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Old 12-07-2005, 08:00 AM
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Re: Carry gun for elk

Hmmm, just exactly what I am in the process of building.

Rem 700 SPS (black matte) in 300 WSM cost $439 and weight is 7 3/8 lbs. Already have it.

Going to either a High tech stock (20 0z) from Brownells for $152 wholesale for dealers or Hunter Ed instrucors/$210 retail. :Note barrel on the SPS is 24" not 26"

or Bruce Baer custom thumbhole in nutmeg around 2 lbs.

Scope will be a Kahles 3-10 or 3-9 with TDS reticle (cost $725) and weight is 14 oz

Talley rings and base (2-4 oz)

BH
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Old 12-07-2005, 10:16 AM
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Re: Carry gun for elk

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IMO....a man hasn't lived UNTIL he's sat on top of a mountain and observed the GLORY THAT GOD HATH MADE before his eyes!!

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AMEN, Sir!!! I used to ROCK CLIMB, and at my dad's and my last guided elk hunt the guide told me that he wanted me "right there on the edge of that rock outcropping, pointing at it at a distance of about 800 yards. Not necessarily being afraid of falling, I walked around the back edge of the hill, coming in on the backside. Then I started "butt-sliding" up to the edge with my boot heels on the edge of the clift, and leaned against a scrub. I loved it. I was at so much PEACE, with that wind coming up the valley, looking at all the Evergreens, just eating my lunch and keeping my rifle handy. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

About three hours later, my guide sneeked up on me only to tell me "Good Lord, man are you nuts?!?" [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img] I told him that he did say he wanted me on the edge. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Lord willing I will make it back within the next year or two......I need some serious destressing! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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Old 12-07-2005, 12:51 PM
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Re: Carry gun for elk

My Elk rifle is a custom jobby. .340Wby on a Rem 700 action. Bansner Stock, 3 position safety, 24" Lilja #2 barrel, muzzlebreak. It currently wears a 4-12x50 Swarovski scope with the TDS reticle. Scoped and ready to hunt it weighs in right at 7lbs.. I love this rifle. Its deadly accurate out to 600yds (farthest I've practiced)

What you've described would be an excellent elk rifle. Get it shoot it alot and have a great time and hopefully you'll get an elk as well. Good luck to you
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Old 12-07-2005, 05:08 PM
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Re: Carry gun for elk

I am 50 years old and not in the best of shape. My elk rifle weighs in at 12 pounds with scope and sling. I tried the light weight mountain gun route, but I just can't shoot those light, whippy, poodle shooters as well as a heavy stable rifle. I just slow down and take my time. BTW, since I started not rushing around the mountains, my success rate has gone up. I look at like this, if I can't pack a 12 pound rifle in, I sure can't get an 800 pound bull out. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 12-07-2005, 07:10 PM
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Re: Carry gun for elk

When I was younger packing a 13lb rifle wasn't too bad now that I'm 63 around 9 1/2 to 10lbs is all I want to pack. We normally walk back in around 4miles if it's a guided hunt you will have help but if not have to pack it out I really don't like to pack alot of gear hunting. It funny you mentioned 5lb rifle I'm looking at a Ultralight Arms rifle fun to have one of those be nice to cut 2lbs off the rifle and if it doesn't work well! I start walking the mtn in the summer to get in shape and I find every year those hills for some reason get alittle steeper I keep trying to figure out how they do that! Guys got to carry what feels good and he can shoot. I hate to say this but if looking for a good 500yd elk rifle I'd be looking at a 300wby or 300rum I own both I also shoot a custom 30-338mag and 300mag. I've just put my custom 300wsm up for sale I tried it as a factory rifle then had it all redone from stock up then got a T-3 300wsm and again I just didn't have good luck with either in fact I didn't hunt with them. Over the years I found sometimes better to have alittle more gun than what you think you need. Well good luck.
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Old 12-07-2005, 08:53 PM
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Re: Carry gun for elk

So my guess of 12lb doesn't seem to be far off. I think I'll stick with 300 WSM though...I've been near 300 RUMs going off, and it did not appear to be a round I could ENJOY shooting any real amount.
The way I look at it, a lot of elk died before the 300 RUM was invented. I'm not going for 800 yds so I should be ok...bullet choice would have a bigger impact IMO.
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Old 02-06-2008, 11:53 AM
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I have had good luck with the 300WSM. Not really much different than the 300 WM in general performance (unless you hand load) but you can get a more compact rifle with more bullet choices.
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