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Old 05-03-2009, 07:59 PM
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Caliber for elk

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Which caliber for elk in Utah this fall? Probably will not shoot over 300 yards, being an eastern whitetail hunter.
Remy 700 in 30.06 - 165 gr Nosler Partition
Remy 700 in 338 - 210 or 225 gr Nosler partition
Both shoot MOA.
Thanks in advance, and appreciate all opinions.
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:09 PM
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Re: Caliber for elk

Either will work well. I'd hedge towards the .338 since you are going specifically for elk, but what ever rifle suits the terrain and method you will be hunting is the best bet.
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:31 PM
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Re: Caliber for elk

Either will do the job. If you shoot both equally well, I would take the 338.
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:44 PM
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I would take the 338 if it is within a pound in weight of the 06.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:36 PM
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Re: Caliber for elk

Beings how both will do the job well, I would take the one I was the most comfortable AND confident with provided you stick to your guns and keep it to within 300 yards or so.
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:09 PM
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Re: Caliber for elk

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Which caliber for elk in Utah this fall? Probably will not shoot over 300 yards, being an eastern whitetail hunter.
Remy 700 in 30.06 - 165 gr Nosler Partition
Remy 700 in 338 - 210 or 225 gr Nosler partition
Both shoot MOA.
Thanks in advance, and appreciate all opinions.
Bear2
For Elk I would choose the 700 rem 338 Ultra mag with the 225gr Accubond at any distance.

The Partition has been my favorite bullet for almost 50 years but the Accubond is proving
to be better.

The 250gr Accubond is even better but recoil is more.

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Old 05-03-2009, 11:28 PM
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Re: Caliber for elk

For elk, bigger is always better. Though the little'ns get the job done.

I'd grade the 30 cal 165 class as marginal and pretty much the same for the 338 with anything less than a 225 NAB especially beyond the 250 yard mark.

I know died in the wool elk shooters who limit their weapons to 338, 358 and 375 cals.

But I also know just as many that are regular elk getters with cartridges from 6.5-06 through the 30-06.

However, which ever rifle you are most comfortable with and remember to keep shooting until it's down.
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