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Unread 02-05-2010, 08:07 PM
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460 wby "ok for Elk"???

I plan on buying a 460 wyb this summer or winter and i was thinking maybe i could use it on elk?I know it's for elephants but elk aint no little thing like a deer.
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    Unread 02-05-2010, 11:15 PM
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    Re: 460 wby "ok for Elk"???

    99.6 ft lbs recoil in a 11.25 rifle, Brutal ...........I am sure it would work but I would find it FAR less than desirable , expensive to shoot ," long range"= forget about it, what ever flips you trigger (pun intended) Definitely not for me, I can think of at least a hundred different and more practical calibers for elk. Good luck
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    Re: 460 wby "ok for Elk"???

    Is your main purpose for a 460 Weatherby something else...like hunting alot of African large and dangerous game and just as a sidenote shooting Elk with it. If so then I suppose it would make sense to buy one maybe, although I'd probably look at other alternatives in caliber for Africa. On the otherhand if African games no where in the picture then a big +1 with previous post. If your serious about shooting elk and your really into Weatherby then I'd look at a 300 and if you like alot of recoil in a Weatherby then 338-378...either would knock the you know what out of an elk at 1000 yards in the proper hands. I have nothing against Weatherby but, I wouldn't go with either just too many other choices out.

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    460 would be a great close range timber elk rifle with a good brake on it. But unless you are trying to meet caliber restrictions in Africa I would go with the 378 wby or 338-378 wby. Those two are the top of the line best long range elk cartridges out there. With the new high bc 375 caliber bullets the 378 wby is amazing at long range anumals. I have broken out my old 378 wby now trying some of these bullets and it is amazing.
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    well first off i plan on buying a new model so it would have the "accubrake " so it wouldn't be 99 ft lbs maybe 60 ft lbs or 50 ft lbs, that #'s i can live with.And with lighter bullet 320 grains @ 3200 fps i think i could reach out there .I seen load for the .416 weatherby 180 grain bullet @ 4000 fps .I could go with a .416 or 378 weatherby .
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    I was assuming no one made a long range bullet in the 45s but I can't claim to have looked either. Most of the 45 slugs are bricks. Speed can sometimes make up for inefficiency but not always or often. Then again like I said if it it's what you want, why not.

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    P.S. if 378 and 416 give you an edge in the ballistics and bullet selection over the 460 it sounds like it would be worth running the numbers on .
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