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Old 04-23-2011, 07:06 AM
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I also think you will end up having to have a custom made scabbard for your rifle, as I've also never seen a regular one that would take scopes like you're talking about.
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Old 04-23-2011, 09:13 AM
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On my last guided elk hunt I sorted through the 15 scabbards the outfitter had & used the largest that my Browning A-bolt with a 3.5-10x50 Leupold fit quite snugly. One hunter never quite got his rifle into his scabbard.

I have seen larger scabbards advertised, so I know they can be bought SOMEWHERE, but they are not the norm & I wouldn't expect an outfitter to have any unless I cleared that in advance.
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Old 04-23-2011, 09:57 AM
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We have to supply our own. My cousin who were going withhas a couple of them and he said our big Scopes may not fit.
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Old 04-23-2011, 06:09 PM
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Being a lifelong Colorado resident I would say bring the 300 win. I have taken many animals with a 30-06 and 165gr boattails. That includes bull elk at 475 yards. The 257 would work fine but why under power it? A 30-378 is great but you probably won't be shooting far enough to make it count. I use either my '06 with 165's or my 300 RUM with 180's. That combo will take care of any situation that I may find.
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Old 04-23-2011, 10:35 PM
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I would agree that on an elk hunt, especially if you are going to be shooting at any real distances, that you should take take the biggest caliber that you are real comfortable with. They are a tough animal and the big bull my buddy shot with a 7 mag last Fall in Wyoming tried to get back up and shake it off before John put a second one in him to keep him down! That is one thing that I have heard a number of people say and it's to keep shooting until they're down for the count.
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Re: Colorado elk hunt, non resident, public ground.

Lots of good advice here so far, I'll throw in my 2 cents. I have three rifles that I have hunted elk with and do not hesitake taking any of them. For the most part I have used Accubonds recently and usually my .300 Win Mag with 180's. Has dropped elk in their tracks, that last two at 297 yards and 350 yards. I have also used my 30-06 and a 7RM. Scopes have been 4X12X40 Leupold, X9X40 Leupold and 4.5X14X40 Nikon. These last two elk have been the farthest shots I have had to make. I have shot 6 other elk all between 75 and 150 yards. They are big animals and I shouldn't have to say, you need to hit where it hurts. Get you some good optics, binos and maybe a spotting scope, I suggest that you use them more than you may think. And as mentioned, get in the best shape you can.

So all this isn't much new to add to the topic, but something I do have some more avice on is altitude sickness. I used to get it pretty bad. I now start taking Ginkgo Biloba (you can find it anywhere that sells vitamins) a couple months before hunting season. I used to get sick every trip for the first day, headache, vomit, would be fine after a day or so. One trip to Utah's high country I got incredibly sick, took hours to get back to the truck, never thought a man could throw up or at least try too so much. Ten years ago I heard about taking the Ginkgo Biloba and gave it a try, haven't had any problem what so ever since. So at least for me, it works and I still use it every year starting in July.

Have a good time on your trip, but elk hunting can be addictive. I've had the bug since taking my first elk (a 6X8 tule elk here in California in '96). I may even be in that same unit in Colorado, its a toss up right now between an OTC rifle permit there or a general archery elk tag in Utah, all depend on what we draw in the regular draws.

Regardless, good luck to all and may the tag Gods be nice to you.

Cheers
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:50 AM
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Re: Colorado elk hunt, non resident, public ground.

Have hunted elk and lived in Colorado for twenty five years and there are some really good advice from previous members. The top three that I will say and have been previously posted are. Start riding at least a month beforehand, take the 30 and hydrate/ GB like crazy a week before you get here to avoid altitude sickness. Good luck and have fun.
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