Elk/Mule Deer combo rifle

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by longshot, Oct 28, 2007.

  1. longshot

    longshot New Member

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    I'm planning on a Elk/Mule Deer hunt next fall in Colorado and I'm looking for suggestions on a new caliber that would be suitable for both. I currently use a .270 Win for deer here in Nebraska but would like something with a little more punch. Any suggestions?
     
  2. rev-arb

    rev-arb New Member

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    A .270 certainly work fro that application. If you are looking for punch and good ballistics somthing in a .30 might better suit you. 300 Win Mag is certainly popular out here for both mule deer and elk. Like in my previous thread I am picking up a 7mm Rem Mag for the same type of hunting.
     

  3. Bidah

    Bidah New Member

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    No new caliber needed, unless you just want one. The venerable .270 is a very popular round used for Mule Deer and Elk around here. As always, make sure that you get in plenty of practice so you know you can make that shot. I also would suggest that you get the best premium bullet that you can in the best load that works in your rifle.

    -Bidah
     
  4. rickrem700

    rickrem700 New Member

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    Elk/Mule Deer.

    The .270 will take care of both critters, the only thing I can think you are wanting to do is inprove your game taking range, the .270 is already a very flat shooter, you could step it up to a 7/mag, or a 300/winmag, I really am a huge fan of the 300 ULTRA MAG in my own personal opinion I think it is the most do all round out there, now that they have come out with the power level ammo, stag 1, 300 ultra mag, stage 2, 30-06, stage 3, .308 All from the same gun, what more could you ask for three of the worlds most popular rounds, in one gun, and all the hand loading is done for you, this round fills a huge gap on the higher end of the high powered 30 cal, for me this is an no brainer, Hands down the 300 ULTRA MAG is king of the 30 cal world, yes it is a little on the salty side but for hunting perposes it should not drain you to badly, the 300 ULTRA MAG is not a round that you want to sit at the range with all day long anyways, Its recoile is less than pleasent, to use as a shooter. Hope this helps.
     
  5. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    .270 has got to be the most versatile round there is. My dad took many deer and elk with his Winchester .270. All but a few were quick, clean kills.
     
  6. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Nothing wrong with your gun/caliber. Go with a heavy bullet of good construction such as the Nosler partition or Winchester C/T failsafe and you will have no problems.
    Unless you are looking for an excuse, er reason to buy a new gun. I would say .300WM. Hard to beat it. Ammo is more available than some of the newer short/ultra mags.
     
  7. longshot

    longshot New Member

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    I'm always looking for an excuse to buy a new rifle, who isn't? I've spent over a decade behind my .270. This will be my first out of state hunt, so why not start it off right, with a new rifle.
     
  8. Chuck

    Chuck New Member

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    Uncle Sam had me in Wyoming 20 years ago. I got my first mule deer with a 30-06 and did the rest of my hunting toting around a M-1A. It was heavy but did the trick.
     
  9. Bidah

    Bidah New Member

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    If you have spent that much time with it, then I would say that IS your best choice. Get a new one, but take the .270 as primary and the new one as backup.. :)

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  10. mtnscout

    mtnscout New Member

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    I've hunted mule deer and elk here in colorado for over twenty years and I prefer the 30-06 but it's really about what you feel confident shooting. The .270 is a fine round and if you're not sure of your bullet placement get a little closer. The high mountain meadows sometimes require a shot out to 3 or 4 hundred yards but there's been a time or too that the only thing I've seen was even farther out and a good .300 mag would have been the ticket. It always boils down to the accurate well placed shot and that's going to be the rifle you have shot enough to trust. If you want the new rifle, buy it and shoot it enough to have faith in that shot at the once in a lifetime memory. And good luck on your hunt!;)
     
  11. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    I would say that the 270 is a little on the small side for elk at 300 -400 yards. ( I am not saying it is a bad round) I would go with something with a little more down range energy 300 win mag or 300 wsm (If you like them short fat dumpy looking things) I would try to go with something that you can get ammo for just about anywhere you never know what might happen on the trip there. If you hand load I would work up a good hunting load with a 180 to 200gr bullet. Then I wouls also find a factory load that will shot the best in my rifle that way I am not going to be unknown to the factory ammo I am shooting if I happen to lose of my handloads get damaged in any way.

    You could always go with a 7mm mag or a 7mm STW (Shooting Times Westerner). Now that aby shoots like a laser beam lots of speed and flat shooting for 400+ yard shots.
     
  12. kyrifleman0714

    kyrifleman0714 New Member

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    Your .270 is quite capable and let me just show you indeed how much it is: 140gr Hornady soft-point light magnum: muzzle velocity: 3100: muzzle energy: 2967 :: 300 yard velocity: 2508: 300 yard energy: 1955:: That load is enough to down the biggest meanest bull elk you'll ever encounter at 300 yards or 400 yards or 500 yards. I would estimate the MPBR (+/- 3") for that particular load shot through a 24 inch barrel is right around 325 yards.