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Old 08-09-2012, 11:05 PM
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long range elk gun?

Currently I have a savage 110 in a stockade prairie dog special chambered in 6.5 284 and I'm thinking I want something a little bigger for long range elk hunting. I would like a prefit barrel and I'm open to suggestions on caliber length or anything else you guys might think of. Right now I'm considering a mcgowen pre fit 300 win mag 28 inch varmint contour. Any suggestions from anyone with expirience would be appreciated.
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Currently I have a savage 110 in a stockade prairie dog special chambered in 6.5 284 and I'm thinking I want something a little bigger for long range elk hunting. I would like a prefit barrel and I'm open to suggestions on caliber length or anything else you guys might think of. Right now I'm considering a mcgowen pre fit 300 win mag 28 inch varmint contour. Any suggestions from anyone with expirience would be appreciated.
Realistically how far will you be comfortable and capable of shooting?

Personally I'd say the 6.5 is more than adequate to at least 600yds IF you can put it where you want it consistently.

The .300wm, more than capable to 800yds with the right bullet IF you can put it where it needs to be.
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Old 08-10-2012, 06:22 AM
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Re: long range elk gun?

300WM, 300 RUM, with the 210 or bigger Berger bullet. I like Lothar Walther barrels. Very rigid and very accurate. They use a German made 550 Stainless which is stronger and wears better than the 416 Stainless used in the U.S. However, Criterion, and McGowen are some great barrel options too. From my understanding, Criterion is the supplier of barrels for U.S. Sniper rifles. Hope this helps in your decision.

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Re: long range elk gun?

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Currently I have a savage 110 in a stockade prairie dog special chambered in 6.5 284 and I'm thinking I want something a little bigger for long range elk hunting. I would like a prefit barrel and I'm open to suggestions on caliber length or anything else you guys might think of. Right now I'm considering a mcgowen pre fit 300 win mag 28 inch varmint contour. Any suggestions from anyone with expirience would be appreciated.
I would not recommend anything larger then the belted magnum case if your going with a Savage receiver. The 300 win is a great chambering but I would recommend you keep ranges under 1/2 mile on elk. If you want to push out to 1K, I would recommend stepping out to a belted magnum in 338 cal. The 338 Win Mag or 340 Wby would be better for longer ranges simply because of their larger frontal area bullets and heavier weights.

Now I know some will say you do not NEED this large of chamberings if all goes right, thats true but if things do not go perfectly, a small round will not get the work done whereas the larger chamberings will likely get you out of a tight spot better. Now if you make a bad shot nothing will help you other then pure luck but with shot placement on the fringes which often happens at long range, there is no disputing that a larger caliber bullet will help get the job done better then a smaller, lighter bullet.
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Re: long range elk gun?

Realistically a half mile would be about as far as I feel I could make an ethical shot on a game animal. I do shoot steel with my 6.5 284 and my 308 out to 1k but I don't quite have the confidence to start shooting animals out there yet. Thanks for the input guys.
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Realistically a half mile would be about as far as I feel I could make an ethical shot on a game animal. I do shoot steel with my 6.5 284 and my 308 out to 1k but I don't quite have the confidence to start shooting animals out there yet. Thanks for the input guys.
300wm or 300Rum will get you there with power to spare and if the rig is put together right with a decent muzzle brake recoil is no problem whatsoever.

Even with my M70 classic (not featherweight) the 300wm is a pleasure to shoot. I'm adding a MB solely because I like to see my impacts at any range, but it's extremely tolerable to shoot even without it using the 165's and 180's and it's only about a 7lbs rig fully loaded and scoped.

I have the 300 Rum in an Sendero II model with the Gentry QB on it and even my 87lbs niece shoots it without complaint.
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Re: long range elk gun?

Heck, if your only going to go half mile, then you could get away with a short magnum of your choice. The 7WSM, 7SAUM, 300 RCM, and 300WSM with any of the Berger hunting bullets will fit the bill. The 7WSM and SAUM will sling the 168 and 180 with authority. The 300WSM and RCM will shoot the 185-215 very well also. One I haven't mentioned which will do very well is the 270WSM. Berger and Matrix bullets make a high BC .277 caliber bullet now. One guy on here dropped an Elk at 850+ with his WSM (bigngreen I believe who it was). So there are some smaller option w/o having to use a big magnum.
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