Originally Posted by kirbymcrae
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!