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Old 10-23-2010, 02:54 PM
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Best deer and elk cartridge

Hi all,

I want to know what your opinions on what is the best cartridge to take both deer and elk at 100 to 500 yards. I will also be hunting moose and bear occasional but most likely from a closer range.

I am also looking at a cooper rifle. Any opinions on them, good or bad?
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Old 10-23-2010, 03:37 PM
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Re: Best deer and elk cartridge

338 winchester
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Old 10-23-2010, 04:05 PM
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Re: Best deer and elk cartridge

Any 300 mag including the 300wsm or something in the 338 family bigger than 338 Federal- (338-06 or better IMO).
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Old 10-23-2010, 04:45 PM
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I agree with winmag, belted 30s, or 338.
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:31 PM
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Re: Best deer and elk cartridge

one more time; a .338-06AI. Has 85% of the powder the .338 mag has with 65% of the felt recoil. Will soon become a standard loading in Savage and Weatherby rifles (not the Ackley case but the standard case). The standard .338-06 will push a 250 grain bullet about 150 fps slower than the .338mag. There's just nothing much out there that's ever gonna feel the difference except your shoulder and wallet.
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:36 PM
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Re: Best deer and elk cartridge

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Hi all,

I want to know what your opinions on what is the best cartridge to take both deer and elk at 100 to 500 yards. I will also be hunting moose and bear occasional but most likely from a closer range.

I am also looking at a cooper rifle. Any opinions on them, good or bad?
I have taken a lot of deer and elk out to 400 yards with a 165gr bullet in a 30-06. So if shot placement is good any of the magnum 30's or .338's would be fine. .338's, and even the big magnum 30's, aren't a lot of fun to shoot in a carry weight rifle so pick wisely the weight and cartridge so you have an acceptable blend of killing power and shootabiity. (That's got to be a word right! )

I have been getting a real kick lately out of watching TV hunters shoot their rifles. Especially the slow motion shows how bad the flinch and anticipation of the shot is. Pick a cartridge you can handle first then find the best bullet for the job and you will be good to go!

Rant officially over!
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Old 10-23-2010, 06:32 PM
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Hi all,

I want to know what your opinions on what is the best cartridge to take both deer and elk at 100 to 500 yards. I will also be hunting moose and bear occasional but most likely from a closer range.

I am also looking at a cooper rifle. Any opinions on them, good or bad?
30.06/180 bullet. I have a really accurate load with a 185 VLD
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