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Old 05-29-2013, 05:31 PM
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Probably overthinking things....

I think i am over-thinking things. I want a good rifle for deer/antelope/etc, but also want to be equipped should i draw an elk tag - never been elk hunting before.

I've got a 280 being built by Darrell Holland but could change that to a 280AI, or buy a 300 mag in addition, or just use the 280 for elk. Other option is to spend less on a factory Remington 300 mag and get it trued up and/or barrel and/or stock.

Knowing that guns last a long time, I have thought about two guns. But at the same time, how often will I use the 300 mag - probably only on elk trips, i.e. once every few years.

What sayeth the hive?
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:47 PM
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Re: Probably overthinking things....

Regardless of what you decide, I would still change the .280 to a .280 AI no matter what. Just my $0.02....
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:51 PM
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Re: Probably overthinking things....

You could easily use the 280 for elk, just not at really long ranges. You could also go the opposite route and use a 300WM or 300RUM on deer, antelope, AND elk and just get that (or a 7MAG, 7STW, 7RUM, etc). Just another thought...
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:54 PM
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Re: Probably overthinking things....

If I had to pick only one caliber to do it all short of vermin It would be some kind of 30 cal mag, I mean hell your not under gunned for any thing on the north american continent with a 300 mag of sorts and you can down load to comfortable levels for casual shooting and predator huntimg while pushing a 230 grain berger past the 1k mark . A good breake will make it feel like a 270 with the heaviest loads.

I have a 260 for my whitetail and range gun but the 338 rum is the new elk hammer and with the break is very pleasent to shoot.
I am looking for a 300 win mag for my next rifle in a light weight mtn configuration . what ever you choose practice often.
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:44 PM
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Re: Probably overthinking things....

If I was allowed only 1 rifle to hunt N. America, in any caliber of my choice, it would be a Rem 700 Sendero (26") 7Mag, topped with a NF 5.5-22x56 MOAR scope.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:48 PM
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I think i am over-thinking things. I want a good rifle for deer/antelope/etc, but also want to be equipped should i draw an elk tag - never been elk hunting before.

I've got a 280 being built by Darrell Holland but could change that to a 280AI, or buy a 300 mag in addition, or just use the 280 for elk. Other option is to spend less on a factory Remington 300 mag and get it trued up and/or barrel and/or stock.

Knowing that guns last a long time, I have thought about two guns. But at the same time, how often will I use the 300 mag - probably only on elk trips, i.e. once every few years.

What sayeth the hive?
Your fine, you'll be way better of shooting the heck out of the 280 and kill everything with it than you will be all of the sudden throwing in a rifle you don't shoot as much. I've never ran into an elk that did not die when a 270,280,300 or 243 was used in it's effective range by someone who knew their rifle
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Your fine, you'll be way better of shooting the heck out of the 280 and kill everything with it than you will be all of the sudden throwing in a rifle you don't shoot as much. I've never ran into an elk that did not die when a 270,280,300 or 243 was used in it's effective range by someone who knew their rifle
Your absolutely right! I just tend to think in terms of max range or getting as much as possible .
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