Re: Long Range Elk Rifle
My vote goes to the 338. Every elk I have ever hit with a 338 took the hit hard. Most were hit so hard that they couldn't walk, even on one that I hit too far back at 582 yards with a 225 accubond, it made for an easy follow up shot. When a perfect good shot is made, all the calibers listed will do the job, but I have had the misfortune of making a few non perfect shots due to high winds, shooter error and have never lost an elk hit in the body. We won't count the two that got front legs blown off due to shooter error. One the other hand, I have seen quite a few elk hit with 30 cals that ran off several hundred yards with good hits. As far as recoil is concerned, my 300 rum doesn't kick with a brake. My 338 ultra still has a pretty good kick to it with a brake, but I am pushing a 225 at 3300.
Remington model 700 300 RUM LH 26" rem ss/blued receiver lam stock 215 Berger @3070/180 NAB @3300/Leupold 6.5-20x50
Remington model 700 338 RUM LH 26" Bartlein 5C #4 Muscle Brake, blueprinted action, sako extractor, jewell trigger, bell and carlson Alaskan stock/Black cera coat/Sightron SIII 8-32x56 moa reticle, external elevation turret
Savage LH 22-250/Sightron 4-16