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Old 02-14-2009, 07:05 PM
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Long Range Elk Rifle

I'm looking into building an elk rifle for reaching out and touching them 600-800 yd. Several ppl that I have talked to said to get a 338 to make sure they go down and not run as far. However, one guy I know says the 7 mag is all you need. I was looking into the new 7mm WSM, or just a regular 7 mag. Or maybe a 280, 338, 300win mag/wsm. Just curious what everyones thoughts are.

I will be putting on a 26-28" heavy barrel ( I really don't care about the weight). Putting it on an old winchester 30-06 action. I've asked before about making a target rifle, but think I'm going to make it a designated elk/big game hunting rifle. I will prolly put a break on it so recoil isnt an issue either.

I know this will get a whole bunch of diff responses, just wondering pro/con's of the diff caliber so I can choose what is right for me. Thanks for the help!
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Old 02-14-2009, 09:43 PM
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Re: Long Range Elk Rifle

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I'm looking into building an elk rifle for reaching out and touching them 600-800 yd. Several ppl that I have talked to said to get a 338 to make sure they go down and not run as far. However, one guy I know says the 7 mag is all you need. I was looking into the new 7mm WSM, or just a regular 7 mag. Or maybe a 280, 338, 300win mag/wsm. Just curious what everyones thoughts are.

I will be putting on a 26-28" heavy barrel ( I really don't care about the weight). Putting it on an old winchester 30-06 action. I've asked before about making a target rifle, but think I'm going to make it a designated elk/big game hunting rifle. I will prolly put a break on it so recoil isnt an issue either.

I know this will get a whole bunch of diff responses, just wondering pro/con's of the diff caliber so I can choose what is right for me. Thanks for the help!
With the proper bullets ( 160grs+ )all of the rifles you listed will do the job at 6 to 800 yrds.

But Elk are very big and I would recomend the 300 win mag,300 Weatherby or the 300 RUM
with 200+gr bullets.

If you will/can shoot over 800 yrds then I would recomend any 338 out to about 1200yrds.

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Old 02-14-2009, 11:16 PM
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Re: Long Range Elk Rifle

Go with the 338 RUM/Lapua/Edge/Allen EX/Allen Mag. Shoot the 300 SMK.
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Old 02-15-2009, 12:56 AM
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Re: Long Range Elk Rifle

I am by no means an expert on elk killing rifles, but as a guide who has seen a ton of elk killed, and an owner of many different rifle calibers. I will offer this opinion. I started to think I needed a super cannon. I'll inject that I love my 308win and this past fall shot completely through the chest of a cow elk at 550 yards, with a 168gr. Barnes. Back on subject, super to me is a 300 Ultra with 200gr accubond. It shoots pretty bug holes, super fast and super loud. My story goes like this. This past fall while hunting we spotted these bulls, and were trying to get within 600 yard because of a strong wind. The issue that slapped me in the face, is that a different bull presented himself in the timber, and this cumbersome cannon was not condusive to off-hand shooting. The bottom line is I can kill every rock in the country with my cannon. For elk hunting out to 600 yards I will choose the rifle and caliber that I can shoot effectively in every situation.
I am a computer moron and this is the only way that I can show off pictures. Below is the web address to some pictures of elk that some clients have killed with me. Many of the hunters were young first time hunters with non magnum calibers.
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Old 02-15-2009, 01:19 AM
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Re: Long Range Elk Rifle

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Point well made!

I guess why I never bring an elk home is that I pass on the short shots for the long ones that so far haven't presented themselves.

I too can break those rocks in to small pieces but the dern things can't be chewed no matter how long ya boil 'em.

PM me on what the deal is to get to ride one of those critters on a hunt. Especially that pinto that ya can shoot off of ..........once
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Old 02-15-2009, 02:22 AM
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Re: Long Range Elk Rifle

Lots of correct answers to your question. I like the 7mm Rem Mag with a 180 VLD.

At 600 yards, it's going faster, has more energy, and drifts less in the wind than a 300 Ultramag shooting a conventional design 180gr.. That, combined with less recoil and seeing a bunch of elk go down quick with 500+ yard shots, makes it tops in my book.
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Old 02-15-2009, 06:33 AM
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Re: Long Range Elk Rifle

I would pick one of these 7's.

Your next rifle will be in which cartridge
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