend you plead and beg with someone who has one to let you try theirs first.

i ended up selling my 338. i just didnt like the unpleasent recoil profile. its more of a slap than a push. i equate it to being would you rather be punched by tyson or pushed by tyson.

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so a 30-06 would be better cause i might hunt deer to and other game

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338 will take deer just fine. if you load your own ammo they can be downloaded to 30-06 levels.

i hunt texas whitetail with my 458winmag. i just download to 45-70 levels.

im not gonna tell ya what to do just give my opinions

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You are correct the historical 30-06 is very versatile and has a vast assortment of bullets weights you can choose from. I certainly would not recommend a 338 Win Mag for Deer. I hunt with a 7 MM Rem Mag in Texas most of the time due to distance shots but will be taking my Model 70 30-06 this year. The 7MM due to it's speed tears up a little more meat than I like at close range.

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thank u though

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338 will take deer just fine. if you load your own ammo they can be downloaded to 30-06 levels.

i hunt texas whitetail with my 458winmag. i just download to 45-70 levels.

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This my 2 cents . A 30-06 is the best of all worlds .... factory loads from 55 grn to 220 grn from ground hogs to grizzly's ,have been taken with the 06 ....from my experiance with people (real hard core hunters) I can say that the . 338 mags will spend 95 % in the safe and hardly ever even shot ... (other than being sighted in ) .much less hunted with .

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If you plan on using one rifle for general hunting, including elk, get a 30-06. Use premium bullets on elk.

If you plan on getting a dedicated rifle just for elk, moose or grizzly, then you might consider a 338. Arrange to fire one before you decide to buy one.

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I will second the 338 being brutal. My Ruger in 338WM is not fun to shoot at all. My Dad and I both have them. If you plan on going bigger than elk you may want to consider it. Light loads for elk will tame the recoil and you go balls out if you chase bigger game.

I'm thinking about getting a new 30-06 so I will watching the thread and hope to see what you settle on.

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