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Old 04-01-2014, 05:41 AM
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Re: 30.06 plenty gun for elk?

I personally think it can be done with a .243. I'm more and more impressed by my .243 every deer season.
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:27 AM
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Re: 30.06 plenty gun for elk?

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I personally think it can be done with a .243. I'm more and more impressed by my .243 every deer season.

***Geez, you could also slip in and beat that bull over the head with a ballbat if you want a real challenge, LOL! Have you ever killed an elk or even hunted them to see how big they are and the punishment they can take when using improper equipment? Hit them with a caliber and bullet designed for the job and that is not the .243. As good as it is for smaller animals, it was not designed for a 700# elk, no matter how many stunt videos you watch like Joseph put up with John Burns touting his equipment. Every time I see that video or hear it mentioned I'd like to take that rifle and wrap it around his neck. That young girl had never shot a big game animal and had never even pulled the trigger on that rifle until the long shot on that cow! It was nothing but a stunt that should never have been filmed, especially with a person that had never even shot the gun before.
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:44 AM
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Re: 30.06 plenty gun for elk?

Any deer that I took with my .243, went bang-flop. They just fall over dead. My last deer with .243, I used the cheapest ammo from walmart. Massive exit wound.

Opposing this view, I have heard countless stories of deer that have been hit with .30-06 or 12 ga slugs, and they run for miles.

Although I'm no expert, they say it's the shock of the .243 that makes it so effective. Maybe it's the velocity, I don't know. All I know is I have 100% confidence in my .243

Maybe a bullet expert can chime in and explain it.
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Old 04-01-2014, 08:05 AM
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Re: 30.06 plenty gun for elk?

I have killed at least 50 white tail deer with my .243 reloaded with Sierra 85 grain HPBT Game King bullets and every one of them have died before their knees buckled. This combination and good bullet placement is devastating.

joseph

PS: I haver never hunted for elk or moose even though a friend of mine killed a 68" + (?) moose. His moose rifle stock got broken so he used his .243 wolf gun and shot the moose in the neck and it dropped in its tracks.
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Old 04-01-2014, 08:19 AM
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Re: 30.06 plenty gun for elk?

Exactly as I figured! Neither of you have hunted elk and are talking how great the .243 is on deer, which I agree 100%. However, you cannot equate an animal like an elk or moose that is several times and more the body size of a deer! I have a .243 Sako that's a tack driver, as well as a MOA Ruger 25-06 and they are both great for animals up through deer-sized game. However, they both stay in the safes and the 30-06s go on all the elk hunts. Why handicap yourself with a caliber that was not made for an animal the size of an elk or moose and risk a wounding shot and a lost animal?! The blur and his opposing view about a 30-06 or slug and an animal running for miles is a lame one because they won't go far, if anywhere, when hit through the vitals. A bad hit with them just because they're bigger doesn't mean the animal will be DRT!
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Old 04-01-2014, 08:25 AM
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Re: 30.06 plenty gun for elk?

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Exactly as I figured! Neither of you have hunted elk and are taliing how great the .243 is on deer, which I agree 100%. However, you cannot equate and animal like an elk or moose that is several times or more the body size of a deer. I have a .243 Sako that's a tack driver, as well as a MOA Ruger 25-06 and they are both great for animals up through deer-sized game. However, they both stay in the safes and the 30-06s go on all the elk hunts. Why handicap yourself with a caliber that was not made for an animal the size of an elk or moose and risk wounding and a lost animal?!
I never said that I would shoot an elk with a .243 I just posted the video to show that it was possible. If I ever get a chance to hunt elk I would use my -06 also.

joseph
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Old 04-01-2014, 08:44 AM
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Re: 30.06 plenty gun for elk?

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I personally think it can be done with a .243. I'm more and more impressed by my .243 every deer season.
The 30-06 is much better for elk. i have shot 8 and guided other hunters to nearly 40. That includes a bunch shot with the 30-06. I like the .243 it is an accurate and deadly round. concerning the two taken with a .243, it was lucky we recovered them . It is WAY less than optimal.
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