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Unread 06-19-2012, 08:57 PM
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.257 weatherby for elk

Wondering if anyone has used a .257 weatherby for elk, and what were the results. I have one coming and just curious of it's limitations. All feedback will be a big help.
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    Unread 06-19-2012, 09:16 PM
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    Re: .257 weatherby for elk

    Hey Fred,
    I have killed several elk and most of them have been shot with my 25-06. Another favorite rifle of mine is chambered in 25-06AI & I get 257 Weatherby velocities with a 26" barrel. A good friend of mine has hunted all over the world and his go-to rifle is a 257 Weatherby. Choose a proven bullet and go hunting. As always shot placement is what matters.
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    Unread 06-21-2012, 07:14 PM
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    Re: .257 weatherby for elk

    I have only taken 1 elk and it was with my own version of a 25x270 WSM with a 100 grain sierra bt at 425 yards. Dropped in tracks.
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    Unread 06-21-2012, 07:55 PM
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    Re: .257 weatherby for elk

    I'm quite sure a .257 WBY will work for any elk just fine. I've killed 2 with a .243 (spikes 100 yds away) Anyway, get this, I was just reading the Pa. hunting regs. for our Elk hunts, If I'm understanding it right, They say a centerfire rifle with at least 27 cal. that propels a projectile 130 grs. or larger. Does that mean I can't use my .257 WBY. or someone else with a .264 Mag.??? but I could grab a 30-30 or .357 mag. lever action??? I'm not to worried though the drawing is only for a few animals anyway, just thought some of you folks would get a kick out of this
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    Unread 06-21-2012, 09:31 PM
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    Re: .257 weatherby for elk

    I hunt Pa. and have to laugh at some of there laws. Like you can not use a semi rifle but shotgun is okey.
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    Unread 06-28-2012, 04:12 PM
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    Re: .257 weatherby for elk

    I have killed three elk with a 257 Wby but I use an 8 twist 28 inch barrel and I do not poke along at 25-06AI velocities. Bullet selection and placement is critical as in all hunting.
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