Efficiency and practicality

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by 94browninghunt, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. 94browninghunt

    94browninghunt New Member

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    Hey, new to this forum. I've been hunting for almost five years now:D. i've been using the Browning A-bolt Composite Stalker for the past 3 years, and recently made some money :). So thinking of getting a rifle upgrade. thinking of buying the RMEF X-Bolt White Gold by browning

    A-Bolt Composite Stalker, Centerfire bolt action deer and varmint hunting rifle with composite synthetic stock, Browning Firearms Product
    ^the A-bolt i own right now

    RMEF X-Bolt White Gold, Bolt Action Deer Elk Big Game Hunting Rifle, Browning Firearms Product
    ^the RMEF X-bolt

    I really like all the decoration and stuff, but i am wondering if its just gonna be a rifle in the showcase or is it practical and efficient of field. I've owned two Browning's till now and both of them are perfect.

    What rifles (Bolt Action) do u suggest for big game hunting, especially Elk. And what do u prefer 325 WSM or 338 Win Mag?

    What rifles do you suggest instead of the one i want for Big game? (need not have to be browning;))

    Thanks
     
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  2. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    I have a Savage 110 in 7mm Remington Magnum. Does the job. Also an 8x57 or .30-06 will do fine out to 400 yards on Elk. The .325WSM only has a 100 to 150fps advantage over the 8x57 w/ 175 or 180gr bullets, not much of an advantage. It equates to about 50 yards range for retained energy sufficant to kill Elk easily.
     

  3. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    What is your present caliber? As JP said the 7mm RM is plenty for elk. The 338 would be good if you are planning to go to Alaska for bear or moose. Even there the 7mm RM would work. I used a 270 on elk and it worked fine.
     
  4. 94browninghunt

    94browninghunt New Member

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    thank you JP, thank you JTJ, i currently use a 300 win mag, but im gonna try my hand at Elk with my grandpa and dad for the first time, unsure what to expect.
     
  5. therewolf

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    I generally look for that for which I'll be able to find ammo and accessories

    easily. Short answer, .308 for short range, 30.06 for the larger game or longer

    ranges. There's just so much stuff readily available for them already on the

    shelf.

    The ammo selection in some LGSs for 30.06 is eye-crossing. To say you

    have a reasonable selection is an understatement.
     
  6. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    You have a caliber that is more then adequate for elk. Any quality bullet 180gr and up will work well. The big plus is knowing the rifle. I would not worry one bit. Take a good broad side shot in the boiler maker and you will be fine.
     
  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    :Di have to agree, that 300 win. mag. is very capable of taking an elk, even at good distance and also if you shoot it on a regular basis, then it should work just fine for you. but if you want to add another browning in a different caliber, i say go for it! a person can never have too many firearms. good luck with your elk hunt.
     
  8. 94browninghunt

    94browninghunt New Member

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    Thank you all for good info. Good hunting!
     
  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    good luck on your elk hunt and hope you get a big one, BTW, send me a hind quarter!
     
  10. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    I have a pair of the white gold x bolts what a fine rifle one is a 300win the other a 270
     
  11. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    Hey axxe55 just finished our elk season my 16 yr old daughter smoked a 5x5 I took a very heavy 6x6 should score round 385 but cant eat horns but we now have plenty of elk meat
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    well mulie, send me some elk meat, i'm ready to make chili! BTW, elk meat chile is great, a man i worked for several years ago gave me a bunch of elk meat to make chili for all the guys at work, (i love to make chili almost as much as i love to shoot guns!) and was it good eating. he brought me some deer meat later and some impala meat and i made chili out it too for the guys. you can use just about anything to make chili. glad you two got some nice elks. bet you had a great time too.
     
  13. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    A dead Elk, a .300 Win. Mag. stay with it & Good Luck !
     
  14. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    Any animal in north america alaska canada hell most of africa will hit the ground to a good ol 300 win mag if hit in the vitals period the 300 is a great big game round
     
  15. Lindenwood

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    While I wouldn't say they are equal, the .308 is only about 100fps behind the .30-06 with a 180gr bullet, which shortens its effective range by about 50-75 yards (for a given minimum impact velocity).
     
  16. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The 300wm is a great round. Good on larger game too.
    Muliemaster; Where and when is the BBQ?:D
     
  17. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    Gonna do a big elk bbq in may at the ranch as well as a hog hunt all hunts an food will be donation only as the hogs r feral an the monies will go to help handicap kids on a deer hunt here next year I took out 8 kids this yr 6 of 8 took bucks 1 took a doe an 1 took 2 hogs what a blast to see them kids smile huntin
     
  18. therewolf

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    Expediency comes in so many shapes and sizes.

    I'm reminded of the hunter who went to see his FFL

    at a LGS every year, right before deer season,

    and bought two 30-30 cartridges.

    A new clerk at the store checked with the FFL, who told him

    where the box of 30-30 was from which to draw the requested

    shells, and upon asking the hunter why only two 30-30

    bullets every year, the hunter responded:

    "I've only got two deer tags..."

    IMO, efficiency and practicality in anyone's book.