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Old 01-05-2014, 03:48 PM
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encore Vs bolt action for elk hunting

First post, long time reader.

Just a general question. I have an encore in 300 mag that shoots great with handloads. She has .25 in of freebore and I can seat the bullets long. Accuracy is 1.25-1.5" at 200. This hot load is with a 200 accubond and H1000.
I also have a .308 in a bolt action that shoots 1.4" at 200 with 165 SST and varget. Of course I'll change the bullet for elk if I go that route.

I'm going to Colorado in 2015 for my first elk hunt and would like an opinion on if a bolt action would provide any real benefit. I'd like to take the encore as the 300 has more authority.

Thoughts?
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:08 PM
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Re: encore Vs bolt action for elk hunting

A lot depends on what kind of 'hunting' you will be doing. If it will pretty much all be long range with no need for a quick follow up shot, you will be fine. However, if there could be the need for a follow up shot, you might want to think twice. You could always bring both and just pick one based on how you are hunting that day.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:51 PM
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Re: encore Vs bolt action for elk hunting

I have an encore in 7-08 that shoots great and shot two whitetails that dropped within a few feet of each other. Quick follow up shots are possible just keep a bullet in your hand if you are stalking in on an elk.
You couldn't pay me enough to down grade from a 300 win mag and 200gr. Accubond to a 308. If you can shoot the 300 well then stick with it. The encore is probably lighter than the bolt action for packing in the mountains.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:01 PM
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Re: encore Vs bolt action for elk hunting

I used to shoot Ruger number one's and was as fast as anyone can be at reloading a single shot. If I were going elk hunting at any range I would take a repeater of some sort because the need for follow up shots is very high. Your 300wm is more than accurate enough for the job but I still would go with a repeater in the same caliber.

If you want to stick with Thompson they now make a repeating bolt action what is reputed to be very accurate.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:10 PM
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Re: encore Vs bolt action for elk hunting

I haven't loaded a magazine in years. A good precision rifle is all you need if you know when to shoot or not. Now most of our shots are in the 400 to 800 yard range. But we take some under 200 as well. I just toss the follow up round on the ground bolt side when prone. Granted the encore will be a little slower to load but if I had confidence in its accuracy I would have no concerns in taking it. We took 8 Bulls this season single feeding.

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Old 01-05-2014, 11:19 PM
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Re: encore Vs bolt action for elk hunting

For me the .300 sells itself, a single shot isn't a handicap.

I have 0 experience using an Encore, I can't recall even handling one so this is truly a question not a statement. How well do they hold up in the field? Do they travel well? In and out of scabbard, inclement weather, a different environment than home, basically the rigors of an elk hunt?
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:05 AM
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Re: encore Vs bolt action for elk hunting

I second the Encore, I've killed a lot of bulls with one......as a muzzleloader, some take follow ups and you can certainly load than 300WM faster than I can stuff one done the tube

It's more about good first round shot placement than about the number if hits on hair.

Good luck in 2015!
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