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Old 08-17-2009, 05:28 PM
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First Elk Hunt coming up, what gun?

Going on my first elk hunt in Wyoming at the end of October. Got lucky and drew a special bull permit. (first time I have applied).

This is the kicker, I'm just not into big guns, well, except for a TRG42 that I fell in love with last year. I have loaded 250gr SMK and 225gr Accubonds. The Accubonds run a mild 2840fps.

The TRG is a bit big and bulky, would like a downsized rig. (Even though I don't think the weight is a problem) This is my other options.

Rem SPS 300WSM
Rem 700P 300WM
Both above guns are stocked, bedded, ready for a scope set on it and dialed in. Both have been shot with VXII 3x9's and produced darn good groups out of the box using Rem Core locks and or Win Grey Box.

What would you guys run on the first hunt?
Just having a hard time deciding what to run.

I won't handload for the two Rem models this year, but will expire some ammo getting either one tuned in and familiar with whatever I go with.

Too many choices!
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:39 PM
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Re: First Elk Hunt coming up, what gun?

I am intrigued with the 300 WSM and I would love to have one. My 300 win mag shoots very well and both will do the job on any elk alive. Carry the one you feel most confident shooting, but take both just in case you need a back up.

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Old 08-17-2009, 10:48 PM
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Re: First Elk Hunt coming up, what gun?

IMHO I think you will be just fine with either 300wsm. Sounds like you are pretty comfortable with them and that is half the battle. Have fun! Elk hunting is a great trip!
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:23 AM
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Re: First Elk Hunt coming up, what gun?

Bring the one that shoots the best and you feel most comfortable with. Also bring a spare for the"unexpected". Any one of them will kill an elk.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:46 AM
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Re: First Elk Hunt coming up, what gun?

300? They are sweet for elk hunting.
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Re: First Elk Hunt coming up, what gun?

300 win or wsm I would close my eyes and pick one.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:51 PM
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Re: First Elk Hunt coming up, what gun?

I agree with Cinch, The key is how well you can handle the guns. If I was you I would check out the area that you are going to hunt in and get an idea of the kind of shots you will take. Based off that I would go to the range and attempt a number of shots with both guns at different yardage/angles/rests and determine which gun you shot better and pick that one.

I hunt elk every year and carry a 15.0 lb gun where ever I go. Physical fitness may be what makes the decision for you. Thats my 2 cents.

GOOD LUCK, once you go elk hunting, you will never be the same........ that is one thing we can all agree on!
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