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Old 05-04-2009, 12:48 AM
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Re: Caliber for elk

Whichever you are most likely to put the bullet where it belongs with.
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:15 PM
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Re: Caliber for elk

Thanks for all the answers.
I shoot both (700 Classics) equally well. I will go with the 338 & 225 gr Nosler Partitions with 73.5gr H4831. Scope is a Leupy Vari X 111, 3.5x10, and I will stay under 300 yards.
(I had 35 rounds left of; 165 gr Nosler Partitions after a caribou trip to Northern Quebec) Guess I will have to go back to Quebec then.
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:34 PM
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Re: Caliber for elk

Good choice and no reason to stay under 300 yds with that cartridge shooting MOA.

My suggestion... if you're hunting elk, their vital zone is large. Zero for 300 yds and make a drop chart for 400-500... and practice a little. You might find an opportunity to make a 400 or 500 yd shot. In some situations you may not get closer. And take a range finder. It's real easy to miss judge distance by 50-100 yds.

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Old 05-04-2009, 10:27 PM
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Thanks for all the answers.
I shoot both (700 Classics) equally well. I will go with the 338 & 225 gr Nosler Partitions with 73.5gr H4831. Scope is a Leupy Vari X 111, 3.5x10, and I will stay under 300 yards.
(I had 35 rounds left of; 165 gr Nosler Partitions after a caribou trip to Northern Quebec) Guess I will have to go back to Quebec then.
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Good choice and no reason to stay under 300 yds with that cartridge shooting MOA.

My suggestion... if you're hunting elk, their vital zone is large. Zero for 300 yds and make a drop chart for 400-500... and practice a little. You might find an opportunity to make a 400 or 500 yd shot. In some situations you may not get closer. And take a range finder. It's real easy to miss judge distance by 50-100 yds.

Good hunting

-MR
I would have to agree with all of the above, definitely the range finder. If you have a steady rest, an exact yardage and the correct trajectory for your bullet, 400 yds would be reasonable with practice. However, you are the one who knows your limitations so stick to the max distance you are comfortable with and I hope you shoot a big one!
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Old 05-05-2009, 05:05 PM
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Re: Caliber for elk

I am a pretty good rifle rifle shot. Shoot even in the winter and most times I am the only one there, aside from the range officer ofcourse.
Only problem is there is no place to practice beyond 200 yards, and then there are few 200 yard ranges here in Michigan. I shoot mostly at 100 yards.
Recoil from the 338 does not bother me, so I am lucky in that regard.
Thanks for all the great advice, and I do have a range finder.
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:34 AM
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Re: Caliber for elk

Where in Michigan are you? If you're in the southern area there's a great range in northern Indiana that goes out to 1000 yards called Youngs Longshot. If you're going to go through all the trouble of going out west on an elk hunt it'd be well worth it to take a long drive some day and spend a whole day practicing at a range with steel targets every 100 yards.

You may find out you're better with one rifle than you are the other especially if you haven't shot past 200 yards with them yet.
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