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Old 05-09-2008, 07:43 PM
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.260 on elk

Hey guys, I've heard from people on here that with the 140 grain Amax or berger, that the .260 Remington is a 1,000 yard deer rifle. What about elk? At what distance would the .260 be effective on elk out to?
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Old 05-09-2008, 08:14 PM
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If not hoping for a lucky "bone free shot" a half of that.

500 yards.

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Old 05-09-2008, 08:37 PM
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500 yards, are you sure of that?
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Old 05-09-2008, 08:53 PM
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The 260 Rem. is just to light for mature bulls in my opinion and at 500 yards the shot would have to be absolutely perfect.
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Old 05-10-2008, 06:56 AM
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I agree the .260 is light

But if a 140/2750/.56BC was used it would have still over 2050fps and 1300fp of energy at 500 yards. Personally I wouldn't use the .260 full stop, but the figures are about the minimum limit what many hunters do use. Is it enough? I don't know for sure as I've never tried it. I know many who would argue, that's plenty.

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Old 05-10-2008, 08:18 AM
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Thanks for the responses guys. Im just trying to figure out what caliber of rifle i want to build. Im trying to decide between the .260 or 300wm. I just liked the idea of the lighter recoil with the .260, but obviously the 300wm would be superior in terms of energy. Thanks again.
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Old 05-10-2008, 10:22 AM
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A mature bull elk can be a tough animal to put down. That being said shot placement is the key. I load the 130gr Accubond in the wife's 6.5X55, but then again she doesn't shoot past 300yards. I'm just in the process of having my .260AI built up and I wouldn't feel undergunned shooting the same bullet out to 500yards, but only if I selected my shot carefully. For example I probably wouldn't have tried the hard 1/4'ng away shot I did last season using my 325WSM which is my prefered rifle when hunting the bigger animals.
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