Originally Posted by albertakid
I have shot several elk with a 308 and 168 grain smk or amax and never had any issues put it where it counts and your good to go no caliber is gonna make a bad shot a good one. Know your limits and shoot accordinly and you ought to have no issues.
Have seen more elk cover country after being shot with fast magnums than I have anything else due to the bullet just penciling through never had that problem with my 308.
That being said I prefer my 338 lapua if the shots are gonna be extended
My gun safe and yours are similar. The 308 is my go to rifle, light weight and carryable but the 338 always goes in the Pelican Storm Case as well.
Sometimes a sledgehammer is necessary when a framing hammer won't cut the mustard.
Last year in NM, we fouled the barrels on the outfitters private range prior to and I pulled out the 338. The outfitter had never seen one close up so I let him touch off a couple. I suspect there is a 338 in his gun cabinet now.
His comment was, "That SOB is loud but it's real manageable'. It's loud. Too bad it's so heavy.