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Are Elk easy to kill?

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Are Elk easy to kill?

I have shot plenty of Red Stags which are a bit smaller than Elk and found them easy to kill. A .243 would do OK.

I have also shot plenty of Sambar deer which are between Red deer and Elk in size, and found them hard to kill. A 338 is a good choice.

I saw plenty of Elk while on a Mule deer hunt in New Mexico and was impressed by their size, but have always wondered, really, how tough are Elk to kill in comparison to other animals?
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    Re: Are Elk easy to kill?

    Easy? Tough? I'm staying away from that debate ... way too many factors, esp when "adrenaline" is involved. IMHO, shot placement and excellent bullet design, and staying within the hunter/equipment limitations are key factors ... and yes any of the .338s are excellent choices ... I use .200g NAB (.300WM) and .225g NAB (.338WM) in my pursuit.

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    Elk are tough as nails!
    They have a very high will of survival.
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    Re: Are Elk easy to kill?

    If they absolutely aren't hit in a "dead right there" area (ie. central nervous system), they can go for miles.

    I saw a cow that was hit in a single lung and heart that went for 2 miles. I think the blood filled the area around the heart and it acted like a sump pump! The hit was with a 7mm Rem Mag from about 300yds. The only reason she stopped in 2 miles was that she was shot with the 7mm again behind the ear as she looked back to see who was following her! I'm sure that 1/2" further back on the heart and she would have went only 50yds or so.


    Elk can die easily, but it's not the norm.

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    Re: Are Elk easy to kill?

    I have personally seen somewhere near thirty elk killed, with bows to 338's. Those that were hit well died immediately. Those hit marginally or poorly exhibited an astounding vitality.
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    Re: Are Elk easy to kill?

    If you botch the first shot then they will take you for a death march but a good shot through both lungs or the heart and they usually tip after a few steps even with smaller calibers. The most sure thing is getting both lungs, I have actually had bad luck with high shoulder or spine on an elk I have seen two bang flops then come back to life. I have had whitetail does pack more than an elk from the same gun. What ever caliber that one can shoot well and will get through the chest will kill them as long as the caliber and bullet match the range.
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    Re: Are Elk easy to kill?

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    If they absolutely aren't hit in a "dead right there" area (ie. central nervous system), they can go for miles.

    AJ
    Iíve been hunting and shooting elk for a long time and AJís statement above is as real as it gets.
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