Originally Posted by Topshot
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?
I have seen Elk killed with bow and gun and based on this I have my on opinion like every
one else and I recomend 70 lbs + for bows and heavy arrows to achieve pass through
For rifles the 270 win with 150 gr bullets would be my minimum cal , with the 338 as the
recommended cal with 200gr+ bullets. I have never owned one but the best / most consistent
DRT rifle In the hands of a good shot was the 340 Weatherby Mag. (A 338 cal).
So any of the 338s will work well if shot placement is good.
As to the toughness of Elk They are big and there nervous system will handle a lot of pain and
stress so shot placement is very important.
Also if most game animals are at rest/undisturbed they will go down faster because they don't
have the adrenaline working for them.
But if they are spooked or warned of danger they become harder to kill quickly unless you make
a spinal shot.
I have killed Elk with both bow and rifle and had them stand there confused and not move
because they were totally surprised and then just fall dead in there tracks.
But have shot them after spooking them and have them run amazing distances with perfect shot placement. (With bow and rifle). So I don't recomend running shots at all unless you have good
shoes and plenty of time.
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