Re: Ideal 1000yd Elk rifle?
I hate to be the guy to put a damper on things, but there a few points that need to be made about .338's before I can give a recommendation. .338 wins don't count. they are "baby" .338's.
1- .338's are expensive. about double the cost of shooting a 7mm rem or smaller and about 30% more than a .300 win. these are both very capable to 800 yards.
2-recoil. 99% of shooters cant shoot a light gun with over 40 lbs. of recoil. that is with a break. I know that you may be thinking "but I can. I've been shooting all my life". I have seen big men that can shoot there guns very well at 100 yards step up to a light .338 (around 10 lbs.) and get stomped. You might be able to, just make sure you can before you step into one. I have only met one person that could step behind a .338 like that.
3- weight- more recoil means you want at least a 10 lbs. gun or more. most guys are between 12-15 lbs.
4-muzzle blast- you NEED a break. plan on always having plugs on hand or an electronic plug in always.
5- THEY KICK ASS!!!- yes you need one, I just wanted to let you know that they are a tough horse to ride, but once you do you wont go back. It almost feels like cheating at times.
So the Weatherbys are very nice, and for 2k you wont get anything better. take your pick of the .338 lapua, .338-.378 or the .340 wby. all 1000 yard elk killers.
I have a Remington XCR in .338 rum that is about half the price, but I put a break on it, and am in the process of opening up the mag well (which cannot be done with the wby). It is well under 10 lbs.
Last edited by angus-5024; 07-05-2013 at 09:36 PM.
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