Originally Posted by pyroducksx3
I think however I'm sticking with the 7 rem mag for now and here is why... Cost! ;)
I thought the same thing but I wanted a true elk caliber. I do have a 7 Rem Mag among other things, but in my opinion, if you want to shoot long range elk, get a long range elk gun. My cost effective solution was to source a takeoff barrel from a Remington XCR in .338 RUM. A good smith here on the forum sent me a low mileage barrel he had laying around for free. I traded him a Picatinny rail for a Win 70 to cover shipping.
My rifle originally started life as a model 700 30-06 so the bolt face needs to be modded- 100$ barrel screwed on- $100, + dies and reloading supplies, I already have Retumbo for the 7 Mag, so that's what I'll use for the 338. I bought an APS Painkiller for $165ish so that will need to be installed also. All told, if this thing shoots a 10" group at 700yds I'll be happy, for an extremely budget build (outside that PK break.)
10" will kill just about anything I care to at that range including Coues Whitetail.
Yes, this will be my carry/canyon rifle at under 9lbs carry weight and I plan to shoot it at everything.
700yds being my max limit for this gun, I plan to pick the bullet that gives me the best ballistics inside that range. LTLR has me sold on those 225s, but I'm still trying to get over the price. I guess shooting practice will have to come mostly from the 308, 7 mag, and 22s.
Another option is to build a Savage. You can do the smith work yourself.
Anyway, good luck, but if you plan to shoot long range elk, I'd go with an elk gun.