Originally Posted by cmorsch
Well as far as the hunt went, It kicked my butt all over the place, being out of shape and the difference in elevation tore me up every day. Shooting sticks are a life saver, as well as good clothing, it was cold and windy in the mornings and evenings, but warmed up in the afternoon. The elk really only seemed to be moving right after sunrise and just before sunset. The biggest thing I took away from it was carry as light a rifle as possible. Mine weighs in at just over 14 lbs., and once I added in all my other equipment in my eberlestock j107 I was packing over 40 lbs. of gear up and down mountains all day. I know that I'm also going to use the 30-06 as a back up from now on, and will build a mag of some sort since I think its odd my rounds never exited the bull, it could of made tracking blood a pain if I had needed to do so.
It's not the 30.06. Congratulations by the way! I've killed a few game with the Accubond and curiously, I've had very few exit. A stark contrast to that is every single ballistic tip I've ever used since the late 80s passed through everything. You don't need a magnum anything for elk but you do need a lighter rifle. Your choice.
I have a 30.06 that's got a lot of work done but I kept a 22" barrel on it by PacNor and the factory wood stock, just pillar and skim bedded it, added a decelertor pad on it. It is one of my lightest rifles and I LOVE hunting with it.
Do yourself a favor, load some 180 Barnes TSX or TTSX as hot as your rifle will take it where accuracy is to your satisfaction. Reloder 22 should accomplish this. Only drawback is the weight of your current rifle. I wouldn't hump the mountains with that on my back, ever.
If you are building, obviously, your choices are unlimited really, but there's NOTHING wrong with your 30.06 choice. In fact, I have 168 Barnes TSX and TTSX with a stiff charge of H4350 in the TSX and Re19 for the TTSX and I wouldn't hesitate to use either on an elk to 400 yards. If those or a 180 won't pass through nearly 100% of the time I'd be surprised.