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Old 02-24-2011, 09:07 PM
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Re: Backup rifle for elk hunt?

The area where we will hunt has open meadows, long, wide open valleys and dark timber. No one in the hunting party has actually seen the area but Google Earth 3D shows the higher elevations to around 9500 feet are heavily treed. I may need to consider the 30-30 but will need to put a scope on it as the iron sights are horribly inaccurate not matter how much I try to adjust them. Again, thanks for your responses.
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Old 02-25-2011, 02:01 AM
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Re: Backup rifle for elk hunt?

Hey,

as a Backup rifle for Elk i recommend you a Marlin 1895 in 45-70 Gov. or 450 Marlin!

I have one in 450 Marlin for battue hunting on wild boar here in Germany. Shooting distance is usually less than 100 meters. At this distance it is outstanding!

In my opinion, very well suited as a Backup rifle!

Greets
Pascal
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Old 02-25-2011, 01:02 PM
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Re: Backup rifle for elk hunt?

Biggs300,
I would have to agree the 45.70 is a great back up rifle anywhere. I have a M71 in .348 Win I've used for years as a back. But when I really want "light carry rifle" as the back I still use my {1943} M94 .30 30 Win. or my (1970) M94 in .44 Mag.
As for the scope comment; try a set of Williams FP-94/36 receiver peep sight with a new fiber front, you'll pick up the accuracy and dump the weight of the scope. Leave the smaller peep in when your in a little more open country, unscrew it and take it out when your hunting the thick dark areas for faster shot’s, it make a good ghost ring when the peep aperture is removed.
Here's a thread of a few of my deer rifles and back up rifles.
1903 M96 K31 with Deer rifles
Good luck
436
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:42 PM
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Re: Backup rifle for elk hunt?

436, the peep sights look interesting. I never rally thought too much about using peeps primarily because the factory iron sights that came on the gun are so poor. And, you do have some great backup rifles and a couple that would be great "go-to" rifles as well.
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:00 PM
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Re: Backup rifle for elk hunt?

Biggs300,
Thanks for the kind words..... I think if you give those peep sights a chance you'll be very happy with how they work.
Good luck.
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