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460 wby "ok for Elk"???

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Old 02-06-2010, 01:44 AM
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Re: 460 wby "ok for Elk"???

I know for sure i want a mark v in either .378,.416, or 460 wby mag.Part of me is that if im going big go all the way .460 kinda rolls off the tongue .
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Old 02-06-2010, 01:58 AM
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Re: 460 wby "ok for Elk"???

I'm betting if you go with anything els (regardless of the pros and cons) your always going to wish ya had gone bigger so I say knock your self out, Just give me some warning before you turn that cannon loose. Life is to short not to have whatever it is you gotta have.
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Old 02-06-2010, 04:32 AM
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Re: 460 wby "ok for Elk"???

If your set on a Weatherby 378, 416 or 460 then why not 338-378 Weatherby? It's a 378 necked down to 338 with a 300 gr smk and could easily exceed 3000 fps.
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Old 02-06-2010, 08:49 AM
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Re: 460 wby "ok for Elk"???

I'm in the house and don't have my loading data, but I've loaded 350gr Hornady jacketed round nose bullets to 3100 fps with no pressure signs. Even with the lousy B/C, they ought to get it done out to 300-400 yds. I've also loaded 400gr Barnes X's (that I moly coated). No pressure signs either. Never chronographed them, but would expect 2800-2900 fps easy. They definitely would get it done, probably out to 500 yds.

I've shot three 460's and all had the integral brake. Recoil was stated by Wby to be 82 ft/lbs with the old elephant box 500gr ammo. On the bench, they get tedious after 3-4 rounds. The 350gr handloads were pussycats. Lots of fun, and cheap to shoot, (relatively). The 400's were fun also. With an Accubrake, recoil should be down to 50 - 60 ft/lbs with the factory 500's, and much less with lighter bullets. Factory ammo and brass are very expensive, so be prepared.

Once you shoot one, the rest get a little boring. I've never hunted with one, but wouldn't hesitate to do so. One very important caution: use a scope with at least 3.5" of eye relief. 4" is better. It is sometimes hard to keep it from tapping your eyebrow!

My choice for Elk would be a .340 Wby at about 9 - 10 lbs scoped, with 250gr Nosler Partitions, but if I wanted a .460, I wouldn't settle for anything else and I would hunt with it.

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Old 02-06-2010, 08:05 PM
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Re: 460 wby "ok for Elk"???

I have done looked at ammo price's 130$-20 rds but hey it's somthing i really want.The reason i dont want a 340 or 378 wby or similar is because im already going to get a 338 win mag so i don't want to get another gun under .40 caliber
.Probably get the abolt first then the 460 wby in september .
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Old 02-06-2010, 08:13 PM
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Re: 460 wby "ok for Elk"???

Sounds like if you have an iche for one and don't get it then it will only continue to iche you...so go for it. Give us a report on the first elk you kill with it. Good luck and enjoy.
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Old 02-07-2010, 12:26 AM
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Re: 460 wby "ok for Elk"???

?? Is the 460 OK for elk, NO , NOT IF YOURE THE ELK gOOD LUCK
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