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Old 12-05-2005, 07:21 PM
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Carry gun for elk

The wife is giving me an elk hunt for Christmas. Sounds like a good excuse to buy a new gun. I've done primarily muzzleloading, so please excuse some ignorant questions.
I've decided on 300 WSM. I've always liked the Rem700 action, and all signs are they're accurate, so that's the combo I want (is there a better action?).
This is where I get fuzzy. My buddy has a VLS in 308 and it's nice and stable. But I wonder what I should want to lug around the mountains. What's considered a good weight for this purpose? I'm willing to add an extra couple lbs onto this number as I'm in considerably better aerobic shape than average (ie, can run 2+ hours at 5:40/mile) and so not concerned with getting around at altitude. I want something I can enjoy shooting too, not some 5lb short-barreled mtn gun than will knock my shoulder off.
Any advice on how to set such a gun up would be appreciated. I'm looking at 500yd capability or so.
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Old 12-05-2005, 07:25 PM
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Re: Carry gun for elk

Do a search for 7 WSM LSR. If you are going to have a gun built that is. If not, check out Remington M700 LSS in 300 WSM. M700 LSS

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Old 12-05-2005, 09:50 PM
 
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How bout this 'un? Only 16#!

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/mulher...pg&.src=ph

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Oh...and as for that "great shape" you're in! Forget it! When you leave the flatlands and go to 9000'....you'll know it! That's where SUPERMAN took his initial training and he had a hard time up there!! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 12-05-2005, 11:07 PM
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Re: Carry gun for elk

I went on one this fall in Utah. Used a Browning A bolt Medalion. Have a Leupold 4x14x40 30mm with Boone and Crocket plex. I worked up a load during summer to match plex and was comfortable out to 600 yds. Took a nice 360 class bull at 450yds -one shot. I don't claim to be an expert but did a nice job for me. Most of it is shot placement and practice in my opinion. Hard to squeeze a tight shot when your puffing for air so physical shape is also important. I live in Utah so used to altitude but definitely a factor if not used to that. Hope you get that 400 class bull!
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Old 12-06-2005, 08:46 AM
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http://www.remington.com/products/fi..._Stainless.asp

Stainless 26 inch.
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Don't like them stainless rifles! They'd shine like a "diamond in a Billygoats arse" in bright light!! Them elks would cross the divide iffen they caught that reflection!! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 12-06-2005, 12:19 PM
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Re: Carry gun for elk

RMulhern, that's a nice gun though 16# is a bit heavy and I think I'd like a scope for this hunt! And trust me, even coming from the flatlands a nationally-competitive runner can climb with a native any day. I've been to altitude before, and while my heartrate goes up a bit exertion is not an issue unless I'm trying to run the elk down.

I like the looks of the 700 SPS, Budlight. But the site doesn't list the 300 WSM as one of the option...is their listing incomplete? The available calibers for all of the 700s looks a lot sparser than I would expect.

Thanks everyone.
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