My favorite elk rifle is my Remington 700 LSS in .300 RUM. I load the 200g Accubond with 92g of H-1000 and has shot 1.5" 3 shot group at 525 yards. I shot my 5x6 bull with it last year at 512 yards. My first shot hit right behind the shoulder, he went up the hill and stopped facing away, I put the cross hairs on his back and shot but missed. That sent him back down to where I first hit him and he stood broadside one last time before that 200g Accubond took out his shoulder. Let me tell you that with two shots with one connecting solid shoulder bone and leaving good size exit holes, there was not much edible meat left on the front half of this elk. This rifle was bought strictly for longer range shots on deer, elk, and bears out to 800 yards with good conditions where it has given me 3.5" and 4" groups off a bench. With my Leupold base/rings and the new VX2, 6-18, Target scope, it weighs 8.75lbs. I carry it up and down the cascade mountain canyons for elk/bears all day long. I've only owned this rifle for about 6 months, but I got it in time for deer, bear and elk season. I shot my buck, and a record book bear, and my bull with it. I also shot a coyote at 804 yards which is my longest kill to date. It has not let me down yet. I have shot 2 other spike bulls and 1 cow however and that was with my old Ruger S/S .300 Win Mag that I sold. I have killed 4 elk out of the 6 years I've been able to hunt them, I'm only 18. I suspect my .300 RUM will account for about a good 36 more throughout my lifetime.
My elk rifle is a .300 Jarrett. It was built by Steve Branham, Bear Arms, of Jackson, SC. It consists of a trued Rem 700 LA with Sako extractor, 24" Pac Nor #4 taper barrel with brake, McMillan pillar bedded stock in an old Griffen and Howe configuration, that I no longer see listed by them, tuned trigger set at 2.5#, topped with an IOR 2.5x10 MP8. Set up this way it weighs 8.5 lbs. According to the load data sent with the rifle i'm getting a hair over 3000 fps with 200 gr. sierra gamekings and 78 gr RL22. This is a max load, a bit hot when air temps are over 70. It shoots more accurately than I can, as far as I can tell. When shooting at my best with this rifle I shoot around .5 at 100 yds with 200 gr Matchkings. Game kings shoot consistently at 1". I'm going to Accubonds this year as the gamekings regularly blow up, leaving no exit wound on shots around 100 yds, the range at which most of my elk seem to show up. I shot one last year at 300 or so. Good bullet performance there with the gameking. I also shot a turkey right at 300 yds with this rifle. Hit him at the base of the neck, intentionally. Don't ask about the luck factor on that shot please! With practice, I'm comfortable shooting elk out to 500 yds with this rifle. I've shot seven elk so far with this rifle, and 37 overall.
My new one for this year is a 300wsm with a Broughton #4 barrel and McMillian stock,3.5x10 leupold scope weight 9.5 lbs back up #1 30-338,3x9 leupold scope weight 9 1/4 lbs. Other rifle for elk and deer, Rem 700 30-338,3x9 leupold weight 10 lbs,#1 factory 300wby, 3x9 leupold, 9 3/4 lbs,30-378 wby factory, 3.5x10 leupold, 10 1/2 lbs. I hunt some open country so shots can be in the 500 yd range have taken afew a bit longer. I normally hunt country that you either have to walk in or go on horseback so don't get alot of hunters in (seems nowadays they cann't get away from there atv's). I've been hunting this area since the 70's. Some years do real good and others not so. Since our season are pretty short in Co I hunt the first only bulls and second for buck and if drawn the late for cow elk. I got my buck last year but missed on the cow and seen alot of bulls right up fri before the season started and then never saw another live bull till the late cow hunt. I'm up at 2/3 in the morning and gone and sometimes back in at dark so I like to walk and I like to hunt alone. Year before was a good one got a real nice 6x6 bull,4pt buck plus late season cow, cow was easy to get out but had to pack the bull out as with the buck. Since I'm in my 60's so had alittle more time at this I'm 30 plus for elk and 50 plus on buck and of those buck two were record book but I didn't put them in just waiting for the real big one. I wish everyone good luck in the coming year!
My best elk rifle is my custom 98 Mauser built by Dennis Erhardt in 9.3 Dakota. It has a Blackburn box so it holds 4 down and a 25" Kreiger barrel topped with a 3x10 Swarovski. It'll shoot a 250 North Fork bullet into .242" (that was a good day [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]) @3050fps. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]