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Unread 01-20-2013, 11:14 AM
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Another elk rifle?

We are going on a elk hunt next year and I am looking to increase my rifle collection. I already have a 300 wm in brownig a-bolt (sub min groups), a 270wsm x-bolt (.5 min groups), and a 257 wthby (.5 min groups). I am leaning towards the savage lrh in 6.5x284 or the sav predator hunter. It will mainly be used as a backup gun and for extending my long range shooting to 800yds. I know its not the perfect elk calliber, but it could be a back up. It will mainly used on paper for lr. Any and all comments on callibers and rifles would be appreciated. Oh and would like to stay under 1k on rifle.
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    Re: Another elk rifle?

    the only one of those that is a "good" elk rifle is the 300. the 270wsm is alright, the smaller ones not that great especially at longer ranges.. sure it can be done but not reliably unless you hit it just right. all are great rifles, but if part of the intended use is elk id get a 338 or something.. maybe even a 7mm. Just make sure you use good bullets like partitions, accubonds, barnes etc...
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    Re: Another elk rifle?

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    the only one of those that is a "good" elk rifle is the 300. the 270wsm is alright, the smaller ones not that great especially at longer ranges.. sure it can be done but not reliably unless you hit it just right. all are great rifles, but if part of the intended use is elk id get a 338 or something.. maybe even a 7mm. Just make sure you use good bullets like partitions, accubonds, barnes etc...
    What Tikkamike says. I love my 6.5's, but I don't think of any of them as an elk rifle. You could go with a 7mmRM in the Savage, but I don't think you would gain a lot over your WSM.

    If you want to go somewhere from a 300 magnum, I would say step UP to a .338 or a .375 (if you can handle one) rather than down.
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    What Tikkamike says. I love my 6.5's, but I don't think of any of them as an elk rifle. You could go with a 7mmRM in the Savage, but I don't think you would gain a lot over your WSM.

    If you want to go somewhere from a 300 magnum, I would say step UP to a .338 or a .375 (if you can handle one) rather than down.
    I agree the 375's (ruger, h&h, ultra etc) are all in the realm of "ultimate" elk rifles
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    Re: Another elk rifle?

    I would use your 300 win and have the .270 WSM as a back up.
    If your looking to buy an "elk rifle" the ultimate is a .338 RUM/Lapua/Norma, with the .375 RUM hanging in there too.
    The M700 XCR will run you under 1k and it comes in both the .338 RUM and the .375 RUM. You may break your budget after the brake goes on (you'll probably want on).
    The other option is the .300 RUM, but its so close to the .300 win that since you already have an A-bolt in the Winny, I would'nt mess with the RUm.
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    Re: Another elk rifle?

    Think you guys for your replies. Have any of you heard of the 300 bear magnum as a Calaber? I guess I need to go larger like a 338, assuming they should have a muzzle brake on them.
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    Re: Another elk rifle?

    I do have a 30-06 in a rem 700 also. Would that be a better back up gun? How about the 6.5x284 in the rifles I mentioned above for paper shooting? Is the 6.5x284 a good target calliber? Or do you prefer others? I'm sure everybody has favorites, but is this what alot of shooters are going with?
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