Originally Posted by Lead_Farmer
Hi i am new and woundering what cartridges out there are good for 1000yd shots and beyond for hunting Elk.
1: Easily available
2: Not alot of recoil
Want to make a Customs Stevens 200 for this but i will need help on action choice fro the caliber and which one of the rifles you would convert.
Well for what its worth I think it can be done, but things you are going to have to consider. A long action will be a must. I saw that you have access to a 300 Win. Mag. This will be a great starter caliber. I would suggest that you look into a muzzle break. As far as barrel manufacturer, there are many to choose from. Most used on this site are Hart, Brux, Lilja, Broughten and Shilen. There a few more that are slipping my mind at the moment.
You will want to look into an aftermarket stock such as the Bell & Carlson, Manners, Choate, and McMillian. The B&C and Choate are going to be your lesser priced stocks, but offer a superior upgrade to the factory stock. They can be had for $150 to $300. Like poppy said, triggers are a ford vs chevy thing. Timney, and rifle basix are good triggers to look into. Good muzzle breaks to consider are, JP brakes, Vias breaks, APS from Kirby (recommended), muscle break (recommended), and one made by Shawn Carlock of defensive edge (recommended) that the name eludes me right now.
I am an avid fan of the 300 mags. It is my opinion that with the right set up and load the 300 Win Mag can be a legitimate 1K to 1200yrd elk rifle. It will allow you to push a 208 A-Max or 210 grn bullet to 3000 plus feet per second. This coupled with the altitude that elk are generally harvested will allow you to use this caliber.
Another caliber option that will work well and a little more suitable would be the 300RUM and 338RUM. The 300 RUM will run 210grn bullets up to 3200fps and the 338 will push a 300 SMK to 2850+ which both are plenty to take elk at distance with. These will have more recoil, but will allow you to handle it well with a good muzzle break installed. At those distances you will have time to put on hearing protection so the break doesn't blow your ear drums.
Those are my thoughts, so take it for what its worth. I am a huge Savage fan. I think that the Mod 111 Long Range Hunter in either 338 Win Mag or 300 Win Mag would be a great purchase in place of the Stevens. Make sure you show us pictures when you are done with your project.
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